Robby Kraft

Brooklyn, NY 11221
robbykraft@gmail.com
http://robbykraft.com

I'm a software engineer, origami artist, and coding instructor at Parsons School of Design, NYU, and the School for Poetic Computation in New York City.

I make creative and accessible software and digital tools. My origami artwork has an audience of over 50,000 followers on Instagram; I've been invited to speak about art and software; build media art installations for Frieze and Venice Biennale; and my work at the School for Poetic Computation appeared in publications including Forbes, The Daily Beast, and Gizmodo.

Professional Experience

Jan. 2017-present

Lecturer

, Parsons School of Design at The New School and ITP at New York University

2016-present

Lecturer, TA, Steering Committee

, School for Poetic Computation, New York City

Non-degree track courses: Creative Coding Bootcamp (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), Garden Mathematics, Yamaguchi Japan (2019), Code Paper Scissors (2019), Material Logic (2018), Recreating the Past (TA) (2017)

2018

Rabbit Ear

2014-present

Software Development

, freelance

Two major categories: traditional development (iOS, web), and creative technology (C++, OpenGL/GLSL, Augmented Reality, hardware/Arduino, Processing/OpenFrameworks)

Open-source libraries created:

360° spherical panorama view, geodesic spheres, Oculus Rift for Mac, iOS motion joystick, stargazing orientation, OpenGL micro graphics engine, motion capture, motion on embedded systems, platonic solids

2016

iOS Developer

, Interval Studios, New York City

May 2013-June 2014

Mixed Reality & iOS Engineer

, Chroma Games, Portland, Oregon

2014

Simulator Tech, Software & Origami Engineer

, Pacific Space Flight

2013

Geodesic Consultant

, Effalo, Portland, Oregon

2009-2013

Viola, Violin, and Piano Instructor

, Portland, Oregon

Education

2015

School For Poetic Computation

, New York City, NY
2012

University of North Texas

, Denton, TX
B.A. in Philosophy

Publications

2018

Orthogonal Voronoi Molecules

, Origami 7, volume 2. Edited by Robert J. Lang, Mark Bolitho, Zhong You. Tarquin Publishing. 2018. Tarquin store

Press

2016

BBC News "Paper + mathematics = awesome origami"

DesignWrld "Origami Sculptures by Robby Kraft"

Scene 360 "Origami and mathematics go hand and hand: the paper sculptures of Robby Kraft"

Fubiz "Amazing Paper Sculptures by Robby Kraft"

2015

The Creator's Project "Student-Robot Conferences at The School for Poetic Computation"

Daily Beast "This creepy face perfectly explains the uncanny valley"

The Daily Mail "The face that is everywhere: Creepy image combines thousands of photos of inanimate objects that look like people"

The Daily Dot "Average of #FacesInThings yields a very spooky image"

Forbes "Averaging Inanimate Objects Can Produce Human Faces"

Gizmodo "This Face Is the Average of Inanimate Objects That Look Like Faces"

Bad Astronomy "The Face in the Machine"

Engadget "Watch a human face emerge from a bunch of overlain, inanimate objects"

The Mary Sue "The Fittingly Creepy Face We See in Normal Objects Revealed by Computer Algorithm"

Instagram Feature "Data structures, crease patterns and computational poetry"

Killscreen "Honeysuckle lets you explore the feminine side of nostalgic Videogames"

2014

The Atlantic "The Constellations Won't Always Look This Way"

2011

Portland Art "Glitches, Ghosts, and Other Slippery Slopes"

Exhibitions, Installations

2016-2017

Origami Universe

, Chi Mei Museum, Taiwan

2016-2017

Geometries

, Visual Voice Gallery, Montreal Canada

2016

Facing Geometry

, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2015

Target Wonderland

, Chelsea, New York City

2011

Laser Trip

, Gallery Homeland, Portland, Oregon

Residencies & Awards

Aug. 2019

Tanteidan Convention Special Guest

, Japan Origami Academic Society, Tokyo, Japan

Sept. 2016

Artist in Residence

, Juegos Rancheros, Austin, Texas

March 2015

Artist in Residence

, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, Texas

Talks

Nov 9, 2019

Origami Software

, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Sept 5, 2018

Orthogonal Voronoi Molecules

, 7OSME, Oxford, England

Jan 2018

Origami JS

, Brooklyn JS, Brooklyn, New York

Sept 2017

Origami Software from Scratch

, Strange Loop, St. Louis, Missouri

on YouTube

May 2015

Tour of Origami

, Nerd Nite, Austin, Texas

2013

Parametric Origami Furniture

, Research Club, Portland, Oregon