Theo Watson

Theo is an artist, designer and experimenter whose work is born out of the curiosity and excitement of designing experiences that come alive and invite people to play. Theodore’s work ranges from creating new tools for artistic expression, experimental musical systems, to immersive, interactive environments with full-body interaction. His recent work includes the Eyewriter, an eye controlled drawing tool, Graffiti Research Lab's Laser Tag, laser graffiti system and Funky Forest, an immersive interactive ecosystem for young children. Theodore works together with Zachary Lieberman and Arturo Castro on openFrameworks, which is an open source library for writing creative code in C++.

Along with Emily Gobeille he founded Design I/O, a creative studio specializing in the design and development of cutting edge, immersive, interactive installations. Design I/O develops installations for events, galleries, museums, exhibitions and public space and specializes in creating engaging, meaningful interaction with the public. With more than 15 years experience in interactive media, Design I/O and its partners have and continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in the intersection between design and technology.

Session: Design I/O - Playful Spaces and Generative Design

Theodore Watson and Emily Gobeille of Design I/O will showcase some of their recent projects, including the interactive ecosystem "Funky Forest" and "Rise & Fall" an interactive cover experience for Boards Magazine.  They will also take you behind the scenes to see how their projects are made and how their work both draws from and feeds back into the openFrameworks community. 

Panel: Coding Spaces

Peep behind walls made of bits and bytes to unravel and contemplate the art and science of imagining, coding and building interactive environments. The panel will search for some general process ideas, tips, warnings, recommendations and insights into the making of these fascinating spaces. Moderated by Tali Krakowsky with panelists Emily Gobeille, Theo Watson and Jake Barton.