David Chatting

david.chatting@ncl.ac.uk | Research Associate

David Chatting

David Chatting is a Research Associate working on the EPSRC funded Family Rituals 2.0. David is a designer and technologist, who is interested in the "mundane future". He works in software and hardware, to explore the impact of emerging technologies in everyday lives.

David holds 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). He has almost ten years experience in corporate Research and Development for BT, where he was a Senior Researcher. He is an experienced software and electronic engineer, specialising in computer vision, tangible computing and data visualisation.

David’s design practice frequently examines modern notions of freewill and our sense of place in a networked world. Examples of his work can be found at: davidchatting.com/work

David cofounded the Ipswich based Curiosity Collective and is an organiser of dorkbot anglia. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art on the Design Interactions programme.


Transitions in Digital Personhood: Online Activity in Early Retirement
Durrant A, Kirk D, Trujillo-Pisanty D, Moncur W, Orzech L, Schofield T, Elsden C, Chatting D, Monk A, CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '17)6398-6411


Sit with Me
Galani A, Durrant A, Chatting D,
Metadating: Exploring the Romance and Future of Personal Data
Elsden C, Nissen B, Garbett A, Chatting D, Kirk D, Vines J, CHI '16: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems685-698
Ritual Machines I & II: Making Technology at Home
Kirk D, Chatting D, Yurman P, Bichard J, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 20162474-2486


Designing for Family Phatic Communication: A Design Critique Approach
Chatting DJ, Kirk DS, Yurman P, Bichard J, British HCI 2015175-183


Quotidian Ritual and Work-Life Balance: An Ethnography of Not Being There
Bichard J, Yurman P, Kirk DS, Chatting D, Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings (EPIC)163-178

Associated Projects

  • Out of Bounds
    Charting an Alternative A-Z of the Nation This project reimagines the poetic map of Britain. During 2016 literary critics, poets, computer scientists, students, teachers and arts organizations will digitally develop the critically acclaimed poetry ant...
    August 30, 2011
  • Metadating: Exploring the Romance of Personal Data
    'Metadating’ was a future-focused speed dating event where single participants were invited to 'explore the romance of personal data'. Participants engaged in reflection and self-tracking prior to the workshop, and created ‘data profiles’  whic...
    August 30, 2011
  • Family Rituals 2.0
    Family Rituals 2.0 is looking at the evolving nature of family life for people working away from home. How do mobile workers balance their work and life commitments? How does and could technology help and hinder this? This is a collaborative pro...
    August 30, 2011
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