Turning Museum Goers into Designers
for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Transforming a Database into a Personal Experience
for the Cleveland Museum of Art

Other experiments and projects

Questioning the Ideal City

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A public game for the BMW Guggenheim Lab that highlights the importance of compromise and decision-making to make cities better places to live
Concept, Game Design, Web — with Local Projects

Remember 9/11

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Giving visitors a way to share and hear stories at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum
Touchscreen, Hardware, Screener, CMS — with Local Projects

The Emergence of Crowds

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Exploring the natural movement of people in space with choreographer Jonah Bokaer
Application, Concept — with Local Projects

Making the Inert Alive

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A response to Vito Acconci Studio's installation in the Bronx Museum which treats Corian as a pliable material
Max MSP, Projection Mapping, ITP — with Mike Kelberman

A Neighborhood Inside a Museum

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Giving kids the tools to imbue their historic Harlem neighborhood with personality and imagination for the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling
Prototyped Concept, Hardware, Projection Mapping, Touchscreen, Application — with Local Projects

A Hands-On Approach to Making Movies

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Designing a fun and portable filmmaking platform for Jacob Burns Film Center

Application, Web, Content Design — with Local Projects

Animal Machines

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Fascinated with the idea of creatively playing with structures that are grounded in its mechanisms but ephemeral in its result
Mechanisms, 3D-Modeling and Printing, ITP — with Adi Marom
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Antimatter

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Branding and visual design for jewelry designer Antimatter
Print Design

Neon Earthquakes

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A voronoi-based algorithm modeled on open source seismic data that now exists as visual form-making
Processing, ITP — with Filippo Vanucci

Other clients include

SFMOMA
Jazz Hall of Fame
The Knight Foundation
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
Google Creative Lab
Rockefeller Center
Brookfield Place
UF Bob Graham Center
Tech Museum of Innovation
Panasonic
One World Observatory
New York Hall of Science

Previous Director
of Interaction Design at Local Projects

As a director, I headed and managed the UX Department, while leading teams of talented developers, designers, and strategists across the studio. Together we won every major interaction design award in the country including the National Design Award for Interaction Design. Read more about it on LinkedIn.

Speaking/Teaching

Princeton University Student Design Conference
Drexel University
Guest Lecturer for School of Visual Arts (SVA) Graduate and Undergraduate Interaction Design Courses
Cooper Hewitt DesignPrep Interaction Design Workshop

Experienced:
10+ years designing, 2 careers, 1 masters degree

Interaction Design — 6 years

Storytelling → Concept Development → Shaping Content → Deliverables → Defending and proving ideas through prototyping and mockups → Working with new technologies → Testing prototypes and breaking them

Architecture — 4.5 years

Designing in multiple dimensions → Programming → Working with materials → Being site-specific → Designing within budget → Putting together presentations with little sleep → Learning to work with clients and subcontractors

Education

MPS Interaction, NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)
BA Architecture, Wellesley College
Berenice Lapin Architecture Scholarship, Stetcher Art Scholarship

My background is a combination of designing physical spaces and designing for the people who activate them. I believe that as designers we should be fluid—working in-between disciplines, and re-imagining perceptions of spatiality through interaction.

Freelancing
and currently based in NYC

I look forward to working with new and different clients and projects. If you would like to see a portfolio, or chat about potential opportunities, please get in touch.

Contact Me

angelajchen@gmail.com

Platforms/Areas

Media Installations
Environmental Installations
Gestural Interactions
Touchscreen Tables and Walls
Websites
Mobile Apps
Concept
Strategy
Service Design