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Brenda Laurel

Independent Scholar & Consultant; Founder of the Graduate Design Program at California College of the Arts

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 Brenda Laurel Biography

Brenda Laurel is a designer, researcher and writer. Her work focuses on interactive narrative, human-computer interaction, and cultural aspects of technology. She currently serves as chair of the new Graduate Program in Design at California College of the Arts. Her career in human-computer interaction spans over twenty-five years. She holds an M.F.A. and Ph.D. in theatre from the Ohio State University. Her doctoral dissertation was the first to propose a comprehensive architecture for computer-based interactive fantasy and fiction.

Brenda was one of the founding members of the research staff at Interval Research Corporation in Palo Alto, California, where she coordinated research activities exploring gender and technology, and where she co-produced and directed the  Placeholder Virtual Reality project. She was also one of the founders and VP/Design of a spinoff company from Interval - Purple Moon - formed to market products based on this research.

Purple Moon was acquired by Mattel in 1999. In 1990 she co-founded Telepresence Research, Inc. to develop virtual reality and remote presence technology and applications. She has worked as a software designer, producer, and researcher for companies including Atari, Activision, and Apple. She served as Chair and graduate faculty member of the graduate Media Design Program  at the Art Center College of Design  in Pasadena, California, and also worked as a Senior Director and Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems Labs in Menlo Park, California.

Brenda has published extensively on topics including interactive fiction, computer games, autonomous agents, virtual reality, and political and artistic issues in interactive media. She is editor of the book The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design; author of Computers as Theatre; an online collection of essays entitled Severed Heads; author of the narrative of her start-up adventure of "games for girls" Utopian Entrepreneur; and her newest book is Design Research. Brenda lives with her husband Rob Tow at their house Locus Voci in the Santa Cruz mountains above the Silicon Valley region of the San Francisco bay area.

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Brenda Laurel

Independent Scholar & Consultant; Founder of the Graduate Design Program at California College of the Arts

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Brenda Laurel Biography

Brenda Laurel is a designer, researcher and writer. Her work focuses on interactive narrative, human-computer interaction, and cultural aspects of technology. She currently serves as chair of the new Graduate Program in Design at California College of the Arts. Her career in human-computer interaction spans over twenty-five years. She holds an M.F.A. and Ph.D. in theatre from the Ohio State University. Her doctoral dissertation was the first to propose a comprehensive architecture for computer-based interactive fantasy and fiction.

Brenda was one of the founding members of the research staff at Interval Research Corporation in Palo Alto, California, where she coordinated research activities exploring gender and technology, and where she co-produced and directed the  Placeholder Virtual Reality project. She was also one of the founders and VP/Design of a spinoff company from Interval - Purple Moon - formed to market products based on this research.

Purple Moon was acquired by Mattel in 1999. In 1990 she co-founded Telepresence Research, Inc. to develop virtual reality and remote presence technology and applications. She has worked as a software designer, producer, and researcher for companies including Atari, Activision, and Apple. She served as Chair and graduate faculty member of the graduate Media Design Program  at the Art Center College of Design  in Pasadena, California, and also worked as a Senior Director and Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems Labs in Menlo Park, California.

Brenda has published extensively on topics including interactive fiction, computer games, autonomous agents, virtual reality, and political and artistic issues in interactive media. She is editor of the book The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design; author of Computers as Theatre; an online collection of essays entitled Severed Heads; author of the narrative of her start-up adventure of "games for girls" Utopian Entrepreneur; and her newest book is Design Research. Brenda lives with her husband Rob Tow at their house Locus Voci in the Santa Cruz mountains above the Silicon Valley region of the San Francisco bay area.

Brenda Laurel Videos

  • UX Week | Brenda Laurel | Keynote - YouTube
    Dec 5, 2013 ... Brenda Laurel has worked in interactive media since 1976 as a designer, researcher, writer and teacher. She served as professor and...
  • Brenda Laurel: Keynote on Vimeo
  • Brenda Laurel -- Crossing Boundaries (Media Systems Series #2 ...

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  • How to book Brenda Laurel?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Brenda Laurel for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Brenda Laurel, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Brenda Laurel or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Brenda Laurel?

    Booking fees for Brenda Laurel, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Brenda Laurel, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Brenda Laurel?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Brenda Laurel for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Brenda Laurel for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Brenda Laurel or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Brenda Laurel or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Brenda Laurel is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Brenda Laurel for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Brenda Laurel generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Carlo Ratti, Graham Hill, Cameron Sinclair, Paola Antonelli and Lori Cheek. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Brenda Laurel for an upcoming event.

Brenda Laurel Speaker Videos

  • UX Week | Brenda Laurel | Keynote - YouTube
    Dec 5, 2013 ... Brenda Laurel has worked in interactive media since 1976 as a designer, researcher, writer and teacher. She served as professor and founding ...
    Brenda Laurel: Keynote on Vimeo
  • Brenda Laurel -- Crossing Boundaries (Media Systems Series #2 ...
    Brenda Laurel on making video games for girls - YouTube

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