About

Alexis is an award-winning creative director, user experience designer, and researcher whose work focuses on exploring the newly available possibilities of emerging technologies. She designs and creates compelling experiences that demonstrate innovative ways of engaging with information and with the world around us, including interactions with connected objects, data visualizations, and screen-based interfaces. She is also an accomplished writer and public speaker who can convene thoughtful conversations amongst diverse groups about the future of design, technology, and user experience. Her work has been covered and presented internationally in major publications, at prominent conferences, and in galleries and museums.

Experience

Creative Director

The New York Times R&D Lab | 2013 - present

Led a team of creative technologists in the creation of innovative experience prototypes exploring the future of media. Developed a multi-faceted research agenda and synthesized clear points of view on the emerging media and technology landscape. Communicated the outcomes of the lab's research to groups throughout The New York Times as well as to a broader audience through extensive public speaking and writing. During the tenure of my leadership, the lab has become internationally renowned and the projects I led have been covered in numerous publications, including WIRED, The Atlantic, Make Magazine, Le Monde, The Awl, Columbia Journalism Review, and more. The lab also received a 2015 Silver Medal for Best Innovation Program at the Corporate Entrepreneurs Awards. Project portfolio available at www.nytlabs.com.

Creative Technologist

The New York Times R&D Lab | 2007 - 2013

Responsible for researching technology trends and creating award-winning prototypes of future interfaces for news and media consumption. Led user experience and design for the lab as a whole. Prototype development entailed concept creation as well as visual design and front-end programming. Other responsibilities included giving presentations on future visions for technology, news, and content to a wide variety of audiences, as well as writing white papers and articles on current technology topics. Awards received include the Knight-Batten Grand Prize for Innovation in Journalism and a New York Times Chairman's Award.

Co-Creator and Designer

News.me | 2011

Responsible for concept development and visual and interaction design for News.me, a personalized news reading app for the iPad. News.me was initially developed as a prototype at The New York Times R+D Lab, and was subsequently sold to bit.ly / betaworks. Engaged in a 6-month residency at bit.ly to design and launch the first version of the News.me app.

Adjunct Faculty

Parsons School of Design | 2009 - 2010

Adjunct faculty in the Design + Technology MFA program. Created and taught courses on data visualization and design for ubiquitous computing. Also acted as thesis advisor for MFA student theses.

Senior Interaction Designer

Columbia University | 2001 - 2006

Designed compelling user experiences for a wide variety of interactive projects, including websites, digital collections, online courses and multimedia exhibition kiosks. Established organization-wide standards for information architecture and interaction design. Created site maps, wireframes and functional specifications, and collaborated to create elegant visual design solutions. Worked with clients both within and outside of the university, including the New York Historical Society, PBS, Columbia Digital Libraries, and the BBC.

Multimedia Producer

FOX (News Digital Media) | 1998 - 2001

Produced informative and interactive rich media features on news topics for News Digital Media, the digital division of FOX Television. Conceived and created interactive features on a variety of current events topics. Acted as project manager for editorial and production teams of 3-7 members. Designed user interfaces for interactive features and site-wide redesign.

Honors & Awards

Selected Talks & Exhibitions

Education

Parsons School of Design

MFA, Design + Technology

Valedictorian, Dean's Scholarship recipient, 4.0 GPA
Thesis: "comMODIFIED", a series of media art works that remix advertising media as a method of critiquing marketing rhetoric.

Vassar College

BA, Theater

Concentration in dramatic literature and criticism
Vassar Club of New York Scholarship recipient
Thesis: "Make us the women we can't be": Caryl Churchill's Feminist Theatre