About yvonnehidle

Yvonne Hidle is a first year MTiD (Master of Tangible Interaction Design) student at Carnegie Mellon University. She has a background in architecture and is interested in the way people interact with the built environment, not only visually, but tactically, acoustically, and emotionally as well. She enjoys creating architectural environments that stimulate the user’s imagination and evoke a broad set of emotions. Yvonne has some Processing and Arduino experience, as well as familiarity with scripting languages such as PHP, CSS, and HTML.

Final Paper

Paper is below (PDF):


We are the Designed.

What if designer babies were the standard? What if it was normal to be genetically modified? What if we were defined by our genes?

Inspired by the talks of Lee Silver and the movie Gattaca, my design fiction seeks to explore this series of ideas.

In this future everyone undergoes IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). A woman seeking to have a child would have hundreds of eggs extracted. These eggs would be fertilized using spouse or donor sperm. The developing embryos would be screened for disease and undesirable traits. The most fit embryos would undergo gene therapy to insert specific, desired characteristics. From these modified embryos, only the healthiest and most fit would be selected for implantation.

For this fiction I created a documentary trailer that highlights a handful of main points (see below). Continue reading

Customize Your Child:: Additional Reads


Genetic engineering vs. genetic selection.
Genetic selection is already used today, especially with parents who are known carriers of fatal hereditary diseases/conditions. Parents with a hereditary condition may screen their embryo to see if their potential child is affected by the condition. If the child is affected, they have the choice to terminate the embryo and start again. The same goes for selecting gender, embryos can be screened to determine the gender of the child. If the embryo is not the desired gender, it can be discarded/donated. If the embryo is acceptable (disease free and/or the correct gender), the embryo is then implanted.

Genetic engineering of human children is further off. We have genetically engineered plants and animals, however. Probably the best known example would be Monsanto corn and the whole GMO issue. Genetic engineering requires the modification/manipulation of the DNA of the embryo. If I remember correctly they have strawberries with the genetic material of fish to prevent the berries from freezing(1). They also have plants that are genetically modified to be immune to herbicides(2)… And there are glow in the dark cats from South Korea(3), the same country where you can also get your pets cloned for a price(4). Continue reading

Customize Your Child

An idea for project 3…
“Mother Nature is a metaphor, and it is a bad metaphor, because in reality inheritance is a game of craps … It won’t have to be that way in the future.” – Lee Silver

What if children were “designed” before conception to meet a specific set of standards and/or possess a series of desired traits set out by the parents.

  • Genetic selection
  • Eugenics
  • Child policies
  • Designer babies
  • “Trait donor”
  • Sell your DNA, your traits, your genetic material
  • “The Perfect Child” Continue reading

Project 2: 3D Printing Food

introducing infomercial-screen1

What if everyday food was created using a 3D printer? I sought to explore this idea after reading about food printers and food CNC machines being produced today. Food printers today create masterpieces out of chocolate, dough, and other foods that can be easily extruded/piped. They exist for hobbyists who want to create complexly decorated cookies and intricate, custom designed cakes. Food CNC machines work in the same way, producing items such as the “perfect burrito” or an M&M cake mosaic. Continue reading