Brenda Laurel

Brenda Laurel is Adjunct Full Professor of Computational Media at UC Santa Cruz and Research Associate of Digital Arts and New Media at UC Santa Cruz. She has worked in interactive media since 1976. She served as founder, professor and chair of the Graduate Program in Design at California College of Arts from 2006 to 2012. She co-founded and chaired the Graduate Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (2002-2006) and was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems Labs (2005-2006). Based on her research in gender and technology at Interval Research (1992-1996), she co-founded Purple Moon in 1996 to create interactive media for girls. Other employers include Atari, Epyx, Activision, and Apple. Her books include The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design (1990), Computers as Theatre (1991), Utopian Entrepreneur (2001), Design Research: Methods and Perspectives (2004), and Computers as Theatre, Second Edition (2014). She earned her BA (1972) from DePauw University and her MFA (1975) and PhD in Theatre (1986) from the Ohio State University. 

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The importance of consequences plots Brenda Laurel’s response to Michael Mateas.

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Brenda Laurel takes a turn at the rules of operation for Interactive Fiction.