Joselyn McDonald

Current Work

Joselyn McDonald is a designer and design/researcher who uses social psychology theory and methods to inform and evaluate her work. She is currently a third-year Ph.D student with the Human Computer Interaction Institute Ph.D program at Carnegie Mellon University and a research assistant in the e-heart lab.

Her primary research goal is to develop evidence-based strategies for incorporating humor and playfulness in human-computer interactions.  Her guiding research question is: 'How might humor improve our experiences with technology?' One subdomain of her research is focused on investigating meme-making culture which organically fuels the production humorous content in digital spaces. Understanding how to harness aspects of this emergent digital participatory culture is valuable insight that can inform humor-tech design strategies.


Her creative practice incorporates a variety of media, including software, video, film, and electronics, in order to explore subjects of meaning to her - like gender, equality, and privacy. She has shown work internationally and across the US. Most recently, she's presented at SXSW, and The International Tangible Embedded Interaction Conference. 

Joselyn earned an MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons the New School for Design and was a Media Lab Intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is the co-founder of blink blink creative circuits kits, the founder of FemTech (Design + Technology), co-founder of CMU's Design Assisted Radical Kindness (DARK), a founding member of the artist collective, Snaxx_and_Macs, and co-founder of the HCI Design Group at CMU. 

say hi : joselyn at cmu dot edu

Research on RFID fingernail interaction 

Research on RFID fingernail interaction 

Joselyn loves the following things (in no particular order):

Disobedient Technology


inclusion, diversity, and representation




the 'bruh' sound effect

Roller skating 

Soft - Circuits

Stop Motion Filmmaking

Cucalorus Film Festival


Computational Crafting

Wearable Technology

Super 8mm home movies

Raspberry Pi

Alt Servers



Malling Podcast