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Class2017

class of 2017

thesis work :


Who we are : 

  Adi Azulay   My work focuses on the crossover between interaction design and the physical world. I think inclusively with all users in mind, especially those in the extremes, I believe they can teach us the most. Experimentation plays a big part in my work, whether it's testing a concept or learning how to send smoke signals, there are always new ways to learn.   adiazulay.com   aazulay@risd.edu

Adi Azulay

My work focuses on the crossover between interaction design and the physical world. I think inclusively with all users in mind, especially those in the extremes, I believe they can teach us the most. Experimentation plays a big part in my work, whether it's testing a concept or learning how to send smoke signals, there are always new ways to learn.

adiazulay.com

aazulay@risd.edu

  Kate Brandy   I have a genuine curiosity about peoples thoughts and behaviors and how to best design for them in different contexts.   www.katebrandy.com   kbrandy@risd.edu

Kate Brandy

I have a genuine curiosity about peoples thoughts and behaviors and how to best design for them in different contexts.

www.katebrandy.com

kbrandy@risd.edu

  Jin Cao   UX designer @ Siemens   www.caojinnn.com   jcao01@risd.edu

Jin Cao

UX designer @ Siemens

www.caojinnn.com

jcao01@risd.edu

  Atulya Chaganty   With a keen eye for the unusual and an obsession with destroying stereotypes, I want to bring bold change to the stark normalcy of life through creative problem solving. I believe it is my responsibility to empower those around me by inventing objects that disrupt complacency and systems that instigate innovation through attention to the overlooked. Outside of design, I am a tutu wearing tennis player, fruit joke enthusiast, and a nail polish aficionado that loves to spend time with other humans.    atulyac.work     whatatulyamakes.wordpress.com   achagant@risd.edu   

Atulya Chaganty

With a keen eye for the unusual and an obsession with destroying stereotypes, I want to bring bold change to the stark normalcy of life through creative problem solving. I believe it is my responsibility to empower those around me by inventing objects that disrupt complacency and systems that instigate innovation through attention to the overlooked. Outside of design, I am a tutu wearing tennis player, fruit joke enthusiast, and a nail polish aficionado that loves to spend time with other humans. 

atulyac.work

whatatulyamakes.wordpress.com

achagant@risd.edu

 

  Christina Chen    

Christina Chen

 

  Jerry Ding   Jerry is fascinated with observing interactive relationships and connecting the dots between people, products and the environment by creating tangible products. Believing that designers should think sustainably, design humanly, he uses design as a tool to understand users' thoughts, convey his perspectives and explore a sustainable future. Outside design, he loves animals, jogging, reading novels, and doodling on the scrap paper.   www.jerryding.com   jding@risd.edu

Jerry Ding

Jerry is fascinated with observing interactive relationships and connecting the dots between people, products and the environment by creating tangible products. Believing that designers should think sustainably, design humanly, he uses design as a tool to understand users' thoughts, convey his perspectives and explore a sustainable future. Outside design, he loves animals, jogging, reading novels, and doodling on the scrap paper.

www.jerryding.com

jding@risd.edu

  Ryan Ferguson   With the mark of a craftsman, tinkerer, and roboticist, Ryan plays with objects that bridge the analog and digital realms. Obsessed with a romantic notion of old-world techniques colliding with emerging technology, his recent work explores the digital augmentation of traditional hand tools. Formally trained as an architect, Ryans passion for design stems from the ease with which he can transform into a temporary expert to continuously fill his brain with new things. Outside of design, Ryan enjoys spending time with his camera, cast iron skillet and dogs.   rferguso@risd.edu

Ryan Ferguson

With the mark of a craftsman, tinkerer, and roboticist, Ryan plays with objects that bridge the analog and digital realms. Obsessed with a romantic notion of old-world techniques colliding with emerging technology, his recent work explores the digital augmentation of traditional hand tools. Formally trained as an architect, Ryans passion for design stems from the ease with which he can transform into a temporary expert to continuously fill his brain with new things. Outside of design, Ryan enjoys spending time with his camera, cast iron skillet and dogs. 

