SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of Dec. 4

The 2017 Slice Holiday Gift Roundup
Holiday shopping season has officially begun. Whether you’re almost done or haven’t even started, you may want to consider adding some of these unique gift ideas, crafted by MIT alumni including Ayah Bdeir SM ’06 (MAS) of Little Bits, Gauri Nanda SM ’05 (MAS) of Toymail, Jessica Rosenkrantz ’05 (dual degree, biology/architecture) of Nervous System, and Zahir Dossa ’08 MNG ’10 PhD ’13 (DUSP) of Function of Beauty. Slice of MIT.

When Architects Design Software
“In architecture we were taught to create systems for designing things, not just the things themselves, which has translated really well to designing software.” Architecture alumni Moe Amaya MArch ’14 and Alex Dixon MArch ’14 of San Francisco design agency, Dixon & Moe, discuss their trajectory from designing buildings to designing software and what it takes to start a successful design agency today. Medium.

"Bits and Bricks" Wins Best Demo Award
Researchers Ira Winder ’10 (BSAD), MCP ’13 and Nina Lutz presented the Tactile Matrix at the IEEE Future Technologies Conference and won the award for Best Project Demonstration. The Tactile Matrix is an open source system for a machine-readable matrix of objects that performs real-time computation and dynamic projection-mapping for projects like CityScope. MIT Media Lab.

Welcome to Love to Code
Media Lab spinoff Chibitronics from Jie Qi SM ’12, PhD ’16 (MAS) and Bonnie Huang ’97, MEng ’97, PhD ’02, introduces Love to Code, a new kind of textbook that invites you to craft circuits directly onto the page. 

Welcome to Love to Code from Chibitronics on Vimeo.

PODCAST: Feminist theory as a lens for exploring data visualization
Researcher Catherine D'Ignazio SM ’14 (MAS) describes her work in feminist data visualization on the Data Stories podcast. Listen.

PODCAST: Nature and cities get together
In a new episode of MIT's Climate Change Podcast, John Fernandez ’85 discusses how natural systems can mitigate and help society adapt to climate change as urban areas expand rapidly and globally. Listen.