is a New York-based interaction and information designer. He has co-founded and led design for a number of companies and projects including Macromicro, Classroom Salon, Skale, and The Interactive News. He also co-founded the Interaction Design Association’s first Middle East chapter, IxDA Doha. At Macromicro, his team received the SAP Pinnacle Award for product development in 2016 and was named one of the most innovative startups in Europe by HR Tech in 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. 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, The New York Post, Creative Review, Visual Complexity, Strange Maps, and on KQED Public Television.

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