Amanda ParkesAlumni

Amanda Parkes
Amanda Parkes is a PhD candidate in the Tangible Media Group. She is a designer interested in the relationship of gesture, form, materiality, and computation in the context of hybrid physical-digital objects with a research focus on developing intuitive and investigative learning and design tools. Before joining the Media Lab, Amanda developed exhibits at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, freelanced internationally in multimedia design, and developed installations and programs for the Science Museum in London and the the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in
Venice. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Product Design) and a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University and an M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT. Her work has been featured in various internationally recognized design and art awards including the ID Magazine Annual Design Review and the Prix Ars Electronica. Outside the lab, she likes to sew, surf, and amass exquisite shoes.



Virtual Guilds: Collective Intelligence and the Future of Craft
Bosu: a physical programmable design tool for transformability with soft mechanicsDIS '10 2010
Piezing: a garment harvesting energy from the natural motion of the human bodyTEI '09 2009
Kinetic sketchup: motion prototyping in the tangible design processTEI '09 2009
Future Craft: How Digital Media is Transforming Product DesignCHI 2008 Extended Abstracts 2008
Senspectra: A Computationally Augmented Physical Modeling Toolkit for Sensing and Visualization of Structural StrainCHI 2007
Glume: Exploring Materiality in a Soft Augmented Modular ModelingExtended Abstracts of Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2006
Beyond Record and Play: Backpacks: Tangible Modulators for Kinetic BehaviorCHI 2006
Topobo: A Constructive Assembly System with Kinetic MemoryCHI 2004