Instructor: Phil Van Allen

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Ben Hooker

Full-time Faculty

Ben Hooker collaborates with architects, industrial designers and computer scientists working in the field of human-computer interaction and has a background in screen-based multimedia design.

Hooker was formerly visiting faculty at Intel Research in Berkeley and taught at Central Saint Martins College and the Royal College of Art, London. MA, computer-related design, Royal College of Art; BS, electronic imaging and media communications, University of Bradford

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Phil Van Allen

Full-time Faculty

Interaction designer, technologist

Phil van Allen is an interaction design consultant, researcher, technologist and educator whose work ranges from the practical to the speculative. In his research, van Allen is developing new models for the IxD of AI, including non-anthropomorphic “animistic design.” He is the creator of the Delft AI Toolkit (, an open source toolkit that makes sketching and prototyping and of AI based systems accessible to the designer’s process. van Allen also writes about interaction design and is a consultant for industry with clients such as Samsung, Jaguar Land Rover, Publicis-Sapient, Acura, USC, GPJ, yU+co, and Interval Research. In the past, he's been a recording engineer, software developer, entrepreneur, and researcher. BA, Experimental Psychology/Cognitive Science, University of California, Santa Cruz.

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