Hi, I'm Alexis Hope. I am a designer and researcher based at the MIT Media Lab and MIT Center for Civic Media. I also study Industrial & Furniture Design at Massachusetts College of Art & Design and the North Bennet Street School. In my free time, I play in a band called Calico Beach Party, tinker with electronics, and watch too much Star Trek.
What I’m up to lately:
Serving as Design Director for the "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck" project, an effort to bring together a diverse community to hack technology, policy, and systems in support of breastfeeding parents and babies
Creating a tool for sculptural drawing in zero-gravity
TEN FWD is the home of my creative practice. I focus on creating playful, experimental objects and experiences with a combination of design research, digital tools, and hand fabrication. TEN FWD's flagship project is FOLD, an open publishing platform that helps people and organizations tell complex stories in a visually striking way. As part of TEN FWD, I also work with Facebook's Connectivity Lab to prototype novel experiences that encourage face-to-face interaction and connection.
My earlier work focused on technology for global health. Prior to joining MIT, I led a project to develop a portable, low-cost ultrasound machine with midwives and radiologists in Kenya, Uganda, and Seattle. I was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow from 2012 - 2015, focusing on bringing human-centered and participatory research methods to technology design. As part of my commitment to participatory design, I help organize unique hackathons and civic technology workshops around the world.
P.S. I welcome opportunities to share what I’ve learned on my journey and am always happy to help people — particularly women and people of color — think through issues at the intersection of personal and career development. Feel free to get in touch with me if you think I can be helpful!
MIT Media Lab - Media Arts & Sciences, M.S. / PhD (in progress)
Massachusetts College of Art & Design - Industrial & Furniture Design
Northwestern University - Technology and Social Behavior (2011)
University of Washington - HCI; Human-Centered Design, B.S. / M.S
Cinthia Abundes & Geraldine Porras (National University of Mexico) — Industrial Design Thesis: Redesigning the gynecological experience from a feminist perspective.
Honors & Awards
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2012-2015)
Shobe Entrepreneurship Prize (2011)
HCDE Leadership and Engagement Award (2010, 2012)
Sakson Diversity in Engineering Scholarship (2009–2010)
TechX Summit: Introduction to Industrial Design
Media Lab S64: Technology and Social Change
Media Lab 600: Future of News and Participatory Media
Human-Centered Design & Engineering 318: User Experience Design
Computer Science & Engineering 440: Human-Computer Interaction
Human-Centered Design & Engineering 231: Technical Communication