Understanding and Designing Human Data Relations

Conversation with Alex Bowyer

Alex Bowyer is a researcher and software engineer from North East England who has recently finished his PhD thesis at Newcastle University specialising in ‘Understanding and Improving Human Data Relations’. This Digital Civics research bridges participatory design, HCI, UX, social science and computer science. His research explores the power imbalance caused by organisations (in both public and private sector) holding personal data about service users, creating problems of access, representation, control and reduced accountability. Through legal routes such as GDPR requests and adversarial design approaches such as web extensions and data flow auditing, he now works to try and help individuals and collectives take control of their data and pressure digital service providers for better data rights and fairer treatment. He is currently working a s a senior software engineer at Hestia.ai, a Swiss company specialising in building tools and delivering training on how to obtain and make sense of one’s personal data. Hestia works with disadvantaged groups such as Uber drivers, helping them gather data to demand fairer treatment from their employers, or better rights as users.

You can read more about Alex’s research at:

He can be found on Twitter at @alexbfree.

Data consumption and experiences in the research process

Sandy Gould

Sandy Gould is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Informatics, Cardiff University. One of aspect of Sandy’s research focuses on the ways that computing technology is affecting how we work and what it means to work. In particular, he has been investigating how people’s work is tracked by digital technology (explicitly and implicitly) as they work, and how measures of work are constituted in workplaces.

The Quantified and Qualified Self: Digitizing, visualizing, & introspection

Yvette Shen

  • When: On May 31st, 2022 at 16:00 CEST
  • Where:
    • In person: TU Delft Campus, Building 32, Studio 18
    • Online: MS Teams
  • Recording

This presentation discusses several university class-based design projects for helping learners better understand themselves and their surroundings while learning the fundamental knowledge and techniques of information design. The metacognitive learning approach illustrates the potential of using data-driven information design and information visualization as an empowerment tool to support the students’ well-being.



Organisers: Alejandra Gomez Ortega, Janne van Kollenburg, Jacky Bourgeois

We had an initial, virtual gathering of the community at CHI’22 in a SIG format. We focused on mapping who is the data+design community and what is the terminology We went through a series of interactive activies to find out who was attending, the qualitative and quantitative data in use and in which design process.

We collectivelly created the following Miro board. Feel free to have a look and add your contribution on the map.