rferguso@risd.edu

  Dan Gioia       

Dan Gioia

 

 

  Wudi Hong

Wudi Hong

  Shao Hsuan    

Shao Hsuan

 

  Xiaoxiao Jin   Xiaoxiao is passionate about bringing new ideas and unique perspectives to the team. Xiaoxiao's work includes graphic design, photography, and installations expanding beyond traditional user experience and product design. She believes everything in life can inspire you when you know it, feel it and digest it. She has experience working on a variety of projects ranging from user experience design to design strategy. Xiaoxiao believes a good design should be based on abundant knowledge of the field and insights of consumers' needs. Every design challenge is an opportunity to think deeper about people.   xiaoxiaojindesign.com   xiaoxiaojin0502@gmail.com

Xiaoxiao Jin

Xiaoxiao is passionate about bringing new ideas and unique perspectives to the team. Xiaoxiao's work includes graphic design, photography, and installations expanding beyond traditional user experience and product design. She believes everything in life can inspire you when you know it, feel it and digest it. She has experience working on a variety of projects ranging from user experience design to design strategy. Xiaoxiao believes a good design should be based on abundant knowledge of the field and insights of consumers' needs. Every design challenge is an opportunity to think deeper about people.

xiaoxiaojindesign.com

xiaoxiaojin0502@gmail.com

  Jiaxuan Li

Jiaxuan Li

  Zhizi Liu   Play more, design more.   fancyzhizi.com   kid.liuzz@gmail.com

Zhizi Liu

Play more, design more.

fancyzhizi.com

kid.liuzz@gmail.com

  Kasia Matlak   I enjoy getting to know people that I design for, and I emphasize including the user in the design process. I put research first - I use ethnography, quantitative, and qualitative research - I don't only interview people but I also talk with them to get to know them. I like to understand how they feel and how I can help. I let research dictate the medium of the end product. I am passionate about challenging myself, learning new things, and meeting new people. I am learning so I can design accessible assistive technologies for people of all abilities.    kasiamatlak.com   kmatlak@risd.edu

Kasia Matlak

I enjoy getting to know people that I design for, and I emphasize including the user in the design process. I put research first - I use ethnography, quantitative, and qualitative research - I don't only interview people but I also talk with them to get to know them. I like to understand how they feel and how I can help. I let research dictate the medium of the end product. I am passionate about challenging myself, learning new things, and meeting new people. I am learning so I can design accessible assistive technologies for people of all abilities. 

kasiamatlak.com

kmatlak@risd.edu

  Alyssa Mayo   Alyssa is a product designer who is in love with traditional craft as much as new technology. This tension led to her graduate work around the human emotional attachment to physical things in this era of digital efficiency and dematerialization. Her professional background in design strategy and consumer research accounts for her human-centered process and seemingly random knowledge in a variety of industries.    alyssamayo.net   alyssarachelmayo@gmail.com

Alyssa Mayo

Alyssa is a product designer who is in love with traditional craft as much as new technology. This tension led to her graduate work around the human emotional attachment to physical things in this era of digital efficiency and dematerialization. Her professional background in design strategy and consumer research accounts for her human-centered process and seemingly random knowledge in a variety of industries. 

alyssamayo.net

alyssarachelmayo@gmail.com

  Hanna McLaughlin   I am driven to understand the core of people's emotional and behavioral motivations to inspire simple and empowering design solutions.     hanna-mclaughlin.com   hanna.l.mclaughlin@gmail.com   

Hanna McLaughlin

I am driven to understand the core of people's emotional and behavioral motivations to inspire simple and empowering design solutions.  

hanna-mclaughlin.com

hanna.l.mclaughlin@gmail.com

 

  Namrata Phirke   Namrata developed her passion for user-centered design while traveling to healthcare centers across India during her undergraduate study in Product Design. She enjoys solving problems to make people's lives better. Her growing interest in consumer products and healthcare has led her to design a system that encourages young adults to adopt healthy eating habits. In addition to work, Namrata spends ample time experimenting in her kitchen and cooking for her friends.  nphirke@myportfolio.com  nphirke@risd.edu

