Carnegie Mellon University

Dan Lockton

Dan Lockton

Assistant Professor, Design
Director, Imaginaries Lab
Chair of Design Studies

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Dan Lockton is a designer, researcher and Assistant Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon. His research centers on people's interactions with technology and the designed world, and how that affects the way we think, act, and understand. Dan directs the new Imaginaries Lab and is Chair of Design Studies in the School of Design.


Lockton specializes in links between design, understanding, and human behavior. He has studied mental imagery around energy, sonification of energy data, mental models of HVAC and energy behaviors in homes and workplaces, and co-edited Living Labs (Springer, 2016).


Lockton, D., Crawford, G., Singh, D., Wu, S. 2019. Electric Acoustic: Exploring Energy Through Sonic & Vibration Displays. Proceedings of CHI EA '19: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Extended abstracts, Glasgow, May 4–9. ACM, New York. DOI: