We Design: People. Practice. Progress.

June 17, 2019 | | View Comments

Design Museum’s newest initiative, We Design: People. Practice. Progress., launches in Boston in fall 2019!

We Design: People. Practice. Progress. brings together creatives from different backgrounds to examine and celebrate the range of career paths, applications, and impact in design. Spanning generations, geographies, and practices, We Design features career stories about why people do what they do, and how they have forged their unique paths into different creative professions. From graffiti artists and architects to civic designers and research scientists, the exhibition emphasizes the need for more diversity in the design and innovation industries, and highlights the importance of equity and inclusion in terms of generating ideas.


Exhibition Preview

Visitors will experience career stories from these individuals and many more:

Apparel & Graphic Designer, Founder, Staple Design

Liz Ogbu
Urban & Social Impact Designer, Studio O

Street Artist

Phil Freelon
Design Director, Perkins+Will

Taniya Nayak
Founder & Interior Designer, Taniya Nayak Design


Our Process

We Design will feature and celebrate a variety of creative professionals — of differing ages, genders, backgrounds, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities — showcasing their unique career paths within the design industries. In order to showcase a range of experiences, career strategies, processes, and thoughts on diversity in design, our team works firsthand with featured participants; through interviews, site visits, and collecting images and artifacts that bring their work and impact to life.

To develop this exhibition, our team first formed a committee of advisors in the field made up of experts in design, art, education, career development, human resources, among others. This group of advisors helped us form partnerships and invite individuals, organizations, and more to get involved to share their stories.

Special Thanks to our Founding Advisors:

Nalani Genser
Head of People and Employee Experience, Mavrck

Sabrina Dorsainvil
Civic Designer + Program Director, New Urban Mechanics

Diana Vertus
CEO & Founder of Exquisite Design Concepts

Brooke Trivas
Principal, Perkins & Will

Jess Charlap
Marketing Manager, Perkins Eastman

Rachel Murray
Co-CEO, She Geeks Out

Gareth Burrowes
Head of Production & Growth, The Tech Connection

Chris Haigh
Diversity & Inclusion Consultant and Facilitator, True Change Associates

Natasha Hicks
Masters of Urban Planning & Design Studies 2019, Harvard GSD

Alec Resnick
Principal, Powderhouse Studios

Allentza Michel
Principal & Creative Director Powerful Pathways

Trish Fontanilla
Community & Customer Experience Consultant
CEO, BOSFilipinos

Christina Costa
Business Development & Marketing Professional,
Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Women with Purpose, Forefront Cultures

Yulkendy Valdez
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Forefront Cultures

Josuel Plasencia
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Forefront Cultures

Sydney Janey
Creative Director + Principal, Sydney Janey Design
Urban League of Eastern MA

William Watkins
Director of Workforce Development, Urban League of Eastern MA

Nawaz Kamthewala
UX Designer, Verily Google Life Sciences

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