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Design Museum Mentoring

Looking for personalized feedback and career advice? This is the free mentoring event for you!
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Are you a designer looking to share your work and make connections with industry leaders? Join us on Friday, December 10, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 pm ET for our first-ever Design Museum Mentoring event, which will be entirely online. Open to students and new designers Design Museum Mentoring offers participants the opportunity to receive personalized feedback and career advice, and expand their design community.

Design Museum Mentoring will be a two-hour long event, attendees will participate by attending a main-stage presentation and a series of 1-3 mentor breakouts on the following disciplines:

  • Arts & Apparel
  • Community
  • Graphics
  • Objects
  • Media and Technology
  • Spatial
  • Systems & Strategy

To Participate: Please bring a project, a design problem, and/or a portfolio piece you would like assistance with (we’ll ask you to either share your screen or discuss it for 1-3 minutes in small breakouts), and we would love to help you by providing feedback. Open to anyone who identifies as a designer; all attendees will be asked to participate. Free to attend; registration is required.

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Judith Anderson
She/Her/Hers
Judith’s current focus is curriculum development & creating collaborative, cross-discipline opportunities for undergraduate students at Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Teaching at all levels of the Industrial Design program, she employs human-centered design methods to design and draws on her engineering background to communicate meaningful & engaged experience. She is building relationships throughout the arts, engineering, design, business, healthcare, local government & academic communities to broaden student’s exposure to learn & practice their design skills. She began her career at GE as a mechanical design engineer, leading design, manufacturing and testing efforts for turbine components in aircraft engines. This was followed by several years providing design consultancy services in London, UK after receiving her Master’s Degree in Industrial Design Engineering at the RCA. In addition to her current teaching and department lead work at MassArt, she works through a.Concepts to provide design services.

Ashley Dunn
She/Her/Hers
After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, Ashley relocated to the colder climes of Boston to begin her career at Dyer Brown. In her tenure with the firm, she has worked extensively on both client projects and marketing initiatives. As a licensed Architect, Ashley has leveraged her passion for client service and design to complete projects ranging from 4,000 to 400,000 square feet. She also currently teaches at the Boston Architectural College as an adjunct faculty member and is a committee member with the Boston Society of Architects. A native of North Carolina, Ashley is an avid runner, a college football fan (Go Vols!) and a craft beer enthusiast. In her free time, she loves to travel and spends more time on her wardrobe than she would care to admit.

David Lemus
He/Him/His
David believes the world needs more creative leaders so everyone can make experiences that customers love. He is a design strategist who partners with organizations to empower teams to be customer-obsessed to build the right products. In addition to his consultancy practice, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business. David lives in a Tiny House on Wheels which he designed and built himself from the wheels up. Prior to being an independent design strategist, David was in-house at Capital One, where he worked on the Design Thinking and Strategy team which focused on changing the way the enterprise worked by empowering all employees with the tools and mindsets of design thinking. His team scaled practitioner and senior leadership programs throughout the risk-averse organization. Prior to Capital One, David was a senior consultant at Peer Insight, a service design and innovation firm where he led service design projects with Fortune 500 and non-profit clients. David previously led the Design Thinking Meetup community in Portland, OR. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland.

Jessie McGuire
She/Her/Hers
Jessie McGuire is the Managing Director at brand design studio ThoughtMatter, leading a diverse team of artists, writers and strategists to create daring designs and identities for global brands, local communities, art museums and foundations, institutions and non-profits. Jessie has been integral in shaping the purpose and creative vision of ThoughtMatter, spearheading projects and campaigns that reflect the agency’s culture and mission, including a modern redesign of the U.S. Constitution and the recently launched For The People docuseries. She has raised awareness and support for socially progressive causes such as March for Our Lives, Girls Write Now and The Joyful Heart Foundation as well as on community-minded efforts for The New-York Historical Society, Downtown Staten Island and The Center for Arts Education. Jessie holds a BFA in Communications Design and Advertising Art Direction from Pratt Institute and a MPS in Branding from The School of Visual Arts. Before joining ThoughtMatter, she produced and designed projects for billion-dollar brands owned by Kimberly-Clark, P&G and Colgate Palmolive. In addition, Jessie formerly served as the Advocacy Chair on the board of directors of the New York chapter of AIGA, and is a regular speaker at conferences across NYC. When Jessie is not designing, she can be found running in Brooklyn—alone, in a race or after her two kids.

