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Despina the founder of Studio 5050. She is an interaction designer and design strategist specializing in developing concepts and inventing new applications for a wide range of fields with over 15 years of experience. Her approach is interdisciplinary, resulting in collaborations with large corporations, fashion designers, R&D labs and museums. She recently spend a year in Kabul developing products and product development cycles with a team of local artists and designers, generating sales of $700.000.
She has been an adjunct professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications program where she teaches Thesis, "Personal Expression and Wearable Technologies", "The Softness of Things: Technology in Space and Form" and "Principled Design: Method and Practice", classes she has developed.
Despina has experience in systems design, prototyping interfaces and large scale production development. Her wearable device, Moi, is available in fashion and museum stores internationally and she recently launched with Zach Eveland a set of open source electronic building tools under the name fabrickit (www.fabrick.it).
Her work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Holon Design Museum in Israel, NEMO: Amsterdam's Science Museum, Postmasters Gallery, NY, Limn Gallery, SF Museum of Modern Art, The American Museum of Natural History and Liberty Science Center in NJ. She has lectured internationally including Jan Van Eyck Academie, The Netherlands, Parsons School of Design, New School University, Interactive Design Institute in Ivrea and the International Symposium on Wearable Computing.
Originally from Texas, Zach has been working at the studio since 2006. An accomplished electrical engineer and designer and a recent graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, he seeks meaning and wonder in the relationship between people and technology.
Currently he is co-teaching (with Despina) the class Wearables Studio at ITP and has previously guest-lectured at the Fachhoschule Potsdam in Germany. He is an original member of the team responsible for Fritzing and he continues to contribute to the project.
In his spare time, Zach enjoys breeding show dogs and running competitively in marathons.
Dana Chang has worked as an information architect for the past 8 years. She manages complex projects and information systems.
Dana is a painter whose work has been shown internationally. She was born in Taiwan but lives in New York where she joined the studio in 2001. She also writes Fool's Tale.
John F. Sullivan
John is the Studio's writer & editor. He wrote his MA thesis in Philosophy on "Camus and Nagel on Absurdity". He is hard to get hold of.
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