Philippa Mothersill

Object-Based Media
  • Research Assistant

Philippa Mothersill is a doctoral candidate in the Object-Based Media group at the MIT Media Lab, where her research draws from design theory, cognitive psychology and computer science to understand and enhance creativity, particularly considering how we can more intuitively and considerately integrate technology into new tools for the early phases of the creative process.

Design tools she has developed include the EmotiveModeler CAD tool that allows users to use expressive adjectives to manipulate 3D forms (http://emotivemodeler.media.mit.edu/) and the design(human)design creative prompt tool that provokes new associations between concepts in a user’s project (http://designhumandesign.media.mit.edu/). Her work has been presented at international academic and industry conferences, including CHI, the Design Research Society and the European Academy of Design, and been featured in the press, including FastCo.Design and ACM Interactions magazine.

Before the Media Lab, Pip worked for three years as a product designer for P&G, where she led the upstream industrial design of new products by bringing together design researc… View full description

Philippa Mothersill is a doctoral candidate in the Object-Based Media group at the MIT Media Lab, where her research draws from design theory, cognitive psychology and computer science to understand and enhance creativity, particularly considering how we can more intuitively and considerately integrate technology into new tools for the early phases of the creative process.

Design tools she has developed include the EmotiveModeler CAD tool that allows users to use expressive adjectives to manipulate 3D forms (http://emotivemodeler.media.mit.edu/) and the design(human)design creative prompt tool that provokes new associations between concepts in a user’s project (http://designhumandesign.media.mit.edu/). Her work has been presented at international academic and industry conferences, including CHI, the Design Research Society and the European Academy of Design, and been featured in the press, including FastCo.Design and ACM Interactions magazine.

Before the Media Lab, Pip worked for three years as a product designer for P&G, where she led the upstream industrial design of new products by bringing together design research, marketing narrative, and functional technology to create the first aesthetically designed functional prototype in a product’s development cycle. She holds a MEng in Aeronautical Engineering, and a joint MA/MSc degree in Industrial Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art.