Tuesday 12pm, 6 October 2015


Thinking with the hands

Paula Te

Interaction Designer - Communications Design Group


This talk will present ideas and research on leveraging the physical environment to facilitate speed-of-thought work and embodied thinking, with the hands. The narrative will cover Paula’s past work on TADCAD, a tangible and gestural 3D modeling platform for 3D printing, and present work and experiments-in-progress on the tools, environments, and communities that are envisioned in a world where technology is built to better support human interaction. She’ll also present work by her colleagues who are also working towards this same vision.


Paula Te is an interaction designer at the Communications Design Group in San Francisco. Her research focuses on ways to empower people in creativity and learning through crafting tangible interfaces for digital fabrication and maker education. Her work on TADCAD, a tangible and gestural CAD platform, has been featured at SIGCHI IDC and Prix Ars Electronica. Previously, Paula worked as an interaction designer at Xerox PARC, and in design education in Kathmandu at Karkhana and in Boston at MIT. She studied at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.