TDC Annual Awards 2001,Interactive Design Prize : Nikita Pashenkov
2001 Award Winners

Interactive Design Work

Alphabot is a robot that is capable of communicating with humans by changing its shape to form characters of the English alphabet. Several alphabots playfully arranged in a virtual landscape can spell out entire words as you type them on the computer keyboard. As a result, an infinitely variable and dynamic typographic system is formed using malleable three-dimensional characters that can be individually controlled or programmed to follow a desired set of behaviors.

Nikita Pashenkov

Born in Soviet Union in 1975. Since 1991 he has resided in New York City, US. Graduated with Honors from School of Architecture at Princeton University in 1998. Since then he has worked as a designer and site developer at methodfive and then PlumbDesign, both large web development companies in New York. In the fall of 2000 he joined the Aesthetics & Computation Group at the MIT Media Laboratory. Working under the guidance of John Maeda, his research focused on projects that emphasized the virtues of minimal and intuitive modes of form-making and interaction in the virtual domain.