Mike Degen is an interaction designer and creative coder who brings his love of design and analysis to his work. He leads the development of the systems and processes that make the magic come to life. His medium is versatile, ranging from 2D screens to sculptural interactive installations.
Mike’s experience includes Random International, a collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art. It was here that he was exposed to the new avenues technology opens for interaction and design. While at Random he gained experience in the design and fabrication of interactive art pieces. His main experience was leading the fabrication of the piece You Fade To Light.
Mike studied at Virginia Tech, where he received training as both an architect and industrial designer. This consideration for all scales of design stays with him in his pursuit of interaction, where he cares greatly for the detailing at every scale.
In 2014, Mike received his Masters in Design Studies Technology from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Here he focused on the interplay of the physical and digital space through classes at the GSD, SEAS, and the MIT Media Lab. In his free time he worked in the Geometry Lab, where he worked on computer visions systems for automatic robotic assembly. His thesis focused on the creation of a software platform for designing behaviors to enrich interactions with everyday objects. This project was awarded the GSD Digital Design Prize and was published in Platform 7.