About

About

 
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Hi, I'm Alexis Hope. I am a designer and researcher based at the MIT Media Lab and MIT Center for Civic Media. I am also a part of the Industrial Design community at Massachusetts College of Art & Design

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 for midwives 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.

In my free time, I make musictake pictures, tinker with electronics, and watch too much Star Trek. 

P.S. I welcome opportunities to provide mentorship 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!
 

Education

Massachusetts College of Art - Industrial Design Certificate (in progress)

MIT Media Lab - Media Arts & Sciences, M.S., PhD (in progress)

University of Washington - HCI; Human-Centered Design, B.S., M.S
 

Selected Press

 

What I'm up to lately!