Amit Zoran

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Most Recent Affiliation:

  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Selim and Rachel Benin School of Engineering and Computer Science, Senior Lecturer

Past Affiliation(s):

  • MIT Media Lab


  • Jerusalem, Israel



  • Amit is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Computer Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he runs the Hybrid Design Lab. In his research, he studies human-computer interaction, design, craft, and cooking, exploring the divergent realms of emerging computational design technologies and traditional hand-hewn skills. Amit has a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, an M.Des. in product design from Bezalel, and a B.Sc. in Communication System Engineering from Ben-Gurion University, Israel.


Writings and Presentations:

  • Title: Hybrid Basketry: Interweaving Digital Practice Within Contemporary Craft
    Writing Type: Paper
    Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 2013: XYZN: Scale
    Abstract Summary:

    Contemporary 3D printing and traditional craft rarely meet in the same creation. They tend to live in different worlds. In this paper, the author argues for merging these two distinct traditions. To that end, he developed hybrid basketry, a medium where 3D-printed structures are shaped to allow the growth and development of hand-woven patterns. While the 3D-printed plastic elements contribute the aesthetics of the digital curvatures and manifolds, the hand-woven reed, jute, and canvas fibers infuse the baskets with a unique organic appeal. The author discusses his motivation, describes the making process, and presents four hybrid baskets, integrating a deeper discussion on the place of craft and tradition within our contemporary approach to design and fabrication.