María del Carmen Lamadrid is a media designer and tinkerer from Puerto Rico currently based in Los Angeles. She is interested in fostering collaborative research methods for civic design practices shaped by post-colonial theory. The goal is to visualize data and create delightful interventions that can unlock the implicit cultural knowledge people have of the places they live in and land-use policies.
She completed her MFA in Media Design from ArtCenter College of Design’s Media Design Practice/Field, in partnership with UNICEF Uganda Tech4Dev and the award-winning Designmatters.
Currently, she splits her time as Design Editor for the Public Laboratory of Open Technology and Science and her own practice SuperCommunity, a civic technologies and art collaborative in Los Angeles. She authored the Social Design Toolkit, a book about the darker side of neoliberal practices that foster structural inequality in Social Design.
Her work has been recognized and featured in the 2009 National Art Sample of Puerto Rico, the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney, Citizen Science Conference 2015, University of Brighton and Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design.