Design Lab

 

Ani Liu is a designer and creative technologist specializing in multisensory experiences.

 
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Footprint of Food

How can we create an experience where visitors can gain a more intuitive understanding of the carbon footprint of food?

 
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Networked Sensorium

What if you could see through the eyes of someone else?

 
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Scents for Space

In a future where we leave Earth for the unknown, can ever re-live what we've lost?  This is a set of olfactive tokens containing precious smells of Earth
for future cosmonauts.

 
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Biota Beats

How can we gain a more intuitive understanding of our microbiome? 
Biota Beats uses music to bridge the gap between science and cultural understanding.

 
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Mind in the Machine

In the age of mechanical reproduction, what happens to human workers?  After working in a factory for a month, I programmed one of the machines to manufacture the mental states of a factory worker through EEG signals.
 

 
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Embedded Aesthetics

Form following function, function following form.  Explorations in expressive circuit designs.

 
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Infinity Helm 

An Analog Response to Virtual Reality

 
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Transformable Furniture

A study in digital fabrication, this table transforms from a compact coffee table to a full dining table.

 
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Services

Every day I wake up energized to be doing what I love most.  While I understand that my anti-disciplinary background is trending, sometimes it can be hard to see how I can be a good fit for collaboration.  Explore some of my skills and services below:


 
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Interactive Experiences

Delivering multi-sensory stories- whether it's through your brainwaves or by reconstructing the smell of your first car- thinking out of the box is my strength. With a Master of Science from MIT Media Lab, I embody the imagination of an artist with the executional standards of an engineer.  I have delivered inspiration to clients such as IDEO, Asian Art Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Estée Lauder. 

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Architectural Environments

Ranging from built environments like exhibition design, to interactive projection mapping, I am passionate about creating spaces that tell stories.  I hold a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and have over seven years of experience in environmental design.  In addition to built environments I am versatile in a full suite of VR tools such as UNITY and Unreal Engine.

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Digital Fabrication

The industrial design of unconventional objects is a specialty of mine, especially when it relates to the body.  I have over four years of experience designing wearable technologies. From CNC milling, laser cutting, 3D printing, polymer casting, wood working, even digital knitting- I have over 15 years of experience making with a broad range of tools.  

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Design Strategy & Branding

Storytelling complex, multifaceted ideas through design is a challenge that continues to keep my practice meaningful.  From the creation of logo to full multidimensional experiences, I begin each creative process focused human centered design.  I am invested in researching market trends and strategically delivering to client needs.  I love working with people, and excel in collaborative environments.

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Let's Create
Something
Together

Ani is currently available for multi-sensory commissions, speaking engagements, art direction, and a variety of interaction design services.  She aims to create delightful, thought provoking experiences to reignite a sense of wonder. 

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