Philip van Allen

Graduate Media Design


Phil van Allen is an interaction design consultant, researcher, technologist and educator whose work ranges from the practical to the speculative. He is a core faculty member and Professor in the Media Design Practices MFA program. In his research, Phil is developing animistic design as a new approach to AI that builds productive ecosystems for creative work. He is the creator of NTK (, an open source toolkit that makes designing and building working IoT projects simpler and faster. Phil also writes about interaction design and is a consultant for industry with clients such as Razorfish, Acura, USC, GPJ and yU+co.