Fascinated by how contemporary objects can embody intelligence in their fabrication, functionality, and form, IIT Institute of Design (ID) Studio Professor of Digital Product Design Zach Pino creates parametric digital technologies, sensor-enabled electronics, and novel reactive materials to design objects that exhibit an awareness of their users and environment. He aims to transform the physical world into visualizations, designed objects, and fabrication processes that educate, surprise, mystify, and encourage contemplation.
Zach serves as ID’s lead digital tools instructor and digital project facilitator. His work has been displayed at the Istanbul Design Biennial, Volume Gallery in Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Block Museum of Art. Zach has a master of fine arts degree in designed objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor of arts in linguistics and computer science from the University of Chicago.
Zach was previously an Adjunct Assistant Professor in industrial design at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), teaching parametric modeling and electronics prototyping. Prior to joining UIC, he contributed software, engineering simulations, translations, and design work to the Endangered Languages Project, Blue Origin, NASA, Celestron Telescopes, Pixar Animation Studios, and the US Department of State. In addition to cultivating client partnerships, Zach has also launched multiple self-initiated crowdfunded projects.