Joselyn McDonald

Joselyn McDonald is a designer and design/researcher who uses social psychology and behavioral science to inform 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 member of the e-heart lab.

Her overarching goal is to better understand what humor's role in human-computer interactions can be, asking 'How might humor improve our experiences with technology?' Currently, her research is focused on investigating meme-making culture which fuels the production of memes greatly impacting attitudes, humor standards, culture, and digital communication. 

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 Design and Technology candidate 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 Design Assisted Radical Kindness (DARK), and a founding member of the artist collective, Snaxx_and_Macs.

say hi : joselyn at cmu dot edu


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

Disobedient Technology

Humor Computer Interaction 

inclusion, diversity, and representation

Human Robot Interaction

Human Computer Interaction



Roller skating 

Soft - Circuits

Stop Motion Filmmaking

Community Film Festivals


Computational Crafting

Wearable Technology

Super 8mm home movies

Raspberry Pi

Alt Servers


Copper Tape


Malling Podcast