Hessam Daraei is a filmmaker and designer. After receiving his BA in industrial design, he came to the Dynamic Media Institute to explore his interests in interactive storytelling. Hessam is trying to affect people's beliefs toward racism and xenophobia by putting the audience in the story. A choice-driven narrative that makes users choose and face the consequences. Eventually, he wants his audience to think deeper about the matters they face in the narrative. His first project, "I’m not the one" was a short film with an interactive narrative he made that gives audience members the opportunity to change the storyline by the choices they make. By engaging in the movie, people will be put in the disturbing situation of being a CIA officer where they will decide a Muslim prisoner's fate. Currently, he is exploring other mediums for his work such as video games and virtual reality.
Abraham Evensen Tena is a Mexican-born artist and educator, as well as a first-year student at the Dynamic Media Institute. He has worked as a game artist and designer for Pearson Education, as well as taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He interests include games, comics, illustration, and art history.
Yiji He is from China and is a thesis student at the Dynamic Media Institute. He is interested in developing dynamic media to re-explain the cultural differences between countries. He worked at advertising companies and Multimedia Studios for five years as a designer in Shanghai. At DMI, he is looking for a common medium to connect people who have different backgrounds.
Wen-Pu Huang is a first-year Dynamic Media Institute student from Taiwan. He is a filmmaker, sound engineer, and designer. He studied filmmaking at Taipei National University of the Arts and then has worked as a commercial film director in Taipei, Taiwan. He is interested in observing the unique stuff that people often overlook and amplifying them using a wide variety of media.
Ryan Kenney is a MFA thesis candidate at the Dynamic Media Institute, a freelance user experience and graphic designer as well as an Adjunct Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She studied advertising at Boston University and has worked in the print, advertising and digital design fields for over ten years. Her thesis work explores engaging people in history through multi-sensory, interactive experiences.
Johnathan McLemore is a first year, part-time student at the Dynamic Media Institute as well as a full time User Experience Designer at MathWorks. He studied Graphic Design at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Fine Art at the University of Cincinnati. He is exploring using interactive comics as a framework for narrative reinforcement of interaction design.
Maryam Yoon is a first year graduate student at the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Maryam is an artist, writer, and poet who combines her knowledge of science and art history to design tools for the future of communication.
Jiayi Xu is from China and is a first-year student at the Dynamic Media Institute. She received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at New York Institute of Technology and Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. As a front-end programmer, she has published an interactive data journalism website for The 2016 Design Census as well as a travel app for an iOS device. She is interested in breaking the boundaries between the virtual and the physical in her graduate work.