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About Naomi Lea

Computational Designer

Naomi Lea

Naomi is your go-to person for design solutions that are innovative, engaging, and playful. She has trained through a multi-disciplinary framework where she leverages technologies to enhance experience design in a spatial context. These technologies range from physical computing to extended reality (XR). Most recently, she has been working as a digital specialist at some of the top companies in the AEC industry.

Projects By Naomi Lea

Posts By Naomi Lea

The “Ghost” in the Machine: the Feeling of Presence in a Computer-Mediated Environment

October 30, 2018 |

The feeling of presence (FoP) is a fleeting sensation often associated with neurological disorders or spiritual encounters, and yet its experience among healthy individuals are scarcely researched. Upon constructing a media-rich installation with diverse sensory stimuli, I hope to elicit … Read More

Felt Presence in a Computer-Mediated Environment – work in progress show

July 2, 2018 |

During this term, I have continued to utilise the CNC plotter to explore illusionistic phenomena, as I attempted to simulate uncanny encounters through a computer-mediated environment.

Diverging from the sand drawings from the previous term, I have examined techniques related … Read More

Tangible Music Visualiser

April 23, 2018 |

This above video by Vincent Houze – created for the musical composition of Max Cooper – is one of the most successful examples I have seen visualising music digitally. The organism in the video breathes along the beat and vocal change as if … Read More

Beautiful Machine

March 23, 2018 |

Call On Water, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, 2016

A beautiful machine surprises us. This surprise could originate from the unexpected characters of the material used, and yet, it might also present itself in the form of artificial intelligence. In the past two weeks, … Read More

Chaos Theory for Interaction

March 7, 2018 |

The optical illusion by Feliks Konczakowski that has been making the rounds on social media lately.

Speculating Chaos Theory

The initial idea of the “sand plotter” came out of my fascination with magnets, and I thought a steel ball drawing patterns in sand would … Read More

Machine Gesture Design

February 28, 2018 | | One Comment

Boston Dynamics has just released a new video testing their four-legged robot SpotMini, where one helped another by opening a door. This video immediately went viral and received more than 8 million views over the course of two weeks. It also … Read More

The Psychology of Awe

February 22, 2018 |

The first time seeing Black Flags by William Forsythe, I experienced a sense of wonder and awe that I could not quite explain. It is a familiar feeling, not unlike the times when I saw a brilliant sky, visited a grand … Read More

Machine Theatre

February 14, 2018 |

Seen above is my favourite installation art by roboticist Arthur Ganson.

A chair rests peacefully centre stage. A seemingly cumbersome machine enters. It moves towards the chair, slowly but gracefully, almost floating. The machine swoops ups the chair. It performs a … Read More