Olivia Prior


Ontario College of Art and Design University 
2018 - 2020, Toronto, ON
Master of Design, Digital Futures, 
Received “Best Project” award for thesis research 

University of Victoria 
2011 - 2015, Victoria, BC
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Art


  • Fabrication: E-textiles, sewing, wood, metal, plastic, and mould making 
  •  Digital Fabrication: Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, CNC Milling, Fusion 360, TinkerCad, OpenSCAD 
  •  Adobe: Illustrator, Photoshop, XD, and Premiere Pro 
  •  Creative Coding: Arduino, p5.js, Processing, and Max MSP. 
  • Networking: PubNub, Adafruit.io, XBee Radios, and Arduino BLE Programming: JavaScript, jQuery, C++, Java, Groovy, 


Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design / Instructor, Remote 
September 2020
+ Designing a three week intensive curriculum for students, which involves readings, assignments, class activites, and structured feedback discussions.
+ Instructing ideation, concepts, fabrication techniques, and prototyping considerations for networked tangible user interfaces.
+ Delivering online presenations and facilitating conversations on meaningfulness of smart technology, importance of context in data collecting, and ethics of networks.
+ Leading hands on remote workshops on how to connect and set up networks for Internet of Things objects.
+ Providing students one on one support through all stages of their design process.

Social Body Lab / Research Assistant, Toronto, ON
September 2019 - June 2020

+ Researching e-textile processes to create alternative game controllers.
+ Developing prototypes to share and demonstrate techniques in workshops.
+ Documenting design and crafting practices of e-textile prototypes through video, GIFs, images, illustrator diagrams, and Fritzing diagrams.
+ Assisting in leading and teaching workshop materials in e-textile game controller workshops . 
+ Assembling instructional slides for e-textile workshops that demonstrate materials, ideations process, and examples. 
+ Creating video tutorials that show how to create different input methods with various e-textile materials.

Creation & Computation / Teaching Assistant, Toronto, ON 
April 2020 - June 2020

+ Preparing online materials for the course “Creation & Computation” to aid in the instruction of the incoming Digital Futures Graduate September cohort. 
+ Creating modular Arduino code samples uploaded to GitHub that can be adapted and combined for complex projects. 
+ Writing detailed and comprehensive “Read Me” pages on GitHub for remote students to efficiently follow along with the written code examples

Adaptive Context Environments Lab / Research Assistant, Toronto, ON
November 2018 - August 2019

+ Developed Blockchain smart contracts for information brokerage of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
+ Compiled contemporary and relevant research focusing on smart adaptive cities and environments

University Systems / Front-End Software Developer, Victoria, BC 
Sept 2015 - August 2018

+ Actualizing product wireframes in front-end development using JavaScript, jQuery, HTML5, CSS, and Groovy.
+ Developing the Research Administration Information System (RAIS) for managing information, processes, and workflows associated with research ethics approvals.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Cyberhaze Online Group Exhibition on www.dfthesis.com
    April 2020 - Present 
  • a bench a curb & shrubsSolo exhibition, the fifty fifty arts collective, Victoria BC
    February - March 2018

Recent Projects

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