Felix Hardmood Beck is a designer, technologist, researcher and educator.
He holds a Diplom degree (~MA) from the Berlin University of the Art's Visual Communication program where he studied New Media Design; the same field he later got appointed as Meisterschüler under the patronage of Prof. Joachim Sauter.
He has gathered practical experience working as media designer and user-experience professional for several renowned german design and architectural studios and clients from 2001 on. During his eight years being employed as Senior Art Director at ART+COM Studios he worked for clients in business and cultural institutions. His work has been featured in a range of art and design publications and has gone on to several exhibitions and international design festivals. As design director he conceives and develops innovative designs for engaging experiences, objects, cutting-edge interactive installations and media environments through physical properties of objects and materials and the use of narrative technologies.
Holding the position 'Assistant Professor of Practice of Design' at the New York University Abu Dhabi's Engineering Department, he works in the fields of innovation and design. In his research projects he envisions systems and spaces, and creates and deploys innovative objects through design and engineering tools. He develops scenarios and pioneers use-cases for the interaction of humans, digital media and artifacts of the non-digital world, taking into account sustainability concerns, environmental and energy constraints, global sourcing and humanitarian goals.
Having recently given talks and workshops at various events and universities throughout Europe and the Middle East, Felix also enjoys sharing his passion through public speaking.
He lives with his family in Abu Dhabi. He is a founding member of the charity organisation Pratham e.V. a non-profit organisation that promotes education of slum dwelling children in India.
More info at: www.felix-beck.de