David Chatting

I am a designer and technologist who works in software and hardware to explore the impact of emerging technologies in everyday lives. I am a designer at Newcastle University's Open Lab and I have my own design practice. Previously, I was a Senior Researcher at BT's Broadband Applications Research Centre.

I have a PhD from the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London (2023), a Master's degree in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art (2012) and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham (2000).

I have published papers and filed patents in the fields of HCI, psychology, tangible interfaces, computer vision and computer graphics. My portfolio has many examples of my projects.

My clients have included ITO World, Aldeburgh Music, Studio XO, Hirsch and Mann, Native Design, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Di Mainstone, Zoe Garner Glass and Design Informatics. New propositions should be addressed to:

I cofounded the Curiosity Collective (2005-2015) and I convened dorkbot anglia (2010-2015).

On LinkedIn, github, instagram and twitter.


The Router of All Evil: Designerly Hacking a Network of One’s Own
D Chatting. TEI 2024. (February 2024). [DOI]

Data Probes: Reflecting on Connected Devices with Technology-Mediated Probes
N Taylor, D Chatting and J Rogers. TEI 2024. (February 2024). [DOI]

A Network of One’s Own: Struggles to Domesticate the Internet
D Chatting. Goldsmiths, University of London. PhD thesis (2023). [DOI]

Automated Indifference
D Chatting. Interactions Magazine. Volume 30, Issue 2 (March - April 2023). [DOI]

Pace Layer Prototyping: How Prototypes Learn
D Chatting. Interactions Magazine. Volume 30, Issue 2 (March - April 2023). [DOI]

Emergence as a Feature of Practice-based Design Research
W Gaver, PG Krogh, A Boucher and D Chatting. DIS 2022. (June 2022). [DOI]

Yo–Yo Machines: Self-Build Devices that Support Social Connections During the Pandemic
Gaver W, Boucher A, Brown D, Chatting D, Matsuda N, Ovalle L, Sheen A and Vanis M. CHI 2022. (May 2022). [DOI]

Zoom Obscura: Counterfunctional Design for Video-Conferencing
Elsden C, Chatting D, Duggan M, Dwyer A and Thornton P. CHI 2022. (May 2022). [DOI]

Yo-Yo Machines: Self-Build Peripheral Awareness Communication Devices
Interaction Research Studio. Interactions Magazine. Volume 28, Issue 6. (November 2021). [DOI]

Design for Reappearance in Smart Technologies
Chatting D, Taylor N and Rogers J. CSCW 2021 Workshop on Designing for Data Awareness. (October 2021). [PDF]

Designing for intersubjectivity and dialogicality in museum interactive installations about migration
Galani A, Durrant A, Chatting D and Farley R. Digital Creativity Volume 31, 2020 - Issue 4 (November 2020). [DOI]

Inarticulate Devices: Critical Encounters with Network Technologies in Research Through Design
Gatehouse C and Chatting D. DIS 2020 (July 2020). [DOI]

The Stuffness of Research Through Design
Chatting D. DIS 2020 RtD in Situ (virtual) workshop (July 2020). [PDF]

RtD in Situ: Discussing the Domains and Impact of Design Research
Jenkins T, Odom W, Pierce J, Andersen K, Boucher A, Chatting D and Gaver W. DIS 2020 RtD in Situ (virtual) workshop (July 2020). [DOI]

Doing things with research through design: with what, with whom, and towards what ends?
Andersen K, Boucher A, Chatting D, Desjardins A, Devendorf L, Gaver W, Jenkins T, Odom W, Pierce J and Vallgårda A. CHI 2019 Doing Things with Research through Design workshop (May 2019). [DOI]

ThinkActive: Designing for Pseudonymous Activity Tracking in the Classroom
Garbett A, Chatting D, Wilkinson G, Lee C and Kharrufa A. CHI 2018 (April 2018). [DOI]

