Alex Lobos, IDSA

Alex Lobos, IDSA
Graduate Director and Associate Professor of ID
Rochester Institute of Technology

Alex Lobos, IDSA, focuses on sustainability, emotional attachment and user-centered design. He is graduate director and associate professor of industrial design, and extended faculty at Golisano Institute for Sustainability—all at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Lobos frequently lectures and teaches throughout Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. His research has been sponsored by companies such as Autodesk, AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive, General Electric, Kraft, Staples, Unilever and Wegmans. Prior to RIT, he was faculty at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and an industrial designer for General Electric.

Lobos is a Fulbright Scholar, holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame and a BID from Universidad Rafael Landivar

“Statefulness” and Tangible Interaction in Industrial Design Education

Alex Lobos, IDSA, and Tim Wood, of Rochester Institute of Technology share the framework in which interaction design provides an innovative approach to traditional industrial design. This includes the concept of “statefulness,” in which dynamic changes of complex systems are broken down into states that can be defined and manipulated in order to achieve a desired user experience (UX).

The framework goes beyond physical components of product control digital interfaces and develops experiences that jump between physical and virtual realms. Interaction and industrial design collaborations are put into practice in a graduate-level studio course, in which students are directed by instructors with expertise in both disciplines—all working together in exploratory assignments.