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Karen SidemanThis is Pop

Karen Sideman is a creative director at This Is Pop - a casual game developer best known for stylish, transgressive confections made for Adult Swim. She also runs a separate consultancy, working with educational and social issue game makers to conjure more play from their rigorous ideas and more rigour from their playful ones.

She teaches at Parsons the New School for Design and, while Projects Director at the Games For Change Organization, helped found and run PETLab, Parsons’ social issue game prototyping research effort.

In the tech boom years she was Creative Director at Sesame Workshop Online, leading the team that brought you Clickle-Me-Elmo, Oscar’s Trash Collection, and Stickerworld.