Eli Sidman

What sparks our curiosity and what makes it fade?

Where in our lives do we go from asking “why?” to saying things like “I’m just not good at that,” or “my brain doesn’t work that way”? Following a path from physics to science education to object design, Eli believes that to learn something new we must start by being curious. His work explores how the experience of designing – actively uncovering opportunities and iteratively reimagining new possibilities – can be an incredible opportunity to stoke curiosity in everyone from kids to adults. He is currently working with Ei to create design experiences that fuel curiosity for a new generation of high school students and educators.

Eli has previously worked with MIT, NASA, Samsung, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where he currently serves as adjunct faculty. Eli received a B.A. in Physics and Visual Art from Bowdoin College and a Master of Design in Designed Objects from SAIC.