Crafting a place for attending to the things of design at CHI
Odom W, Jenkins T, Andersen K, Gaver W, Pierce J, Vallgårda A, Boucher A, Chatting D, van Kollenburg J and Lefeuvre K. interactions (Volume 25 Issue 1, January + February 2018). [DOI]

Designing Documentary Informatics
Elsden C, Durrant A C, Chatting D and Kirk D S. DIS 2017 (June 2017). [DOI]

Making Ritual Machines:
The Mobile Phone as a Networked Material for Research Products

Chatting D, Kirk D S, Durrant A C, Elsden C, Yurman P and Bichard J. CHI 2017 (May 2017). [DOI]

On Speculative Enactments
Elsden C, Chatting D, Durrant A C, Garbett A, Nissen B, Vines J and Kirk D S. CHI 2017 (May 2017). [DOI]

Home Network Map: An Instrument for Design-Led Inquiry
Chatting D. CHI 2017 Making Home workshop (May 2017). [PDF]

Making Home: Asserting Agency in the Age of IoT
Chatting D, Wilkinson G, Marshall K, Desjardins A, Green D P, Kirk D S and Boucher A. CHI 2017 Making Home workshop (May 2017). [DOI]

Ritual Machine IV: A Message in a Jam
Chatting D, Yurman P, Bichard J and Kirk D S. CHI 2017 The Things of Design Research workshop (May 2017). [PDF]

Transitions in Digital Personhood: Online Activity in Early Retirement
Durrant A, Kirk D S, Trujillo Pisanty D, Moncur W, Orzech K, Schofield T, Elsden C, Chatting D and Monk A. CHI 2017 (May 2017). [DOI]

Ritual Machine V: Where are You?
Chatting D, Yurman P, Green D, Bichard J and Kirk D S. RTD 2017 (March 2017). [DOI]

Abacus Datagraphy: A Speculative Enactment
Elsden C, Durrant A, Chatting D, Green D and Kirk D S. RTD 2017 (March 2017). [DOI]

Ritual Machines I & II: Making Technology at Home
Kirk D S, Chatting D, Yurman P and Bichard J. CHI 2016 (May 2016). [DOI]

Ritual Machine V: Where are You?
Chatting D, Kirk D S, Yurman P and Bichard J. CHI 2016 Object Outcomes workshop (May 2016). [PDF]

Metadating: Exploring the Romance and Future of Personal Data
Elsden C, Nissen B, Garbett A, Chatting D, Kirk D S and Vines J. CHI 2016 (May 2016). [DOI]

Designing for Family Phatic Communication:
A Design Critique Approach

Chatting D, Kirk D S, Yurman P and Bichard J, British HCI 2015 (July 2015). [DOI]

Metadating: Exploring the Romance of Personal Data
Elsden C, Nissen B, Chatting D, Garbett A, Vines J and Kirk D, CHI 2015 Workshop on Beyond Personal Informatics (April 2015). [PDF]

Quotidian Ritual and Work-Life Balance:
An Ethnography of Not Being There

Bichard J, Yurman P, Kirk D and Chatting D, Proceedings of EPIC 2014, p. 163-178 (September 2014).

Betagrams: Maker Culture and the Aesthetics of Prototyping
Arrigoni G, Schofield T, Almeida T, Chatting D, Freeth B, Haas A and Trujillo-Pisanty D, All Makers Now (July 2014). [PDF]

Speculation by Improvisation
Chatting D, DIS 2014 Workshop on Human-Computer Improvisation (June 2014). [PDF]

Visible Imagination: projected play
Chatting D and Sutton J S, HCI 2009 (September 2009). [PDF]

Character Mediated Communications
Chatting D, McCahill C and Gower A, Children and Embodied Interaction: Seeking Common Ground - IDC 2009 Workshop (June 2009). [PDF]

WISP: Wearable Illumination for Spatialised Play
Sutton J S and Chatting D, Night and darkness: Interaction after dark - CHI 2008 Workshop (April 2008). [PDF]

