Katie Salen


Katie Salen is the Executive Director of the Gamelab Institute of Play, as well as an Associate Professor in the Design and Technology, Parsons The New School for Design. She is co-author of two books: Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals and The Game Design Reader, as well as the forthcoming volume The Ecology of Games, part of the MacArthur Series on Digital Media and Learning, for which she served as editor. Katie worked as an animator on Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed animated feature Waking Life and recently co-developed Karaoke Ice, an ice-cream truck turned mobile karaoke unit deployed to collect and curate idiosyncratic performances of tinkle-pop songs. She designs big games, slow games, and game-like experiences for audiences of all types and is currently working on a multiplayer online game to teach kids game design. Katie spends much of her time gaming on trains and planes in lieu of single-serving meals.


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