Kaho Abé is a fashion designer experimenting in the areas of wearable technology and game design. When not in front of a computer or a sewing machine, she can be found wondering why robots don't love her as much as she loves them.
Emily Albinski received her bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of industrial design degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. She creates and sells jewelry made from recycled electronics. She is 24 years old and currently works as a graphic + furniture designer.
Burak Arikan is currently a research assistant at the MIT Media Laboratory and a member of John Maeda's Physical Language Workshop. He explores the design issues of simple and rich experiences in networked environments. Prior to attending MIT, he worked as an information architect and visual designer in the United States and Turkey. He received a master of arts degree in visual communication design from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2004, and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Yildiz Technical University in 2001.
Ayah Bdeir is a first year master's student from Beirut, Lebanon. Growing up in a country that is struggling for its identity—both internally and with respect to the rest of the world—she became interested in the role that technology plays in culture, acting as both a mirror for self perception, and a window for cultures to represent themselves. She is part of the Computing Culture group at the Media Lab.
Bea Camacho is currently a senior in the Visual and Environmental Studies program at Harvard College. She works with sculpture, performance and installation in order to explore issues concerning distance and disconnection in relation to absence and intimacy. Recently, she completed a senior thesis in conceptual practice titled 'Isolated Instances,' which deals with experiences of physical, mental and emotional separation. She hopes to continue working in the field of art and design after graduating from college.
Elise Co is a multimedia designer and programmer. Her projects include a luminescent raincoat, modular reactive bracelet, and installations for Sony and Samsung. She is a former professor of new media at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst in Basel, Switzerland, where she taught courses in interaction design and physical computing. Co holds an MS in media arts and sciences and a BS in architecture from MIT. At the MIT Media Lab, Co explored the synthesis of fashion and technology. Her work has been shown internationally at the Museum of Modern Art NY, SIGGRAPH, IMRF Tokyo, Cooper Union, and the New York Art Directors Club.
Diana Eng, finishing up her degree in apparel design from the Rhode Island School of Design, is currently working on a collection of clothing using digital prints and mathematical patterns. Her designs include a hoodie that takes photographs for blogging, and an exploration of biomimetic clothing. Diana also harbors a handy penchant for frogs.
Nick Knouf, a graduate of Caltech, currently works as laboratory manager in the MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences department with Nancy Kanwisher. He is excited to join the MIT Media Lab in the fall as a master's candidate in Tod Machover's group. Aside from seeking out experimental forms of music or inhaling design and architecture magazines, Nick enjoys exploring the intersection of cognitive science and design, using ideas from tangible, wearable, and psychogeographical domains.
Vincent Leclerc is a first year master's candidate in the Tangible Media group. He graduated in computer science with a specialization in computation art from Concordia University. His rapidly evolving interests generally revolve around the creation of tangible tools that help the understanding and manipulation of abstract systems. His recent research work in wearable computing at XS Labs also sparked his interest in soft and elastic interfaces.
Alison Lewis is a graduate of Parsons School of Design's Design and Technology program. She focuses her work on technology with a soft, fun, social, and romantic appeal. She has worked in many areas related to fashion and technology, including working as an electronic textile designer at Dupont and as an interaction strategist and designer for Samsung. Currently, she is a freelance design consultant in New York City, and an adjunct faculty member at Parsons she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in design and everyday experience and fashion technology.
Christine Liu is a first-year master's student at the MIT Media Lab in the Sociable Media group. After dabbling in graphic design and physical computing at Harvard, she currently investigates tangible forms and methods of social interaction. Besides lavishing attention on 'seamless' production, Christine co-hosts 'sigtronica,' an electronica radio show on WBMR (88.1FM), with Nick Knouf. Other passions include photographing Cantabridgians, slurping spicy noodles, being addicted to 'project runway,' and pronouncing the icelandic language. ð!
Gauri Nanda works in design and engineering. She is currently leading several projects at the MIT Media Lab. Prior to the Media Lab, Gauri worked for Apple Computer and recieved a bachelor's degree in computer science and art from the University of Michigan. Some of her notable designs involve computers that work by falling to the floor or after being ripped apart.
Amanda Parkes is a designer interested in the relationship of gesture, form, materiality and computation in the context of hybrid physical-digital objects. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Tangible Media group at the MIT Media Lab, where her research focuses on exploring kinetic memory and materiality in design tools and computational objects. Before joining the Media Lab, Amanda developed exhibits at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, freelanced internationally in multi-media design, and developed installations and programs for the Science Museum in London and the the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Her work has been featured in multiple international exhibitions and publications including the ID Magazine Annual Design Review and the Prix Ars Electronica. She holds a BS in product design and BA in art history both from Stanford University and an MS in media arts and sciences from MIT.
Jen Paulousky is one half of Blue Alvarez Designs. Engineer by day, her alter-ego makes original knitwear and clothing designs for the here, now, and yet to be.
Nikita Pashenkov was born in 1975 in Soviet Union and immigrated to United States in 1991. He graduated from the School of Architecture at Princeton University, spent two years working as a designer for web developers methodfive and PlumbDesign in New York, then continued his education in John Maeda's Aesthetics + Computation Group at the MIT Media Lab. In 2002, he worked on an independent project as an artist-in-residence at Eyebeam Atelier in New York. Since 2003, he has been employed by GK Tech in Tokyo, Japan. His research and independent projects have been exhibited at the Cooper Union, Eyebeam Atelier, Museum of Modern Art (New York), Institute of Contemporary Art (London), and Ginza Graphic Gallery (Tokyo).
Sajid is an absent-minded technologist and a jack-of-"all-trades related to building things" currently in the workaholic phase of life. In his spare time, he works as a research assistant in the Ambient Intelligence group at the MIT Media Lab, searching for ways to add intelligence and understanding to the real world, and of course, more projects. In his nonexistent time, he fits in games, art, and philosophy.
Gemma Shusterman's career in fashion began at the age of 4 when she insisted on wearing a towel to preschool. Since then she has worked as a professional dancer and dance teacher, an actress in independent film and theater, a freelance designer, a software engineer and many other things. Gemma received her bachelor's degree from Mills College in Oakland CA, where she studied computer science and art. Currently, she is a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab.
Lars is a second-year PhD student in aeronautics and astronautics, having graduated from Cambridge University in the UK. Lars has been DJing and running events for 6 years, and is currently president of the MIT DJ collective, MITDMC. Lars spins hip-hop, drum and bass, techno, eighties electronica, and indie rock, and previous DJ credits involve supporting drum and bass acts such as Grooverider, Nicky Blackmarket, and London Elektricity. This is his first fashion show!
Inspired by alternate methods of image display, framing and embedding "things" with layers of video, Raina Kumra creates engaging video immersion environments. She's worked as a producer and a broadcast designer at ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty and at Newsweek. Raina received her film degree from Boston University, a master's from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program and is currently finishing up a digital media design degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She dropped out of being a designer for the show so she could hang back and mess with the cameras and projectors.
Aaron "tango" Tang: curious Industrial Designer who studied at RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently finishing up his master's studies at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, studying an intersection between interaction design, industrial design, and architecture within the "Product Design in Architecture" MDesS program.
Minna Ha is completing her master of architecture degree at the Harvard Design School, and graduated from the architecture program at MIT.
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