Philippa Mothersill

Object-Based Media
  • Research Assistant

Pip Mothersill is a PhD student in the Object-Based Media group at the MIT Media Lab.  Using her experience as a product designer, she explores how meaning is embodied in objects by designers and how computation or even AI can play a role in that creative process.  Through research that draws from design theory, cognitive psychology, and computer science, and computational design, I investigate the ways in which we perceive and embody meaning in the design of physical artefacts and explore how we can integrate that knowledge into computational processes and tools.

 Over the past 6 years researching at the MIT Media Lab and through case studies in industry, Pip has combined her experience as a product designer with knowledge of computational design to create new creativity support tools (such as the EmotiveModeler and design(human)design) that allow a designer to more seamlessly embody their poetic expressions into new designs.

Before the Media Lab, Philippa worked for three years as a product designer for Procter&Gamble, where she led the upstream industrial desi… View full description

Pip Mothersill is a PhD student in the Object-Based Media group at the MIT Media Lab.  Using her experience as a product designer, she explores how meaning is embodied in objects by designers and how computation or even AI can play a role in that creative process.  Through research that draws from design theory, cognitive psychology, and computer science, and computational design, I investigate the ways in which we perceive and embody meaning in the design of physical artefacts and explore how we can integrate that knowledge into computational processes and tools.

 Over the past 6 years researching at the MIT Media Lab and through case studies in industry, Pip has combined her experience as a product designer with knowledge of computational design to create new creativity support tools (such as the EmotiveModeler and design(human)design) that allow a designer to more seamlessly embody their poetic expressions into new designs.

Before the Media Lab, Philippa worked for three years as a product designer for Procter&Gamble, 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 and Imperial College, London.