Action and Reaction for Physical Map Interfaces
Chatting D, Tangible and Embedded Interaction 2008 (February 2008). [PDF]

Presence and Portrayal: video for casual home dialogues
Chatting D, Galpin J S and Donath J S, ACM Multimedia 2006 (October 2006). [PDF]

Viewpoint dependence in adaptation to facial identity
Benton C P, Jennings S J and Chatting D, Vision Research 46(20):3313-25 (October 2006). [PDF]

Faces as Content
Chatting D and Thorne J M, HCI and the Face - CHI 2006 Workshop (April 2006). [PDF]

Making Recognisable Faces
Chatting D, Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition 2006 (April 2006). [PDF]

The Uncanny Valley: does it exist?
Brenton H, Gillies M, Ballin D and Chatting D, Workshop on Human-Animated Character Interaction - HCI 2005 (September 2005). [PDF]

The Uncanny Valley: does it exist and is it related to presence?
Brenton H, Gillies M, Ballin D and Chatting D, Presence-Connect (April 2005).

Prometheus: Facial Modelling, Tracking and Puppetry
Thorne J M and Chatting D, Vision, Video and Graphics, University of Bath, UK (July 2003). [PDF]

Real-time production and delivery of 3D media
Price M et al, Proc. International Broadcasting Convention, Amsterdam, Netherlands (September 2002). [PDF]

Designing User Interaction for Face Tracking Applications
Chatting D and Thorne J M, DSV-IS 2002 (June 2002). [PDF]
Republished in, "Lecture Notes in Computer Science - Interactive Systems" - ISBN: 3540002669

The Prometheus Project - the challenge of disembodied and dislocated performances
Thorne J M and Chatting D, BT Technology Journal, 20, No 1, pp 85-90 (January 2002). [PDF]
Republished in, "Broadband Applications and the Digital Home" - ISBN: 0852964285.


Mapping Horizons - the common sense of here
Chatting D, MA dissertation for the Royal College of Art (September 2011). [PDF]

Business Weekly Blog
Chatting D, Business Weekly (August 2008 to June 2009). [Archive]


Providing an Image for Display
Chatting D, Milner V L and Thorne J M.
Publication Patent: WO2008025969
Publication Date: 6th March 2008

Intelligent Media Content Playing Device with User Attention Detection, Corresponding Method and Carrier Medium
Chatting D and Kegel I C.
Publication Patent: WO2007113580
Publication Date: 11th October 2007

Adaptive Closed Group Caricaturing
Chatting D, Shadbolt A and Thorne J M.
Publication Patent: WO2005069226
Publication Date: 28th July 2005

Video Communications Method and System
Chatting D, Thorne J M and Morrison D G.
International Patent: WO2005025219
Publication Date: 17th March 2005

Image-Size Dependent Facial Caricaturing
Chatting D, Thorne J M and Nightingale C.
International Patent: WO2004102484
Publication Date: 25th November 2004

Feature Based Caricaturing
Chatting D, Thorne J M and Fendley M S.
International Patent: WO2004102483
Publication Date: 25th November 2004

Image Processing
Chatting D and Morrison D G.
International Patent: WO0175797
Publication Date: 11th October 2001


BT Balance
The Gadget Show - Channel Five, 17th December 2007.

New Scientist Graduate - Real Lives
New Scientist, 19th May 2007.

BT pilots 'motion-sensing' laptop
BBC, WIRED, Technology Review,, more, 30th April 2007.

Video: Man vs machine in football fan battle, 17th April 2007.

BT people in the spotlight
BT Today, 5th December 2006.

Home editing for TV soccer
BT Today, 13th October 2006.

BT computers calculate football highlights
Nic Fildes, The Independent, 18th July 2006.

Pupils given preview of tomorrow's world
The Strathspey & Badenoch Herald, 25th May 2006.


BT Balance
PC Pro Awards finalist (Technology Innovator category), 5th December 2007.
IET Awards finalist (Emerging Technologies category), 13th November 2007.