Namrata Phirke

Namrata developed her passion for user-centered design while traveling to healthcare centers across India during her undergraduate study in Product Design. She enjoys solving problems to make people's lives better. Her growing interest in consumer products and healthcare has led her to design a system that encourages young adults to adopt healthy eating habits. In addition to work, Namrata spends ample time experimenting in her kitchen and cooking for her friends.

nphirke@myportfolio.com

nphirke@risd.edu

  Court Skabelund   Growing up in the mountains of Utah, Court has incorporated the outdoors and athletics into his designs as much as possible. His current work explores the future of sport outside the gender-binary. It is here where the next wave of athletes will shape how our greatest pastimes are played. Outside of design, he will be found traveling the world to pursue his love of climbing.    cskabe.com   cskabelu@risd.edu

Court Skabelund

Growing up in the mountains of Utah, Court has incorporated the outdoors and athletics into his designs as much as possible. His current work explores the future of sport outside the gender-binary. It is here where the next wave of athletes will shape how our greatest pastimes are played. Outside of design, he will be found traveling the world to pursue his love of climbing. 

cskabe.com

cskabelu@risd.edu

  Tim Stoelting   Working at the busy intersection of art, design, and narrative, Tim Stoelting explores concepts and materials by questioning our perception of reality using deception and satire. One such project proposes home furniture with added functions to help people better prepare for and survive an impending apocalypse. Since 2013, he has been acting as NASAs artist-in-residence -- a program long cancelled by a skeptical US Congress.   timstoelting.com

Tim Stoelting

Working at the busy intersection of art, design, and narrative, Tim Stoelting explores concepts and materials by questioning our perception of reality using deception and satire. One such project proposes home furniture with added functions to help people better prepare for and survive an impending apocalypse. Since 2013, he has been acting as NASAs artist-in-residence -- a program long cancelled by a skeptical US Congress.

timstoelting.com

  Ala Tannir    

Ala Tannir

 

  Creama Wang   Creama Wong is an industrial designer who loves to work with physical products to create enjoyable and meaningful interactions that bridge rationality and fantasy.  She values thoughtful, humorous, and functional simplicity, while aiming to create interactions that celebrate not only objects but a unique experience that bring objects to life.   www.creamawong.com   creamawhat@gmail.com

Creama Wang

Creama Wong is an industrial designer who loves to work with physical products to create enjoyable and meaningful interactions that bridge rationality and fantasy.

She values thoughtful, humorous, and functional simplicity, while aiming to create interactions that celebrate not only objects but a unique experience that bring objects to life.

www.creamawong.com

creamawhat@gmail.com

  Lokesh Zope   I am an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer with an extreme penchant for and curiosity about our emotional relationships with things. Design, for me, is a process of transformation and creation of ideas that results into something meaningful. I like to approach all my ventures with a zest and passion for excelling and to create something consequential. I believe that the world we live in is the one we create for ourselves and we have the strength to change it for the better.   www.lokeshzope.com   lzope@risd.edu  lokesh.zope@gmail.com      

Lokesh Zope

I am an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer with an extreme penchant for and curiosity about our emotional relationships with things. Design, for me, is a process of transformation and creation of ideas that results into something meaningful. I like to approach all my ventures with a zest and passion for excelling and to create something consequential. I believe that the world we live in is the one we create for ourselves and we have the strength to change it for the better.

www.lokeshzope.com

lzope@risd.edu

lokesh.zope@gmail.com

 

 

  Zixin Xiong   Zixin has tried many times to get into the wonderland of design philosophy. She will send you a message if she succeeds. When you receive it, please reply to her as soon as possible. Thank you.  zxiong@risd.edu  

Zixin Xiong

Zixin has tried many times to get into the wonderland of design philosophy. She will send you a message if she succeeds. When you receive it, please reply to her as soon as possible. Thank you.

zxiong@risd.edu