Amanda Parkes
amanda@media.mit.edu
   
education  
9/02 - present

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Media Lab Cambridge, MA
M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences with the Tangible Media Group
expected June 2004
PhD. in Media Arts and Sciences with the Tangible Media Group
begin June 2004

9/92-6/96 Stanford University Stanford, CA
B.S. Product Design Engineering
Senior Project Shaken not Broken: Earthquake Safe Display System for Museum Objects
B.A. Art History
Senior Seminar Paper: Disseminating Futurism: Avant Garde Objects, Contemporary Issues - The Late Works of Giacomo Balla

Coursework: 3D design, mechanical engineering and structural mechanics, drawing and rendering, graphic design, history of art, architecture and design, physics, calculus, material science, electrical engineering and computer science
1/94-5/94 Centro Linguistico de Brunelleshi Florence, Italy
Intensive Italian Language Curriculum
6/01-8/02 San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco, CA
Fine art courses
   
experience  
1/04 - 5/04

International Fashion Machines, Cambridge, MA
design intern
electronic color change textiles

9/02 - present MIT Media Lab, Tangible Media Group, Cambridge, MA
research assistant
9/99-8/02

Exploratorium  San Francisco, CA      
multimedia exhibit developer

Developed interactive multimedia exhibits from initial concept to final floor installation including concept research, prototyping, and building digital, electrical and structural components while collaborating with scientists, artists, writers, graphic designers and evaluators.

9/99-9/00

West Office Exhibition Design  Oakland, CA      
exhibition designer

Designed exhibition components including scale models, 3D fabrication design and graphic panels.  

1/98-8/99

 

DIA Interactive London, UK               
multimedia and graphic designer

Designed concepts, graphics, and multimedia and structural components for interactive kiosks, CD-Roms and Websites.
9/97-6/99

National Science Museum   London, UK            
exhibition researcher
Researched concepts and material for exhibitions, evaluated design and communication of exhibitions for level of public understanding and expectations of content using visitor-orientated methods.

10/97-5/99

Beresfords Design  London, UK            
multimedia and graphic designer

Designed concepts, graphics and multimedia components for interactive displays and Websites. graphic design for retail interiors, packaging, brochures, and presentations; art direction of product photo shoots.
3/97-5/97

The CDM Consultancy  Newport Beach, CA                
product designer

Worked on the design of a new line of infant toys including sketching, rendering, choice of color palette and materials, and costing concerns.

10/96-11/96 Venice Biennale  Venice, Italy                
exhibition assistant

Duties included assisting curator with installation and condition reports, with 2 others maintained pavilion - liaised with press and visitors and aided in exhibition de-installation.
8/96-2/97

Peggy Guggenheim Modern Art Collection  Venice, Italy
museum/head intern
Duties included assisting curators with installations, researching exhibitions, helping with public relations, leading tours, delivering a lecture, and maintaining galleries. As head intern, in charge of coordinating fifteen interns, organized and designed a museum education project to help children better understand the collection.

7/95-6/96 The Trauma Foundation  San Francisco, CA                
product designer

Designed safety medical products for controlling disease transmission based on research in hospitals and in consultation with medical product manufacturers.
 
7/95-6/96 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  San Francisco, CA
gallery
representative

Led tours on contemporary art exhibitions, helped run and organize gallery openings.
 
     

selected publications, exhibitions and presentations

Wired NextFest, San Francisco May 2004, exhibition of Topobo in new technologies world fair.

Topobo: a Constructive Assembly with Kinetic Memory, with Hayes Raffle
Guest lecture at Ivrea Interaction Design Institute, Ivrea, Italy April 2004

Panelist, Trading Spaces: CHI 2004

Raffle, H., Parkes, A. and Ishii, H. Topobo: A Constructive Assembly with Kinetic Memory, Proceedings of CHI 2004 ACM Press, April 2004.

Topobo: a Constructive Assembly with Kinetic Memory, presentation to Motorola Corporation at MIT Fellows Day, December 2003.

Topobo: an Educational Digital Manipulative, presentation with Hayes Raffle to Center for Engineering Educational Outreach, Tufts University, November 2003.

Topobo: a Constructive Assembly with Kinetic Memory, presentation with Hayes Raffle to Lego Corporation, Billund, Denmark, August, 2003.

Topobo: a Constructive Assembly with Kinetic Memory, presentation with Hayes Raffle to Future Lab, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, August, 2003.

Interactive Technologies for Museums presentation at Best Practices in Exhibition Design Conference, Exploratorium, San Francisco, April 2003.

Collision 5, Boston Cyberarts Festival at the MIT Gallery, Cambridge, MA. Group Show, April 2003.

Traits of Life exhibition, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA, opened October 2002.
permanent exhibition of 2 multi-media works.

Seeing - the interaction of Physiology, Culture and Technology exhibition, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA, opened June 2002. permanent exhibition of 5 multi-media works.

 
 
computer skills
Mac and PC Experience
High level languages: C++ (basic level), Pic C Lingo, HTML, currently learning Java & Python
Software:

Interactivity: Director, Flash, MAX, Nato
Video: Premiere, Aftereffects, Final Cut Pro, Media Cleaner, QuickTime Pro
Graphics: Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand, Quark, InDesign
Sound: SoundEdit
Web: Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Frontpage, BBEdit, Fetch
CAD: Vellum, Minicad
3D: Cobalt, Rhino, 3DStudio Max
Other: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Acrobat
 

 
 
hardware and electronics skills
Experience
with:
PCB design and layout (using Protel), configuring devices including a variety of sensors, motors and pumps, PC integration with interfacing technologies and peripherals
   
machine shop skills
Tools: Mill (CNC), lathe, LaserCamm, table saw, band saw, router, chop saw, drill press, Tig and Arc welding, various sanders and grinders, hand tools, sand blaster, sandcasting
Materials: steel, aluminum, bronze, wood, acrylic, delrin, polyester resin, rubber, various foams
   
awards
4/04 Prix Ars Electronica 2004: honorable mention in Interactive Art
for Topobo: A Constructive Assembly with Kinetic Memory
3/04 ID Magazine 2004 Annual Design Review: Design Distinction (silver)
for Topobo: A Constructive Assembly with Kinetic Memory
9/02-present Motorola Fellowship, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
Funding award for research as a Masters Candidate
6/96 Undergraduate Research Grant, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Awarded for excellence in undergraduate thesis work on Shaken Not Broken: Earthquake Safe Museum Display System
6/92 Fine Arts Scholarship, Manhattan Beach Friends of the Arts
Manhattan Beach, CA Awarded annually to an outstanding fine arts student to further her/his art education

languages
italian: strong command
spanish: working knowledge
french: beginning
 
travel
extensively in Europe, U.S.A., Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Turkey and Morocco