Gilad Lotan is a hybrid designer-researcher, working at the intersection of design and data. Gilad builds interactive experiences around social data, with the goal of drawing insight that would be hard to detect otherwise. Gilad’s ‘Retweet Revolution’ visualized how people’s adoption of retweeting accelerated the flow of information during the 2009 Iranian Elections riots. Other work ranges from analyzing the spread of memes via hashtags on Twitter to mapping out the relationship between mainstream media and social media channels during the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions.
Gilad is the VP of Research and Development at SocialFlow, where he utilizes data driven approaches to draw insight and understanding from social streams. Previously, Gilad served as a program manager at Microsoft’s Future of Social Experiences Lab. His work has been presented at TED, IXDA, Summit Series, Berkeley BCNM, Boston Book Festival, and published at HICCS, CHI and Ubicomp.