Mobile Exhibition Recap

This month, we kicked off Design Museum’s latest initiative, We Design: People. Practice. Progress, with a traveling mobile exhibition.



From August 15th to 22nd, we took to the streets of Boston, stopping downtown on the Greenway, as well as in Roxbury, Mattapan, and Cambridge. The We Design exhibition, previewed in the Mobile Exhibition, celebrates the diverse range of design careers and highlights the ways in which these people are making an impact in their respective industries.

Elyse Ayoung, who is featured in We Design, visited and said, “The mobile exhibition of We Design is so progressive in the sense that it brings the content and interaction to you – reaching the parts of the city that are often left out so that their voices are captured, nurtured and the curious minds are opened to the world of design. Visibility is so important and this exhibit holds true to that notion; not only celebrating and showcasing the diverse voices in design but turning a fresh page for others to possibly start shaping their own story.”

Along with this celebration of design comes a call for diversity and inclusion in the design industry. To help us spread this message, we had the help of some great partners who showcased their design work and shared their experiences with exhibition-goers – Perkins and Will, the Roxbury Innovation Center, #MattapanLove, Gensler, CultureHouse, and eNable Lowell. Throughout the tour, passers-by engaged with interactive message boards, 3D printers, virtual reality, and challenged themselves to think differently about what it means to be a designer.

It took a dedicated team of designers, volunteers, and partners to bring you these amazing interactive exhibits, and the most rewarding part of the exhibition was getting to meet everyone who stopped by. Having the opportunity to talk with you about the design industry and hear about what design means to you is one of the main reasons why We Design was created.

“The Mobile Exhibition offered us a unique opportunity to meet people where they are, have meaningful conversations with them, and hear about how design impacts their lives,” said Catalina Rojo Ianetta, Community Manager of Design Museum Boston.


Stay tuned for more details about We Design: People. Practice. Progress. when it launches at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, Roxbury, in October.