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Designed Interactions: Diverse Perspectives

  • Supplyframe DesignLab 30 East Del Mar Boulevard Pasadena, CA, 91105 United States (map)
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SupplyframeArtCenter, and NELAUX are pleased to present Designed Interactions: Diverse Perspectives as part of the LA Design Festival. This excellent panel made up of five thought leaders in emerging technology will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2:00pm-5:00pm at the Supplyframe DesignLab.

Please contact the organizers if you are a current student and would like to attend this event.

About the Panel

The design of physical objects, screen-based software, as well as gesture and voice interfaces all share a universal language: the language of interactions. This panel, featuring women at the forefront of interaction design, will explore what it means to design interactions for emerging technologies, machine learning, and diversity in a world that is changing exponentially.


Maggie Hendrie, Chair of Interaction Design at ArtCenter College of Design
As the department chair of Art Center College of Design’s Interaction Design program, Maggie Hendrie has more than 20 years of experience in new interactive product/service strategy, digital product design, project management, user-centered design, usability and user experience testing, strategy, and organizational Planning. She previously held director positions within companies such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, US; Whittman-Hart/MarchFIRST, Inc.; Caresoft Inc.; and Manifest Digital. In addition, Hendrie consults for numerous clients including Toyota, Kaiser, and Accenture.

Christine Meinders, Co-Founder of Artificial Knowing
Christine Meinders is an AI designer/researcher who uses collaborative and inclusive design approaches to co-author social AI projects and AI design tools. As a researcher and designer, Christine holds an MFA in Media Design Practices from ArtCenter College of Design and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Her research has focused on the design and utilization of emotion analysis in intelligent agents, inclusive design in AI, and collaborative design for embodiment in hybrid spaces.

Sara Schnadt, Senior Lead Designer, Mission Operations at NASA/JPL
Sara Schnadt explores technology in her work both as subject and media. Her installations and performances use found objects, interactivity, projection, spatial illusions, and movement derived from common gestures. Much of her work involves representations or data that translate large quantities of socially resonant information into poetic forms, including data visualization. Sara's art practice is informed by her work in civic technology infrastructure development, which is an ongoing research resource and drives her interest in the cultural impacts of technology innovation. Sara is often 'at the table' at a range of innovative national and international forums for dialogue around the most pressing new concerns for our technology moment. Much of her work is motivated by a desire to translate this vantage point into tangible material and live experiences.

Selwa Sweidan, Co-Founder of Artificial Knowing
Selwa Sweidan is a designer and researcher of emerging technologies including immersive sensorial experiences and speculative quantum computing systems. Her work investigates embodied methodologies and systems innovations. Selwa teaches at Santa Monica College's Bachelor Interaction Design program. She holds a BA from Smith College and an MFA from ArtCenter College of Design. She has been a Design Fellow at Fabrica, a Fellow at George Greenstein Institute, an Artist-in-Residence at UC Irvine and a postgraduate Fellow at ArtCenter College of Design.

Basak Alper Ramaswamy, Computer Scientist (Human-Computer Interaction) at NASA/JPL
Basak Alper Ramaswamy joined the Human Interfaces group at NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Computer Scientist in 2016 to work on problems related to visualizing and interacting with big data, as well as developing software tools to facilitate scientists' data exploration tasks. Her work spans the design, user experience improvement, and development of data exploration tools, with the goal of helping users to make more informed decisions driven with data. Basak received her PhD in information visualization and human-computer interaction at the Media Arts and Technology (MAT) program of UC Santa Barbara in March 2013. She also holds a BA degree in Visual Communication Design with an emphasis in Computer Science, and an MS degree in Computer Science, both from Sabanci University in Istanbul. She joined the MAT program as a Fulbright scholar in 2006 and worked at the Allosphere and Four Eyes Labs.


Majenta Strongheart, Artist, and Supplyframe DesignLab Staff Designer & Curator
Majenta Strongheart is an emerging designer from San Francisco, California, working at the intersection of design, social innovation, science, and fine arts. She is interested in socially positive design and collaboration; focusing on the ways design thinking and problem-solving can contribute to a diverse range of conversations. Through her work, Majenta aims to spark curiosity, provide access to new topics, and encourage interaction. She thrives to be a positive contributing member to her community and has received numerous accolades including the SAIC Excellence in Leadership in 2016, the Idea Generation Grant 2015, and the Morton Salt Girl Centennial Scholarship in 2014. She has had work featured at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan.

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Special thanks to SupplyframeArtCenter, and NELAUX for making this event possible.

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