David Chatting

david.chatting@ncl.ac.uk | Visiting Researcher

David Chatting

David Chatting is a Visiting Researcher at Open Lab and a PhD student at the Department of Design, Goldsmiths - University of London. 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.

Between 2013 and 2017 David was a Research Associate at Open Lab and formerly Culture Lab, working on a variety of projects including Family Rituals 2.0 and ThinkActive.io.

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


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
Open design at the intersection of making and manufacturing
Green DP, Fuchsberger V, Kirk D, Taylor N, Chatting D, Meissner J, Murer M, Tscheligi M, Lindtner S, Bjorn P, Reiter A, CHI EA '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems542-549
Making home: Asserting agency in the age of IoT
Chatting D, Wilkinson G, Marshall K, Desjardins A, Green D, Kirk D, Boucher A, CHI EA '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems526-533
Making Ritual Machines: The Mobile Phone as a Networked Material for Research Products
Chatting D, Kirk DS, Durrant AC, Elsden C, Yurman P, Bichard JA, CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems435-447
On Speculative Enactments
Elsden C, Chatting D, Durrant AC, Garbett A, Nissen B, Vines J, Kirk DS, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems5386-5399


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

  • ThinkActive.io
    This research aims to enhance the six week Match Fit programme currently delivered by Newcastle United Foundation (NUF) to primary aged pupils in the North East. This programme is successful in raising the activity and awareness food intake in its part...
    August 30, 2011
  • 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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