Brenda Laurel

As a researcher, writer and consultant, Brenda is interested in all forms of experience design, with a special interest in distributed and participatory sensing as a new IxD frontier. She approaches experience design with the goals of producing delight and discovery. As part of her practice, she is committed to considerations of environmental health and social justice as well as other humanities- and science-based values and insights.

With her colleagues at CCA and previously at Art Center, she led the design and development of graduate trans-media design programs. Both programs welcomed students trained in a variety of design disciplines, usually with converging interests in interactive systems. The alumni of both programs are designers who are excellent practitioners of design research, strategy, and systems thinking as part of their design process.

She has worked in Interactive Media since 1976 and was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems Labs (2005-2006). Based on her research in gender and technology at Interval Research (1992-1996), she co-founded Purple Moon in 1996 to create interactive media for girls. In 1990 she co-founded Telepresence Research, focusing on virtual reality and remote presence. Other employers include Atari, Activision, and Apple. In addition to her books, you can find papers and essays at her website,