Hi, I'm Raphael! πŸ‘‹πŸΌ
I'm a designer who loves helping people make sense of complexity πŸ’‘πŸ§ 


I currently design for Khan Academy, where I’m leading the future of teacher tools through a new product that applies pedagogical best practices to the classroom ecosystem. πŸŽπŸ“š

From 2016–2018, I worked at IBM Research where I helped translate cutting-edge artificial intelligence work into human-readable format. This meant designing prototypes for novel forms of interaction like conversational interfaces and working on products for systems fueled by machine learning and
 big data. πŸ€–πŸ’¬

Prior to that, I led design for the Apple+IBM partnership and worked on over 100 enterprise apps that helped empower people like flight attendants, social workers and nurses. πŸ“±πŸ’―

There’s more work history, but I won’t bore you with the details (unless you’re interested). πŸ—„πŸ˜΄


I’m passionate about teaching & pedagogy, especially design & art at the university level. I’ve taught and guest lectured at places including USC, San JosΓ© State University, Calarts, ArtCenter as well as many ad-hoc workshops. πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ«πŸ«

If you’re curious, I like to tinker, create and sometimes show experimental projects that explore the future of our relationship with technology. I've written about a few of these projects as part of academic conferences like ACM CHI and IEEE VisArts and hope to further spread the importance of this intersection by serving on the board of Leonardo, The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. πŸ’»β€οΈ


In my free time, you can find me making with motors, patching on a modular synthesizer, running on trails, learning how to forage for mushrooms and escaping into a good book.β€¨βš™οΈπŸŽ›πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ„πŸ“–