Curriculum Vitae

Contact Info


Alex Braidwood

+1 313 595 3155

www.formalplay.com & www.listeninginstruments.com

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Bio


Alex Braidwood is a media artist, designer, and design educator who maintains a practice centered around a process of play, experimentation and research through making. Alex's current work explores methods for transforming the relationship between people and the noise in their environment. As a design educator he has developed and taught interaction and motion design courses to undergraduate and graduate graphic design students. Alex has worked for a variety of digital agencies and studios, presented papers on design education, led workshops on creative uses of technology, lectured on his research and processes, exhibited motion and interactive work throughout the US and in Europe, and given live audio performances at a variety of events and venues. He earned his BFA in Graphic Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI and his MFA in Media Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Currently, Alex is Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and a faculty member of the Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program at Iowa State University.



Education


2011 MFA in Media Design from the Graduate Media Design Program

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Awarded 2 major merit-based MFA Scholarships by the department faculty.


2001 BFA in Graphic Design with an Emphasis on Interaction and Motion Design, with Honors

College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Selected as the top graduate from the Graphic Design department by the department faculty.


Teaching


2012 Iowa State University Assistant Professor, Graphic Design


2012 OTIS College of Art and Design Adjunct Faculty, Communication Design


2008-2009 College for Creative Studies Assistant Professor of Graphic and Interaction Design.


2002-2008 College for Creative Studies Adjunct Faculty, Graphic Design Department. 

2007-2009 Graphic Design Department Advisory Board Member.

2005-2009 Graphic Design Department Interactive & Motion Advisory Board Member.


Courses Taught and Developed at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI

Time Based Media 1 - Freshman, Required

Introduction to Web Design - Sophomore, Required

Introduction to Interactive Media - Sophomore, Required [Developed course curriculum]

Interactive Media 1 - Junior, Required [Developed course curriculum]

Interactive Media 2 - Junior / Senior, Elective [Developed course curriculum]

Interactive Sound - Junior / Senior Elective [Developed course curriculum]

Graphic Design Practicum - Junior / Senior, Elective

Graphic Design Independent Study - Junior / Senior, Elective

Experience Design - Junior / Senior, Elective [Developed course curriculum]


Awards


2011 Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant for Artistic Innovation 

Recipient of a Round VIII Investing in Artists Grant in order to continue work on the Listening Instruments project.


2010 Art Center College of Design Graduate Media Design Program Thesis Scholarship

Recipient of a generous departmental scholarship, awarded by the department faculty in recognition of work completed during the first year of study.


Presentations


2013 Media in Transition 8: Public Media, Private Media - MIT, Cambridge, MA

Presented "Personal Performance Machines: Listening Interventions in the Public Soundscape"


2013 Ignite Ames Talk - Ames, IA

Voted to present my Listening Instruments process and experiments.


2012 Research Through Making

Invited to present my process and working methodology to graduate industrial design students.


2012 Friday Talks in the College of Design

Invited to present Listening Instruments research, process & projects to faculty and students.


2012 Graduate Media Design Colloquium at Art Center College of Design - Pasadena, CA

Invited to present Listening Instruments research, process & projects to media design graduate students.


2011 Critical Information: Mapping The Intersection of Art & Technology at SVA - New York, NY

Presented Listening Instruments on the panel Visualizing the Invisible: The Art of Sound.


2011 Institute for Media Literacy Digital Studies Symposium at USC - Los Angeles, CA

Invited to present Listening Instruments research, process & projects to research students from various majors.


2011 World Listening Day at Machine Project - Los Angeles, CA

Presented Noisolation Headphones as part of the World Listening Day events at the gallery.


2011 Design Strategic Projects Studio at Nokia Design - Los Angeles, CA

Invited to present Listening Instruments & spend the afternoon in conversation with researchers from the studio.


2011 Dorkbot SoCal 44 - Los Angeles, CA

Invited to present and demonstrate Noisolation Headphones at the June 2011 Dorkbot meeting.


2011 Media in Transition 7 - MIT, Cambridge, MA

Presented Listening Instruments as a method for Negotiating Noise as a Condition of Urbanization on a panel titled Urban Media.


2009 Interfaces '09 Conference - Royal Oak, MI

Co-presented the importance of design research to a student's process using examples from our own classes with CCS teaching colleague, Meredith Morrison.


