Brenda Laurel's work is focused on experience design, interactive storytelling, and the intersection of culture and technology. She is active in the game design community and various organizations that focus on interaction and experience design. She is currently chair of the Graduate Program in Design at CCA.
From 2002-6 she chaired the graduate media design program at Art Center College of Design. She was also a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems Labs from 2005-6. In 1996 she cofounded Purple Moon to create interactive media for girls, and the company was acquired by Mattel in 1999. Her design clients have included Atari, Activision, and Apple. Her latest book is Design Research: Methods and Perspectives, published by MIT Press in 2004.
Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.