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Home » » Finalist: Lisa Strausfeld
Sugar user interface for One Laptop per Child, 2007. Artist: Lisa Strausfeld. Designed with Christian Marc Schmidt, Takaaki Okada, Eben Eliason, Walter Bender, Marco Pesenti Gritti, Christopher Blizzard. Courtesy of One Laptop per Child.


The three main criteria for the jury are excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. What do you think?

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  1. The amazing thing about Ms. Strausfeld’s work is that it seems “so obvious”, until you realize that each piece was the first of its kind. I especially admire the interface for the MIT laptop — it’s so hard to re-think something we all take for granted (the “desktop” metaphor), and create something that is fresh without being cute, and useful without feeling contrived. Her online visual search metaphors are similarly innovative, and will no doubt become the foundation for online search in years to come.

    — Tom Melcher · May 3, 11:18 PM

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Lisa Strausfeld

Lisa Strausfeld’s design and technology education began at Brown University, where she studied art history and computer science. She received master’s degrees in architecture at Harvard University and in media arts and sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT she served as a research assistant in the Visible Language Workshop of the Media Lab, where she researched and developed new models for displaying and interacting with complex information. Lisa joined Pentagram as a partner in 2002. Her work lies at the intersection of physical and virtual space: where information structures and physical structures meet, and where navigation of information and navigation of buildings is joined in a single experience. Her team specializes in digital information design projects that range from software prototypes and websites to interpretive displays and large-scale media installations. In addition to broad publication of her design work over the last ten years, Lisa holds two patents relating to user interfaces and intelligent information search and retrieval. She teaches interactive and site-specific design in the Graphic Design program at the Yale School of Art.