• Raphael Arar
  • Design / Art / Research
  • Portland, OR
  • Experience
  • 2021 – Present
  • Design @ One Project
  • Leading the design, monitoring and readjustment of social-digital infrastructure in order to enable new economic models and systems of governance
  • 2019 – 2021
  • Senior Design Manager @ Khan Academy
  • Served as manager and principal designer of the learning platform team focusing on the future of student experiences both in and out of classrooms; led the design of a new product feature that received an NPS > 95% and a microsite that drove a 2x increase in the number of active teachers and learners to the platform
  • 2018 – 2019
  • Principal Designer @ Khan Academy
  • Led the end-to-end design effort of Khan Academy’s first paid enterprise classroom products for K-12 differentiated learning—MAP Accelerator & Khan for Districts; shipped work exceeded our 22% user activation targets
  • 2016 – 2018
  • Design Lead @ IBM Research
  • Pioneered design-driven processes and led UI/UX, data visualization and tangible user interface design for R&D projects spanning new ML/AI systems; filed 20 patents (3 granted) and published over a dozen papers on the intersection of design, art and ML/AI systems
  • 2014 – 2016
  • UX Design Lead @ Apple + IBM
  • Created an accelerated design process to scale the design and production of over 100 enterprise iOS/watchOS apps as part of the Apple+IBM partnership; worked closely with Apple Evangelism to facilitate design workshops with Fortune 100 clients; led and oversaw the UI/UX effort of teams globally
  • 2009 – Present
  • Freelance Design, Art and Research
  • Varied experience design, prototyping, arts-based research and systems work for clients including Google, Smithsonian Institute, Schmidt Futures-backed ventures and others
  • Teaching
  • 2021 – Present
  • Adjunct Professor @ University of Nevada, Reno - Digital Media Art Program
  • Teaching a self-authored course on tangible media that explores the intersection of interaction design and physical computing
  • 2016 – 2019
  • Adjunct Professor @ San José State University - Digital Media Art Program
  • Taught courses in Speculative Design (self-authored) and Advanced Video Art
  • 2014 – 2016
  • Adjunct Professor @ University of Southern California - Media Arts + Practice
  • Taught courses in UX & Media Art (self-authored) and Creative Coding
  • Recognition
  • 2018
  • 2018
  • Lumen Prize - Short List
  • Nostalgia listed in the Artificial Intelligence category
  • 2017
  • Forbes 30 under 30
  • Awardee in Enterprise Technology
  • Authored Books
  • 2019
  • Conversational UX Design: A Practitioner’s Guide
  • Co-authored with Robert J. Moore; ACM Press
  • 2018
  • Studies in Conversational UX Design
  • Co-authored and edited with Robert J. Moore, Margaret H. Szymanski and Guang-Jie Ren; Springer International Publishing
  • Education
  • 2012 – 2014
  • MFA in Integrated Media @ California Institute of the Arts
  • Coursework in Art & Technology, Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence and Design, Graphic Design
  • 2005 – 2009
  • BA in Economics & Music @ Boston University
  • Minor in Computer Science; graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • Misc
  • 20 patents filed (3 granted); 13 publications at venues including CHI, IEEE, PDC
  • Board member of Leonardo (MIT press journal and art/sci/tech non-profit)