Alysha Naples

Alysha Naples
Senior Director of User Interaction
Magic Leap

As a young girl, Alysha Naples wanted to be an astronaut, a dinosaur or a Solid Gold dancer. Instead, she studied graphic design, moved to San Francisco (Method, Blurb and HP Labs) and became obsessed with interaction and experience. Naples is passionate about efficiency and problem solving, both as an industry professional and as a design educator (Yale University, California College of the Arts and University of Washington). She is currently Magic Leap’s senior director of user interaction, a position in which she feels a lot like she’s going back to kindergarten and getting a PhD at the same time. Naples holds a master’s degree in graphic design from Yale University.

When Worlds Collide: Physical and Virtual Connections

Once upon a time, interaction was three-dimensional and physical— think knobs, buttons and dials. It was primarily the industrial designer in control. In the last decade or so, we've been putting touchscreens on nearly everything, digitizing interactions and relegating them to two-dimensional screen space and the purview of interaction and graphic designers.

Alysha Naples says now, we are about to undergo another paradigm shift in computing and will need to shift expectations around design, materiality and experience. Breaking away from screen-based interaction paradigms is not going to be easy—as Naples knows firsthand—but it will be an opportunity for designers of different disciplines to collaborate in a new and immersive space.