2007 Schools of Thoughts 3 - AIGA Design Educators Conference - Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Co-presented the College for Creative Studies Graphic Design department's collaborative teaching model at the AIGA Schools of Thoughts 3 conference with Doug Kisor, CCS Chair of Graphic Design.


Press


2012 Neural Media Art Magazine - Issue 43 / Autumn 2012 (Italy) Link

Noisolation Headphones reviewed in the print and online versions.


2012 National AIGA Design Envy Blog Link

Features the NPR documentary made with SoCal NPR's Mae Ryan about the Noislation Headphones


2012 Science & Vie découvertes No 161 - MAI 2012 (A French science magazine for children)


2012 KTLA Los Angeles - Evening Television News Technology Segment Link

Interviewed using the Noisolation Headphones in Downtown LA for a news story about Listening Instruments.

The story aired on February 29, 2012.


2012 KPCC 89.3 - Southern California NPR Station Link

Mae Ryan of KPCC created "Sonic City," a radio & video documentary of the Noisolation Headphones. 

The story aired during "Morning Edition" on February 7, 2012.


2012 Boing Boing : "Tuning in to ambient urban sound: Alex Braidwood's Listening Instruments" Link

A piece about the Listening Instruments project and the Noisolation Headphones documentary made by KPCC


2012 LAist : "Meet the Man Who is Listening to Los Angeles" Link

A piece about my work with noise around the city from this popular site all about Los Angeles.


2011 Boing Boing, October 07 

Noisolation Headphones posted on this influential tech blog via we-make-money-not-art.com interview


2011 We Make Money Not Art, October 06 Link

Interviewed about Noisolation Headphones project & process for the popular art blog we-make-money-not-art.com


2011 Rafu Shimpo LA Daily Japanese News, Saturday July 16 

Noisolation Headphones featured in a story about Little Tokyo Design Week


2011 Brand X Magazine, Week of 6/22/2011 Vol 3, No. 10. 

Featured on the cover and in the cover story "Digital artists add whimsy to mobile gaming."


2011 Los Angeles Times, Sunday June 05 Print Edition. New Media section, D10.

Featured in the story "Apps Evolution: A new wave of digital artists is adding whimsy to mobile gaming."


2011 The Orange Dot, Art Center College of Design's online publication

Synesthetic Din featured in a piece about helping to define the future of mobile devices.


Exhibitions & Performances


2013 Relish Live modified listening noise-scape performance. Grinnell, IA.


2013 Grin City Collective pop-up gallery Modified listening installation. Grinnell, IA.


2012 Kansas City SoundWalk Flourish live performance with painter Meredith Lynn Morrison. Kansas City, MO.


2012 Sound Through Barriers: Listening in Continuous Spaces Fort Collins, CO.


2012 Music, Mind & Invention Invited to demonstrate Noisolation Headphones. The College of New Jersey. Ewing, NJ.


2011 ArtBots One of eight artists invited to Ghent to present Noisolation Headphones. Ghent, Belgium.


2011 SoundWalk Noisolation Headphones demonstrations, Synesthetic Din installation plus a live performance with painter Meredith Lynn Morrison. Long Beach, CA


2011 You First @ Orange County Center for Contemporary Art Noisolation Headphones + Synesthetic Din. Santa Ana, CA


2011-2012 Noises in the Void Noisolation Headphones & See Also Noise featured in this online curatorial experiment by Pedro Torres


2011 Little Tokyo Design Week Noisolation Headphones display and demonstrations. Los Angeles, CA


2011 4 Hours Solid Interactive Sound Installation: Listening Instruments. ACCD Wind Tunnel Gallery. Pasadena, CA


2010 The :) :) :| :) Quartet Experimental noise orchestra. ACCD Wind Tunnel Gallery. Pasadena, CA

In collaboration with Haejin Lee. 


2010 Beat No. 2; Send Networked participatory noise performance. ACCD South Campus Rooftop. Pasadena, CA

In collaboration with Haejin Lee, Jiha Hwang and Mikey "Mikey T" Tnasuttimonkol.


2005 Noise: Seen and Unseen Sound Art Festival Richard Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric Theater. New York, NY


2005 College for Creative Studies Faculty Exhibition CCS Center Galleries. Detroit, MI


2004 RE/VIEW: A New Media Art Exhibition RX Gallery. San Francisco, CA


2003 VERT @ ©POP & 2003 Underground People Movers @ DAM Reactive video performance. Detroit, MI


2002 - 2003 Element Art Salon Game Boy music performances. Motor Lounge. Detroit, MI


2001 Action Basic Game Boy music performance. Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI

In collaboration with Justin VanSlembrouck.


