alex.pappas@ac4d.com

Alumni

Alex Pappas

I’m a hungry bike riding doodler, who loves complex problem solving. I’ve lived in the US, Europe, and Asia, and love traveling light and getting lost. I enjoy making new things and talking about them, then making them better. At heart, however, I’m into old things, worn in things, things that have stories that can be told. I like those objects because they’re often attached to people who lead interesting lives, and those are the people I like to surround myself with. I’m also trying to learn the banjo.

I hear this over and over again in my peer group, and with many of my former classmates. So many of them truly want to work on positive things, to create a better world, yet the options are far too few! We have the troops, but we seem to be lacking the leaders – the people and the companies which can lead these masses towards attainable ‘good’ goals. And well, if not us – the ones who wish to help: the educated and the enthusiastic, then who?

I see AC4D as a progressive step towards creating those leaders, and that is something I want to be a part of. I am very interested in collaborating with people from different work and educational backgrounds who see this as an opportunity, not only to learn, but to then be able to branch out and build businesses, resources, and communities that can engage the masses in a positive new way.

I’m here to dream big, and connect with people with whom I can anchor those dreams in reality.

Recent blog posts

HourSchool

HourSchool is a website that lets you post what you want to learn, and it helps you find someone in your network who can teach it. Click on the video below to watch us live draw our way through HourSchool! We’re just starting to get our website up and running… and right now we’d love…

Our first peer-led class, and some.

Our goal: Last weeks goal was to hold our first peer-led class.  In essence, a prototype of the analog portion of our idea.  The place where people meet and share their knowledge.  This will then be book-ended with digital tools to help facilitate the class, aid in the continuation of the class, and encourage students…

After 5 hours of synthesis…

We’ve got some initial design criteria: Must make it easy to start Offer environment for peer support Offer environment to expand network Allow mistakes Inspire opportunities Encourage new interactions Must be fun Repeatable Create intentional lens shift Must have a new brand identity

Data diving, dive bar-ing… and synthesis

Last week Ruby wrote a great post on the progress of our research to date.   This week I’d like to share some thoughts on our process, and the reality of funneling massive amounts of data into usable design criteria. To put it bluntly, the past week has been all about marinating in data.  We’ve meticulously…

Changing the lens (literally)

In class we often talk about the notion of shifting the lens through which you look at the world.  We do this in a number of ways, often (when people are involved) centered around empathy.  I think we have all developed frameworks of sorts to get out of our routines and approach situations from multiple…

IDSE_103 Interaction Design Prototyping roundup

Our first studio class, IDSE_103,  centered around the theme of storytelling.  The first story we had to tell was about ourselves as we were tasked with going all in on the social media scene.  For me this was a big jump as I started off quite ‘unconnected’.  It turned out, however, that being unconnected simply…

'Protecting Education From Attack'live webcast tonight 10.14.10

My former high school, Greenhills,  is hosting a lecture tonight in the “Life of Mind” series on the topic of “Protecting Education From Attack”.  They invited all of the alumni to attend, however, many of us no longer live in Michigan so I asked if they could webcast the lecture.  They set it up and…

The first rule of AC4D is….

#1 – The first rule of AC4D is, you blog about AC4D. #2 – The second rule of AC4D is, you BLOG about AC4D. #3 – If someone says stop, goes limp, taps out, they have almost come up with enough ideas. #4 – Two people to a PI. #5 – One pitch at a…

5 minutes outside the classroom

In  Justin’s studio class this week we spent time working on wireframes for concept mobile applications.  The first bit was spent brainstorming and whiteboarding and post-it-noting with @s0delightful, @chapambrose , and @ryanhubbard on all kids of futuristic apps. We finally narrowed it down a bit and started talking about building a mapping application that prompted…

Meet Your Food.. YAWYE!!

Wire frames and process for Mr. Petro

From flying toasters to apathy… clicktivism today

I read an interesting article this morning about the side effects of clictivism.  It reminded me a bit of Gladwell’s article Small Change – why the revolution will not be tweeted. With the AC4D mantra of THINK : MAKE very much in the forefront of my thoughts, these articles have me wondering who needs to…

AC4D fuel

YAWYE.

YAWYE presentation.  No idea what that means?  Download the deck to get an idea…

Great data vizualization links:

@ahmedriaz sent out a tweet last night with a link to this data visualization documentary:  Journalism in the age of Data .  It’s fantastic and interviews some of the people who are really pushing data visualization techniques to the next level. There are a lot of references throughout the doc to interesting visualization sites and…

The Bod Squad

A friend of mine is working on a project to fight childhood obesity by starting a kids fitness TV program called The Bod Squad. They’re looking for funding through kickstarter and have some hilarious incentives to donate.  I think this is a great example that shows the level you can take an idea with little…

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