is a New York-based interaction and information designer, currently an experience director at Learnvest, a Northwestern Mutual company. He has co-founded and led design for a number of companies and projects including Macromicro, Classroom Salon, The Interactive News, and Skale. At Macromicro, his team received the SAP Pinnacle Award for application development in 2016 and was named one of the most innovative startups in Europe at HR Tech 2013.
For over ten years, Alex taught design and led research initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is an alumnus of the School of Design and Department of English. From 2009 to 2016, he was a faculty member in the School of Design and Department of Information Systems and in 2017 served as adjunct faculty at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute.
For much of his time at Carnegie Mellon, he was based in Doha, Qatar heading an undergraduate track that blended design, architecture, the humanities, and technology at the university’s groundbreaking Middle East campus. While there, he co-founded the Interaction Design Association’s first chapter in the region, IxDA Doha.
As a professor, his research centered around the design of products, services, and environments through human-centered methods. He has taught studio courses in these domains as well as design theory courses in the context of systems and human experience. His grant-funded research has been supported by Google, The National Science Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Heinz Endowments, Innovation Works, and Qatar Foundation.
“Eventually, Everything Connects.” — Charles Eames