2001 Selections III Physical Interaction Installation. CCS Center Galleries. Detroit, MI


2001 Exhibit A: Evidence of Pleasure International Juried Design Exhibition. CCS Center Galleries. Detroit, MI


2001 14 Pieces : An Exhibition of Leftover Material, Design Methods, & Process

Tangible interface installation. Opening night live audio performance. CCS Center Galleries. Detroit, MI


Workshops


2013 Listening Instruments Invention Workshop at Side Street Projects - Pasadena, CA



2011 Listening Instruments Workshop for World Listening Day at Machine Project - Los Angeles, CA

Co-organizer with David Eng of Machine Project.


2009 Web Basics for Art & Design Instructors - Faculty Workshop - College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Sponsored by the Graphic Design department and the Continuing Education program.


2008 Code for Designers - Student Workshop - Detroit, MI

Sponsored by the Detroit Student AIGA chapter.


2002-2008 Various in-class & ad hock hardware & software demos for design students - College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI


In Residence


2013 Grin City Collective - Artist in Residence. Grinnell, IA

Spent 2 weeks living, working and making art on a small farm outside of Grinnell, IA with 10 other artists from around the world. This included working in the CSA garden and participating in community art outreach programs.


2013 Guesthaus Artist Residency. Los Angeles, CA

Spent 1 week in residence in association with a Listening Instruments Invention Workshop at Side Street Projects.


Work


2006 - Present Formalplay LLC : Ferndale, MI / Los Angeles, CA / Des Moines, IA

Principle and Founder


Partial Client List:

University of Southern California's Institute for Media Literacy, College for Creative Studies, Art Center College of Design - Graduate Broadcast Cinema Department, Elevator Access, Defrost Design, Fuse Communications (Audi), Campbell-Ewald (Chevy, XM Radio, Alltel, USPS), Organic, Inc (Jeep, Chrysler), Y&R Brands (Mercury) 


Studio Highlights


2007 Elevator and Formalplay receive Best in Show - Interactive at the 2007 Detroit AIGA Design RE:View for the design and development of Mottoform.com. Designed by Elevator and Developed by Formalplay.


2007 Formalplay and Fuse Communications receive honorable mention for the design and development of Audi USA's North American International Auto Show interactive tour at the 2007 Detroit AIGA Design RE:View. Interface Design, Motion Design and Development by Formalplay.


2007 Organic, Inc and Formalplay awarded the Adobe Site of the Day for the Chrysler "Another Day" website.


2006 Campbell-Ewald and Formalplay created the online experience for the Chevy Tahoe / The Apprentice online promotion. As a result of the user experience provided by this website, it was featured in the New York Times, discussed on NPR's All Things Considered, and featured as part of the cover story of Wired Magazine, Dec 2006.


2010 Friends of Friends of Friends - Design Research Intern : Pasadena, CA

A design research project by Media Design Program artists in residence Ben Hooker and Shona Kitchen with support from the Intel People and Practices Research Group and the Graduate Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design.


2007 College for Creative Studies Interactive media consultant - Graphic Design Practicum course.


2004 - 2006 Organic, Inc : Bloomfield Hills, MI

Senior Experience Architect

Responsible for motion design and development of online experiences created for the main brand websites of Chrysler; Chrysler, Jeep & Dodge.


Highlights during the position

Received many local, national and international awards including multiple Caddies, 7 Webby Awards, 6 Web Marketing Association (WMA) Awards, 4 Adobe Site of the Day Awards, 2 Favorite Website Awards and 2 GLIMA Awards


2001 - 2004 Freelance and Contract Design

Partial Client List

Defrost Design - Royal Oak, MI - Interactive Design and Development

Elevator - Windsor, ON - Graphic / Interactive Design and Development

AIGA Detroit Chapter - Detroit, MI - Interactive Design and Development

Pluto Post - Birmingham, MI - Interactive Design and Development

Organic, Inc - Bloomfield Hills, MI - Interactive / Motion Design & Development

VectorForm - Detroit, MI - Interactive Design and Development

WDIV Channel 4 - Detroit, MI - Collaborative Typeface Creation with James Houff

CLEAR Magazine - Royal Oak, MI - Interactive Design and Development