Nicenboim, I.


Iohanna Nicenboim is a design researcher focused on how to design for complex socio-technical systems in the connected everyday life. Her background brings together digital media with interaction and industrial design. She has  taught classes at the UDK and Node Center, and worked at the Design Research Lab as well as in the Rethinking Prototyping project at the UDK Berlin.

Iohanna received the 2015-16 Internet of Things Award for the Best Design Fiction project,  participated in residency programs, and gave talks in different cities such as Helsinki, Delft, Milan or Tel Aviv. Her work was presented at international exhibitions and conferences, like FutureEverything, Transmediale, Milan Design Week and Dutch Design Week.

She was part of the organisation team of Retune 2014 Conference, a collaborator of The Good Home project, and a reviewer for TEI16, the International conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction. She also organized several exhibitions independently, as well as academic events while working at the Design Research Lab. 

More information about Iohanna can be found on her personal website


  • 2014-2015
    MA on the Internet of Things, Digital Media Design, UDK Berlin
  • 2006-2009
    BA, Industrial Design, Bezalel Academy Jerusalem


    • 2011-2016  
      Independent Interaction Designer
      Moving around the fields of Critical and Speculative Design, Design Fiction, and Media Studies, I explore poetical interactions with technology and specifically data, in a near future. More information
    • 2012-2017
      Online teacher, Node Center for Curatorial Studies
      Monthly online course on the planning and design of three-dimensional environments that encourage visitor’s understanding, participation, and emotional engagement. More information
    • 2014-2015
      Research Assistant, Rethinking Prototyping project, UDK Berlin
      I worked at the Beyond Prototyping group as research assistant of Jussi Ängeslevä. In this project, we explored the possibilities of algorithmically defined products that can be easily manufactured using digital fabrication techniques. Among other tasks, I conducted a user study and co-wrote a chapter in the book Rethink! Prototyping, Transdisciplinary Concepts of Prototyping.  More information
    • 2014-2016  
      Teaching and curating, Design Research Lab, UDK Berlin  
      At the DRL, I  taught a Methods Course for bachelor and Master students. I also co-curated the symposium “Open Cities”, which focused on meaningful tools and processes of self-empowerment in the context of cities today. Additionally, I curated and designed an exhibition for the “Community Now” project, discussing bottom-up movements of collaboration, self-organization and participation in the city. More information

    Specialisation/field of research

    Iohanna's research focuses on how to design connected interactions in emerging data ecosystems. Her practice often shows a provocative approach towards technology, and the way it relates to society. Following a Research through Design process, Iohanna investigates interactions in the area of IoT, automation, integrating ethnographic fieldwork with Machine Learning. She works with methods from both human as well as from Thing-centered design. In Resourceful Ageing, her role includes to design a research artifacts, conduct participatory sessions and workshops.

    Lectures and/or coaches students on:

    Supervises students from the Interactive Media Design Master program

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