Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and professor based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She makes material art and design works, writes, and lectures on adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, accessible architecture, and related ideas. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at MOMA (NYC), and her writing and design work have appeared in the Boston Globe, The Atlantic Tech, FastCo Design, and on National Public Radio (US), among others. She teaches socially-engaged design practices, adaptive and assistive technology design, and disability studies for engineers-in-training in her role as assistant professor at Olin College. She writes and edits Abler.
This video of my keynote at Eyeo 2015 captures my last ten years of work pretty well. CC available. Version with audio description is here.
Eyeo 2015 – Sara Hendren from Eyeo Festival // INSTINT on Vimeo.
Here’s a portfolio of current work, or read on below.
With Olin College students, I’m launching the Adaptation + Ability Group, a lab for making adaptive and assistive tools with client-collaborators: some for solving problems, if they’re identified as such, and some for asking questions. A technical and social lab, all at once. Posts about that effort are
See also my course that is housed in the lab’s efforts, Investigating Normal.
I’m designing ramps for skateboarders and wheelchair users and generally obsessing about the inclined plane, one of Galileo’s simple machines, over at Slope : Intercept.
I’m a co-founder of the Accessible Icon Project, a guerilla street art campaign that has become a social design project in partnership with Triangle, Inc.
With my colleague, Caitrin Lynch, I’ve been documenting Engineering At Home: an unusual engineering archive that makes an argument for a robust definition of assistive technology.
some things I’ve written:
interviews and profiles:
talks: upcoming and recent:
Wesleyan University, in conversation with Luke Dubois, October 2015
Boston Accessibility Group, September 2015
Biocode, University of Pennsylvania, April 2015
Full CV is here. Portfolio here.
I live with my husband and three children in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In a tiny apartment. Life’s messy. Everything changes. But do please get in touch via the contact page.