Jenny Odell grew up in the Bay Area and studied at UC Berkeley and The New School in New York. She completed an MFA in Design and Technology at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she was awarded a graduate fellowship and honored as the school's top design graduate of 2010. Much of her work—including her MFA project, Travel by Approximation—explores the (dis-)connection between virtual space and lived experience and involves a particular fascination with Google's mapping technologies. Her prints, books, and videos have been featured on KQED and exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Jenny lives and works as a designer in San Francisco.