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Pamela Pavliscak

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Pamela is a designer and futurist, specializing in emotionally intelligent tech. Her work brings together empathy research, affective computing, and expressive interfaces to make technology more human.

In her work, she draws designers, developers, and decision-makers from organizations like IKEA, Virgin, and Google into creative collaboration to develop technologies with a higher EQ. She leads a human-centered design studio, Subjective.

Pamela’s work has appeared in The New York Times, NPR, Slate, CBC, and Quartz. She’s spoken at festivals like SXSW and NEXT, at major tech events like Web Summit and TNW, design conferences like Convey UX and Bump, specialized events like KES and CarHMI, corporate events at Facebook and Capital One and on the TEDx stage. She’s delivered guest lectures at Parsons School of Design, Stanford Design School, and ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination.

Her book Emotionally Intelligent Design maps out how we can create a more empathetic future by blending machine and human emotional intelligence. The collection Digital Fix includes her chapter about designing for well-being. Next, she’s working on a field guide to internet emotion.

MS University of Michigan, School of Information
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill