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Despina Papadopoulos

Adjunct, Alumni, Class of 2003


Courses Taught: The Softness of Things: Technology in Space and Form
Personal Expression and Wearable Technologies
Wearables Studio (w/Zach Eveland)
Principled Design
Making Sense of Wearables
Wearable Design
Design as Strategy & Practice

Despina (Director, 5050ltd, http://www.5050ltd.com) is an interaction designer and consultant specializing in developing concepts and inventing new applications for a wide range of fields. 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. Her work in Afghanistan has led to her course "Principled Design: Method & Practice" and a continued investigation of appropriate design methodologies for international development.

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, and the International Symposium on Wearable Computing.

City of Origin: Athens, Greece
Current residence: New York, USA