Paige Treebridge

Assistant Professor // Design, Human Computer Interaction, Security
School of Design
Paige Treebridge

Bio and Research Information

Paige Treebridge (she/her) practices and researches the construction of reality as it happens in social networks and power structures. She co-founded and co-directs Divergent Design Lab (DDL,, and is the primary author of DDL's Ambient Tactical Deception (Treebridge, Westbrook, Sharevski, 2018) model. She independently oversees a new HCI studio tentatively named Flourish. Treebridge and her lab are working on applied linguistic prototypes in the context of networked communication and speculative design approaches to Ambient Affirmation (Treebridge, 2020). In previous projects, she employed AR, video, and game spaces to highlight police omnipresence and security theater. Treebridge is particularly focused on the potential of queering reality as resistance, side-effect, and tactic. Since 2010, she has worked in collaboration with Jessica Westbrook as Channel TWo [CH2], a Chicago-based media studio that produces critical playware. CH2's work has been featured in Motherboard Vice, The Creators Project, Art Papers, The Intercept, and Media-N. CH2's awards and commissions include a National Science Foundation subaward, a SPACES R+D Award, a Commission, a Turbulence Net Art Commission, and a Terminal Net Art Commission. Her projects have been exhibited/screened in museums, galleries, and culture centers nationally and internationally and can be found in the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and The Kinsey Institute Art Collection at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. CH2 has published two augmented reality apps on the App Store (polyCopRiotNode, unattendedVaporware) and three on the Google Play Store (polyCopRiotNode, unattendedVaporware, .objects). Treebridge holds an MFA in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois Chicago and worked professionally in design and UI/UX in range of capacities including: Information Architect, Director of User Interface and Design, Web Developer, and Director of Project Management. select grants: Secure Design: Course and Experimentation Workshop (2017-2018), National Security Agency, under the Cybersecurity National Action Plan. w/Prof. Jessica Westbrook & Dr. Filipo Sharevski, CDM, DePaul select research presentations (Westbrook and Treebridge) AIGA, CAA, The Dark Side of the Digital UWM Center for Information Policy Research, FATE, GLI.TC/H, HASTAC, Mobility Shifts at The New School, Processing Chicago. select publications/presentations: "How to Disappear Completely: Avoiding Computer-Mediated Superimposition." Treebridge P, Westbrook J (2019). After Agency Conference. Humanities/Art/Technology Research Center (Adam Mickiewicz University), Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, Poznan, Poland. "Manipulation of Perceived Politeness in a Web-based Email Discourse Through a Malicious Browser Extension." Sharevski F, Treebridge P, Westbrook J (2019). New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW) San Carlos, Costa Rica. "Sorry: Ambient Tactical Deception Via Malware-Based Social Engineering." Treebridge P, Sharevski F, Westbrook J (2018). Mind and Brain Conference at the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics Center, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI.

Research Area

Design, Human Computer Interaction, Security

Specific Research Area

ambient affirmation; ambient tactical deception; malicious user experience design; critical design; code literacy; inhumane interface; code as medium, queer theory

Schedule for Fall 2020-2021

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