Assistant Professor of Data-Driven Design
Fascinated by how today’s interactive objects can embody data in their fabrication, functionality, and form, Institute of Design Assistant Professor Zach Pino designs with generative algorithms, machine learning models, wearable technologies, and reactive materiality. He aims to create data visualizations, personalized objects, accessible interactive experiences, and fabrication processes that educate, include, surprise, recollect, and encourage contemplation. He holds a bachelors of arts from the University of Chicago and a masters of design degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Zach’s contributes code to dozens of open source projects, and his work has been displayed at the Istanbul Design Biennial, Volume Gallery in Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Block Museum of Art. He has led technology-development projects with Steelcase Furniture and NEC America, and has built many digital prototyping courses and educational programs in design departments throughout Chicago for students of all ages and backgrounds.
Zach Pino & ID Students Explore Vulnerability and Self-Tracking through Four Designs
Assistant Professor Zach Pino led the Memiro team, which produced four distinct designs exploring self-tracking technologies for vulnerable populations: Digital Legacy, Community-Driven Cartography, Moving Alignment, and Personal Encoding.
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Introduction to Interaction
Explores the basic concepts of interaction design and fundamental theory
Investigates the elements, layout, and information structures in branded visual identity systems.
Explores a variety of digital fabrication tools alongside the language, limitations, and capabilities of contemporary and near-future digital manufacturing.
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Memiro Project Explores Uses for Self-Tracked Data
Set of Four Offerings Prioritizes Privacy and Enables Reflection
Confronting the Problem of Overzealous Phone Notifications
Students Design Away from Distraction, Present a Calming Alternative that Encourages Productivity
Demonstrating the Human Toll of COVID
A digital monument to commemorate human loss