Pip Mothersill is a human-centered product designer, philosophically-minded technology researcher and unconventional computational toolmaker. Bridging design theory, cognitive psychology and computer science, I develop digital tools and augmented environments for creative thinking that embrace purposeful ambiguity and intentional serendipity to provoke perspective-changing ideas.
Pip has presented her work at CHI, TEI, Design Research Society, European Academy of Design, Design Museum Boston, SXSW, Northeastern University and the Royal College of Art. As well as her academic experience, Pip has several years experience in industry (P&G/Gillette) developing new technologies and upstream product design strategy.
- PhD and M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab
- MA/MSc in Industrial Design Engineering, Royal College of Art/Imperial College, London
- MEng in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Bristol.
Design Daydreams: Juxtaposing Digital and Physical Inspiration | 2019
Philippa Mothersill and V. Michael Bove. In Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion (DIS '19 Companion). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 265-269.
Beyond Average Tools: On the use of ‘dumb’ computation and purposeful ambiguity to enhance the creative process | 2019
Philippa Mothersill & V. Michael Bove Jr. The Design Journal 20:sup1, P1147-1161
An Ontology of Computational Tools for Design Activities | 2018
Philippa Mothersill & V. Michael Bove Jr. Proceedings of DRS2018 International Conference, 25–28 June 2018, Limerick, Ireland, p1261-1277
Editorial: Tools of Design | 2018
Philippa Mothersill. Proceedings of DRS2018 International Conference, 25–28 June 2018, Limerick, Ireland, p1053-1056
Humans, Machines and the Design Process: Exploring the Role of Computation in the Early Phases of Creation | 2017
Philippa Mothersill & V. Michael Bove Jr. The Design Journal, 20:sup1, S3899-S3913
The EmotiveModeler: An Emotive Form Design CAD Tool | 2015
Philippa Mothersill & V. Michael Bove Jr. CHI Extended Abstracts (pp. 339-342)
Breaking the Code: Algorithms that Work for All | 2019
Stylus Decoded Future Summit, NYC (USA)
Looking for Humanity in AI | 2019
Techonomy, NYC (USA)
Digital tools to explore Beyond Average ideas | 2019
Royal Society of the Arts, London (UK)
Designing the Future Designer’s Toolbox | 2018
Reaktor Breakpoint conference, Helsinki (Finland)
Digitally Enabled Creativity | 2017
Design Museum at HUBweek Festival, Boston (USA)
Humans, Machines & the Future of Industrial Design with Jason Robinson (IDEO) | 2017
SXSW Interactive conference, Austin (USA)
Computational creativity, digital serendipity, organisational creativity
Innovation: Discussion (Spring 2020)
Integrative Research & Dev
Research & Development Methods (Spring 2021)