alex

is a principal designer in Pittsburgh who currently leads design for Skale, a social network for food. He has overseen concept, research, and design for the company. He curates The Interactive News, co-founded Classroom Salon, and co-founded the Interaction Design Association’s first Middle East chapter, IxDA Doha. He also co-founded Macromicro, a data visualization company in Boston which received the SAP Pinnacle Award for product development in 2016. The company was also named one of the most innovative start-ups in Europe at HR Tech 2013.

For ten years, Alex has taught design and led research initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is an alumnus of the School of Design and Department of English. His graduate thesis examined new applications of design at The New York Times during their transformation to digital platforms. From 2009 to 2016, he was a faculty member in the School of Design and Department of Information Systems and in 2017 stepped down and took a position as adjunct faculty at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute.

As a professor, his research has 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.

Alex’s work has appeared in Change Ahead, The New Yorker, New York Times T-Magazine, Creative Review, Visual Complexity, Strange Maps, and on KQED Public Television.

Alexander R. Wilcox Cheek
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