Hi, my name is Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (just call me Alex) and I've been invited to blog here by fo.am and add to the general conversations around the Lirec project. I thought I would start this thread by introducing myself and what I'll be contributing to the online presence of the project. I trained as a product designer at the Université de Montréal and then moved on to complete a masters degree in interaction design at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea before it was defunct. I then worked based in Amsterdam in web, information architecture, doing various product design projects and working with a number of really exciting companies. I moved to London in 2007 where I started Tinker.it! with my business partner Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino platform. We're a design and innovation consultancy with offices in Central London and in Milan and offer training around the Arduino platform as well. My interests have always been very wide, from service design, to product design, maps, online interactions and services, what is broadly known as "web2.0", food, culture, mobile interactions, etc so I tend to keep my fingers in many pies which I think generally makes me a better designer. I've blogged on my own site since 2005 then for the Design Council's RED team, Blast Radius, Blyk, tastythinking and now here! I often speak at conferences or events, and attend corporate workshops on occasion. If you're interested at all, check out my personal portfolio or my company's website. For Lirec, I hope to bring in a completely different perspective and some inspiration from what's being done in spaces like home automation, food production, for children, for the elderly, in art, etc in order to give a different perspective on the fabulous work done by all the project's members. Hope you enjoy it and that you contribute to the conversation too!
Posted by nik on Thursday, 16 July, 2009 /