speculating alternative realities

alterR. is a multi-disciplinary research-based design studio working on the intersection of art, design and technology. 

We speculate possible futures to address unseen challenges and uncover opportunities through designed artifacts, scenario-building, and immersive experiences.

We are based in San Francisco & New York. Feel free to reach out and ︎ SAY HI as we are always exciting for collaborations and commissions 🙌🏻

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Shihan Zhang
Art Director
Shihan Zhang is an award-winning Design Futurist whose passion lies in challenging cultural stereotypes and social preconceptions through building experiences of future-present intersections. Her works are expanding technologies’ possibilities and extrapolating world conditions to forecast plausible futures and address Anthropocene challenges. Her projects have been humbly recognized by Fast Company World Changing Ideas Awards, International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), Core77 Design Awards, etc. She also gave talks and exhibited works worldwide in Dutch Design Week, Toronto Design Festival, Foodinno Conference, Chengdu Design Week, and etc.

She is the co-founder of alterR.studio, the Exhibition Chair of PRIMER Conferences, the Design Director of SF Design Week Award Exhibitions, and currently an artist incubator in Gray Area Art and Technology.

Qinqin Yang
Creative Director
Qinqin Yang is an interdisciplinary designer and artist with mixed background in interaction design, speculative design and creative technology. Most of her work are research-based, in between reality and fiction. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Parsons the New School of Design and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with minor in Art History from University of California - Los Angeles. She holds three individual patents for innovative designs and her work have been exhibited at Immersive Storytelling Symposium, Platforme Gallery, IFTF, PRIMER and Gray Area etc.

As the co-founder of alterR.studio, she takes design as a method to question the cultural, social and ethical implications of emerging technologies in order to envision the future and reflect on impact at system-level.

Yangyifan Dong is a graphic designer and researcher who is passionate about transmedia typography and philosophy. She is interested in creating discursive design exploring speculative future, urban landscape, human and machine, nature and culture. Her recent projects focus on the role design plays in studying her own existence.
Ke Ding is a mixed reality designer and researcher that specializes in human interfaces and interactions. He studied Psychology and received his BA from the University of Connecticut and later on graduated from Parsons the New School with a MFA in Design and Technology. Ke studied and reflected intensively on Mixed Reality as a new medium, intending to tame it for the application in the real world. As a researcher, Ke is one of the early founding members of the Mixed Reality Collaboratory at Cornell University, experimenting with innovative interactions and teaching a course about VR & AR for CS students. As a designer, he works with various clients in the past few years, including Google and IKEA.
Bo Fone is a film director and has worked in the field of interactivity design and virtual environments for the past three years, with a specific focus in film and moving images. He is passionate about contemporary scientific discoveries in the fields of physics and astronomy, and his work aims to step beyond the ordinary scope of art and virtual experience. His creativity aspires to expand and innovate compelling live-storytelling for the Mixed Reality generation.