Floor van de Velde

Designer. Educator. Community Builder. Artist. Question Asker. Curious Person.

Mentor for the next generation of creative innovators and makers in emerging technologies. Autodidact with a well-worn library card.



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After working in a variety of professions including visual art, design, design innovation, and artistic research, I have acquired a considerable set of technical and design skills. I’m equally passionate about education, particularly within the intersection of art, design, and technology.

I embrace an anti-disciplinary approach in the work I choose to do and I thrive in environments that don’t fit into any specific framework, method, or subject. I believe that complex problems are tackled using deep investigations and quick iterations. Ultimately, my intention is to help build inclusive cultures, practices, and frameworks that not only address challenges, but also evoke a sense of delight and joy.

In 2014, I completed my studies in MIT’s Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) program where I focused my research on critical art practice, design theory, speculative design, and exhibition design. I remain steadfast in my commitment to teaching: by bridging the gap between academia and industry I am always looking for the potential to harness the power of academic knowledge to fuel creativity and innovation beyond the confines of traditional educational boundaries. I currently lecture at UC Berkeley’s Master of Design Program (MDes) where I teach courses in discursive design, design innovation, human-centered design, studio practice, and contemporary art.