Jonathan Calzada / design / information studies

Jonathan Calzada is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. His research investigates how copying and pasting information in the digital world can create a dangerous culture, but also how it opens up opportunities for creative expression. Jonathan holds a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) and a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Digital Humanities from UCLA. Jonathan’s professional and academic work incorporate inquiries of power and social justice, especially in the spaces within which he is most familiar as a software designer. Having grown up in Redwood City (California) and around the neighboring Palo Alto area, Jonathan has worked within the information technology sector throughout much of his life. He has held positions as a computer technician, web developer, UX researcher, and product designer. Drawing from his professional experience, Jonathan has focused on the critical study of user interface design and the ways in which designers drive a highly transgressive production of information technology.