Alice Hong is a HCI engineer, designer and maker.
Her work examines the interactive relationship between materials, design, technology and their influence on user experience, human ergonomics, and societal impact.
I graduated from Fiber Science and Apparel Design from Cornell University. I chose to go to Cornell because I love the motto of my college, Human Ecology. It follows what I truly believe in—everything is connected. Just how natural ecosystems work, I believe every subject is related.
Growing up with my dad, who has studied Information Technology, I always had an interest in the intersection of design, media, and technology, and how it can influence the cognitive processes of people. I became also interested in learning about the psychological and behavioral patterns of people. It intrigued me more and more as I learned about not just design, but also the interactions that exist in materials and textiles that form the clothes that we wear.
Constant technological evolution has always garnered attention. Because I love learning new things, new features, and new perspectives, innovation did not frustrate me, but rather excited me, leading to a flurry of ideas.
On the other hand, when I think about garments, I realize there has not been much progression in the fashion industry. Thanks to the introduction of wearable devices, people have become more accepting of tech fashion. However, I have always felt that there is an unbreakable gap between users and technology.
When new things come out, whether it is a product or system, in order for people to employ and adapt to them, they first need an emotional connection. In order to create an emotional connection, the object needs to evoke their senses to create a personal tie between them. Then, that is when the collection of emotions and memories becomes an experience leading people to integrate the new product or system into their lifestyle. As a designer and engineer, I want to use my knowledge in fashion as a connecting tie, like strands of yarn, weaving the gap between the various fields.
2019 - 2021
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
Human Computer Interaction
2014 - 2018
Cornell University, Ithaca
B.S Fiber Science and Apparel Design
2017 - 2017
University of Vic, Barcelona
I am Humec, Featured Student of the Month
Cornell Fashion Industry and Network
Class Nominee for International Textile and Apparel Association
Barbara L. Kuhlman Inc. Fiber Arts and Wearable Scholarship
Dean Lists 2014 - 2015
CO-DESIGN , Jill Stuart Gallery
Fashion Speaks Gala, Fiber Science and Apparel Design Department
Facade of New Year, College of Human Ecology
Cornell Collective Fashion Show