Niki Selken

Creative Development Lead

 Niki Selken is a designer, educator and technologist living in San Francisco. Her work focuses around  storytelling, instillation and interaction design. Niki had taught design and creative coding at Parsons School of Design, St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, and University of San Francisco. Before landing in New York to attend Parsons School of Design, Niki lived in San Francisco where she ran an experimental theater company, Ko Labs, and a technology consultancy, Big Treehouse. During her time at Parsons, she was awarded design fellowships with Ms. Foundation for Women and PETlab as well as Girls Write Now.  In 2013 she founded the World Translation Foundation with Cara Rose DeFabio as a way to promote, explore, and translate the written word into the pictorial alphabet of Emoji. Her latest Emoji project, The Emoji Dictionary, debuted in New York City at The Proof is in the Processor art show and was featured at Currents New Media Art Festival 2015in Santa Fe.  In 2014 she won New York NASA Space Apps  and placed as a global finalist for wearable tech project, Senti8. Her game, Find Maria Rivera was exhibited and selected as an Award Finalist at Indiecade 2015.  Currently she is a Parsons E-Lab fellow for her as work with the interactive storytelling platform, Wayscape. Niki’s design and Emoji work has been featured by Yahoo TechAdafruit, and Make Magazine among others.