Cayla Key

Doctoral Researcher

5.Short updated bio

I am a design researcher, OpenDoTT PhD student and Mozilla Foundation Fellow. My research uses a feminist ethic of care as inspiration to investigate how ‘care’ might be used as an analytic, design, and advocacy framework for domestic IoT as a means to move towards further defining and realizing more equitable and responsible home technologies. I use participatory, co-speculative, and first-person methods as part of a research-through-design-approach.

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Desjardins, A., and Key, C. (2020) Parallels, Tangents, and Loops: Reflections on the ‘Through’ Part of RtD. In Proc. DIS’20 (pictorial), New York, ACM Press. *Awarded Honorable Mention


Desjardins, A., Biggs, H., Key, C., Viny, J.E. (2020). IoT Data in the Home: Observing Entanglements and Drawing New Encounters. In Proc. CHI’20, New York, ACM Press, 1-13.



Desjardins, A., Viny, J.E., Key, C., Johnston, N. (2019). Alternative Avenues for IoT: Designing with Non-Stereotypical Homes. In Proc. CHI’19, New York, ACM Press, 1-13. * Awarded Honorable Mention


Desjardins, A., Key, C., Biggs, H.R., Aschenbeck, K. (2019). Bespoke Booklets: A Method for Situated Co-Speculation. In Proc. DIS’19, New York, ACM Press.


Key, C. and Desjardins, A. (2019). REP(AIR): An Olfactory Interface For Bike Maintenance. In Proc. RtD’19, 1-16.