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Portrait icon for SVEN

Updated: Jun 14, 2019

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Sven is a tall bald guy who talks too much and tells bad jokes. He listens to loud music. Sometimes he is instructed to turn it down. He grew up in Wisconsin, a big fan of the Green Bay Packers and the UW Madison Badgers. He likes to ride bikes and ski. At the moment he is vegan.

Travis spearheads technology-related projects that lay the groundwork for social networks both locally and worldwide. “Increasingly, art and design are a social enterprise in terms of process and product,” he explains. “Artists and designers need to learn to work with one another to get things done.” In the school’s YACHT CLUB project, students participated in new media workshops with peers at Tsinghua University in China. More recently, Travis led an interdisciplinary group on a design ethnography expedition to Beijing and Hong Kong, where students and faculty brainstormed with the research and development departments of companies such as Nokia and BBH Worldwide.

“It’s not about telling students, ‘Sit down and let us tell you how things are.’ It’s about reversing that role by creating an environment that allows for exchange and collaboration,” says Travis.

“We are really a sort of incubator—it’s not always clear where the next idea is coming from, and it’s not necessarily coming from the professors. It could be coming from students or from interactions in the outside world.”

Sven as a professor has been teaching Parsons for more than 20 years and has significant innovations and accomplishments in academic, creative, design, media, film and television industries.

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