Elisa Lee is a creative technologist with a passion for telling the stories of organisations and their users by bringing collections to life and revealing how people interact with them.
She has created completely new ways to experience and access collections. Unstacked, a real-time visualisation of materials that staff and patrons are accessing at any given time, is essentially a window into an organisation’s collection, constantly being curated and rearranged by the people who are using it.
Unstacked was the winning proposal for the inaugural DX Lab Fellowship at the State Library of NSW and has been rolled out at the State Library of Queensland and recently the State Library of Victoria.
11-808 is a live-data visualisation which spatially interprets the movement of books in and out of the UTS Library retrieval system in real-time. It reveals the inner workings of the library via an elegant and poetic display.
She has also created interactive installations for the H&M flagship store in Sydney, Ernst and Young, Optus, the Royal Naval House, and visualisations of CSIRO shark-tracking data for public display in the Sydney Aquarium.
Passionate about cultivating emerging design talent, Elisa tutors and lectures in visual communication in the Faculty of Design at UTS and enjoys linking creative industries with academia. She initiated and runs a subject with Google, Sydney now in its eighth year.
Elisa has recently spoken about visualising collections through her projects at the ALIA Information Online Conference (2019), NSW ALIA Leadership and Innovation Forum (2017), the Data Science Symposium and OzViz at the University of Technology, Sydney (2015–16) and RezBaz at the University of Sydney (2016). She has also spoken on data poetry at Sydney Design in 2011 and at Vivid Ideas in 2010.