civic design

“Being a Particular Person in a Particular Body in a Particular Geographic Location… that Experience Is a Form of Empirical Data”

The Resonance Test 48: Catherine D’Ignazio

May 13, 2020
by Jen AshmanKen Gordon
catherine d'ignazio

In the two years since Catherine D’Ignazio last spoke with our Jen Ashman, she has co-authored a fascinating book called Data Feminism and started a new gig as an Assistant Professor of Urban Science and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. This time, their dialogue touches on the global benefits of teaching data feminism—“a way of thinking about data, both their uses and their limits, that is informed by direct experience, by a commitment to action, and by intersectional feminist thought," write D'Ignazio and her co-author Lauren F. Klein—remotely. Listen and learn about how our interdependence might lead to co-liberation, edible pie charts, and the idea of situated knowledge. There are multiple sides to this delightfully intelligent conversation, which makes sense because, as D'Ignazio says: “Data can be many things. Data could be images. They could be stories. They could be responses to a question.” Stand by for a number of thoughtful questions and wise responses…

Host: Macy Donaway
Editor: Kip Pilalas
Producer: Ken Gordon

The Resonance Test 48: Catherine D'Ignazio
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About the Author

  • Jen Ahsman
    Jen Ashman
    Senior Designer

    Jen sees products not only as functional objects, but as the experiences between which we live. She interconnects people and product, patterns and environment, and the graphic and the structural to create value and impact.

    Jen learns the “why” through research with consumers, visual envisioning of product and service experiences, and the development of design languages for products future and current. She’s directed the design of an at-home laser tool, created a design language for a line of catheters, and envisioned the integration of today’s digital media capability with the future of how entertainment will be enjoyed.

    Jen graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning with a degree in industrial design.

  • Gordon Ken
    Ken Gordon
    Principal Communications Specialist

    Ken makes Continuum’s work visible to the necessary people. He creates superlative content, works with colleagues to do the same, and employs social networks to share it widely.

    A card-carrying humanist, Ken co-founded QuickMuse, the improvisational writing website, and JEDLAB, the Jewish education community. He has written for, the New York Times, and many other pubs.

    Ken has an English degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MA in English from the State University of New York at Albany. He framed both diplomas long ago, but can’t seem to find them now—a fact he considers all-too-human.