MDes Cohort

Abigail Chen

MDes Fall 23


Hi! ˙ᵕ˙

My name is Abigail, and I graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Computer Science. I’m a UX designer, researcher, and developer.

As a designer, I am fueled by the why.
As a researcher, I am fueled by the what.
As a developer, I am fueled by the how.

My work aims to develop new technologies that support and are inspired by creative processes. What drives me is my desire to bridge art and technology to provide humans with the agency to grow into their personhood and unleash their creative potential. I am particularly interested in examining these goals through the lenses of healthcare and education.

My research in HCI has ranged from launching a social robot study at the MIT Media Lab that improves mental wellbeing via positive psychology, to building a software toolkit at the University of Tokyo that allows users to easily explore and deploy spatial interactions into their home.

In the MDes program, I am also interested in investigating topics of digital fabrication and human-food interaction.

In my free time, you can find me baking, making art in various media (currently: doodling), learning languages, traveling, and expanding my ever-growing tin box collection.


What are you most looking forward to in the MDes program?

I am most excited to join the tight-knit MDes cohort of mentors and peers who will constantly challenge and inspire me to make improbable connections, to ask difficult questions, and to problem solve within complicated realities, while engaging in dynamic discussion about current and future design practice.