Nedret Konstantino Şahin
She/Her/Hers
Nedret is a designer and strategist who advocates for people. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, she’s been calling Boston home for over the last decade. She’s a graduate of Bentley University, where she fell in love with psychology and information design. Since entering the field, she’s worked on projects for both city and state government, higher education, associations, foundations, healthcare, financial services, B2B and B2C organizations.

Jonelle Simunich
She/Her/Hers
Jonelle is a Senior Strategist + Consultant in Arup’s Global Foresight + Innovation team. She has a formal background in urban planning, practical experience as an architect and a perpetual curiosity for the world. Jonelle believes the key to building a better world is an ability to generate unique experiences that will impact lives through our physical design. In her role at Arup, she delivers projects that amplify positive change to shape our communal built environment. Jonelle is currently exploring sustainable futures as well as Arup’s planetary boundary city initiative (#planetaryboundarycity) both with the aim to design more regenerative environments and outcomes. She aims to help clients and collaborators understand and plan for their daily and communal built futures.

Taylor Swyst
She/Her/Hers
A senior leader in Design Operations, Tracy’s career has networked her with a countless number of design professionals from nearly every discipline. She is a savvy choreographer of resources, stakeholders and team members, balancing competing needs while confidently addressing conflict and keeping people accountable. Tracy brings a working knowledge of the mechanics and operations that fuel the process of graphic design, branding, marketing, industrial design, and user experience design in varying many forms. When faced with a complex business problem, much like a designer she’ll consider all of the variables, aligning and realigning them, iterating the process, until the most effective solution has been arranged. She enjoys the challenge of identifying the core issue, and the nearly audible spark of arriving at the right solution. Clients include AIGA, Boston Society of Architects, DIGMA, IDSA, Filmmaker’s Collaborative, Bose Corporation, Korn Design, Marquis Design, and MITs Sloan School of Management.

J.R. Uretsky
She/They
J.R. Uretsky is an artist, performer, musician, and art curator living in Providence, Rhode Island. J.R. worked as the curator at the New Bedford Art Museum where she exhibited Pete Souza (Chief Official White House Photographer for President Barack Obama) and Academy Award-winning (Black Panther, 2019) costume designer Ruth E. Carter. As an artist, J.R. has performed and exhibited at Art Basel in Miami, Florida, the ICA Boston, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, as well as the Museum of Art and Design in New York. J.R.’s work has been published in print, online, and video journals such as Headmaster Magazine, Gaga Stigmata, Big Red & Shiny, and ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art. J.R. earned degrees from Biola University, the University of Connecticut, and Harvard University.

 

 

Dec 10 • 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Video Webinar

Webinar, Instructions

All times are Eastern Time.

Free to attend; registration required

MENTORS

Judith Anderson

Judith Anderson

Industrial Design Professor
MassArt

Nedret Konstantino Şahin

Nedret Konstantino Şahin

Senior Experience Strategist
Mad*Pow

Ashley Dunn

Ashley Dunn

Associate Principal
Dyer Brown

Jonelle Simunich

Jonelle Simunich

Senior Foresight Strategiest
Arup

David Lemus

David Lemus

Design Strategist

Tracy Swist

Tracy Swist

Design Operation Consultant and
Producer

Jessie McGuire

Jessie McGuire

Managing Director
ThoughtMatter

J.R. Uretsky

J.R. Uretsky

Exhibitions Manager
Design Museum Everywhere

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