Mikhaila Friske
PhD Student • Unstable Design Lab
Information Science

Mikhaila Friske is a PhD student studying information science in the College of Media, Communication and Information. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2017. Advised by Laura Devendorf, Mikhaila researches smart textiles and textile design software in the Unstable Design Lab. Mikhaila's interests include exploring the cross-section between handcraft and technology; and technologies that empower underrepresented groups.


  • Mikhaila Friske, Jordan Wirfs-Brock, and Laura Devendorf. 2020. Entangling the Roles of Maker and Interpreter in Interpersonal Data Narratives: Explorations in Yarn and Sound. In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’20). (Virtual–July 6-20, 2020). [Best Paper Honorable Mention Award]. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3357236.3395442.
  • Mikhaila FriskeShanel Wu and Laura Devendorf. 2019. AdaCAD: Crafting Software For Smart Textiles Design. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper 345, 13 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300575 (Glagow, UK – May 4-9, 2019) Best Paper Honorable Mention.