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Summer 2017

MASD'18 Hits the Ground Running! 

We're excited to introduce the amazing new MA in Social Design (MASD) 2018 cohort! The class comes from five countries, including Bolivia, China, India, Korea, and from across the USA, and from a variety of backgrounds: anthropology, architecture, communications, comparative politics, english, global studies, graphic design, marketing, etc. We can't wait to see them in action! Welcome MASD 2018!
Becky Slogeris promoted to Associate Director

We're so excited and proud to announce that Becky Slogeris (MASD'12) has been promoted to Associate Director of the Center for Social Design. Becky has been a core part of the CSD team since completing her post-graduate social design fellowship in 2013. She is the Faculty Lead for our Practice-Based Studio classes and has also taken on a leadership role in many other projects and initiatives of CSD, particularly those focused on engaging young people through design to address public health and education disparities. Congratulations, Becky!
Smile Indias joins Center for Social Design team

We're psyched to also welcome the amazing Smile Indias (MASD'17) as a new Associate in the Center for Social Design. Thanks to generous support from the T. Rowe Price Foundation, Smile will spend a post-graduate year working on a variety of projects, including on advancing her thesis work with the Baltimore City Police Department towards an inclusive implementation of the City of Baltimore Consent Decree, and on working with the Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network (B/CAN). Welcome, Smile!     
 
Denise Brown awarded post-graduate fellowships

Denise Brown (MASD'17) has been awarded a fellowship through the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and will continue her work out of the Center for Social Design to cultivate a compassionate culture that supports the mental wellbeing of Black women in Baltimore. Denise also received a part-time fellowship with The Institute for Integrative Health that supports young visionaries whose innovative work promotes integrative approaches to health. 
Second year win in Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

For a second year in a row, a Center for Social Design team was selected as one of the Open Category winners of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, culled from nearly 100 entries from 28 countries. Hosted by the Biomimicry Institute in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, the annual global competition focuses on developing nature-inspired innovations that combat climate change. Through an independent study with Co-Director Lee Davis, the team of three MASD'17 students - Naeeme Mohammadi, Rachel Serra, and Mimi Yang - developed "Cool Down B'More," a network that connects low-income communities in Baltimore to designated cool spaces via an affordable transportation system. You can see their entry video with further explanation here.
 
CSD team selected for Clinton Global Initiative University 
 
The Center for Social Design is honored to be selected for the fifth year in a row to join the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Network. MICA was the first design school to be invited into the network in 2013. A record number of MASD students has been selected through a competitive global application process to participate in the forthcoming annual CGI U gathering, October 13-15, at Northeastern University in Boston, including: Maria Isabel Garcia Diaz, Rachel Serra, Smile Indias (all MASD'17), and Valeria Fuentes (MASD'18). The CGI U Network is a consortium of colleges and universities started in 2007 by President Bill Clinton to engage and support the next generation of leaders.    
 
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) Human-Centered Design Bootcamp
 
A team from the Center for Social Design led by Associate Director Becky Slogeris, alumni Esther Kang (MASD'16) and Kehinde Bademosi (MASD'15), and with five MASD'17 co-facilitators including Denise Brown, Maria Isabel Garcia Diaz, Smile Indias, Devika Menon, and Molly Reddy, designed and facilitated a two-day Human-Centered Design (HCD) Bootcamp with over 200 international staff of the Johns Hopkins CCP on June 12-13. The interactive bootcamp introduced CCP participants to the basic key concepts, process and terminology of HCD and helped them to explore how HCD might be integrated into their ongoing public health work around the world.    
 
CSD at CENTRO in Mexico City
 
MASD Faculty Lead Thomas Gardner and Molly Reddy (MASD'17) co-designed and conducted an Introduction to Social Design workshop at CENTRO in Mexico City, June 19-24. Molly and Thomas worked with Paulina Cornejo, Head of the CENTRO Social Design Hub, and a diverse group of design students, to explore themes of connection - to neighbors, to public space, and to CENTRO's status, role and relationship to its own community in the surrounding neighborhood of Colonia America - through a hands-on learning experience modeling the phases of a human-centered design process. 
MASD Faculty Thomas Gardner in Hangzhou, China
 
This summer, MASD Faculty Lead Thomas Gardner taught a design + build workshop "Design + Build WORK / SHOP / LAB Action, Event and Ascension" in Hangzhou, China. Hosted by the Hangzhou Art & Design Collaborative, July 24-August 26, the month-long course involved the design and construction of an art and design book, tool library and reading room. View a video interview with Thomas and photos from the summer school here
Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education for Social Impact
 
CSD Directors Mike Weikert and Lee Davis participated in the eighth annual Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education for Social Impact in Chicago, August 6-8. The Symposium was launched by the Winterhouse Institute in 2010 to encourage exchange among leading educators working at the intersection of design and social impact. The Symposium included educators from 20 colleges and universities across the country and was hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Design. 
From Baltimore to Brazil
 
Center Co-Director Lee Davis spent two weeks in Brazil, May 15-28, meeting with social design practitioners and educators to explore collaboration and partnerships. Lee presented the work of the Center for Social Design to faculty and students of the Laboratório de Design e Antropologia (LaDa) at the Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial (ESDI) in Rio de Janeiro, the oldest school of design in Latin America; presented and critiqued student work at the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM) Design School in Manaus; and presented to local designers and social innovators at the Impact Hub Manaus
The Art of Good Ideas
Practice-Based Studios News

Fall Practice-Based Studios are underway!
Faculty Lead Becky Slogeris has kicked off two fall Practice-Based Studio (PBS) projects for the fall:


PBS 1 - HealthiAir 
In collaboration with Baltimore City Health Department Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program, Douglass Homes, and other community partners, students will research barriers to creating smoke free public housing and develop design prototypes with the ultimate goal of engaging residents at Douglass Homes in creating smoke free units.

PBS 2 - HIV Stigma + Trust
In collaboration with Baltimore City Health Department Bureau of HIV/STD Services and other community partners, students will research HIV stigma and provider mistrust in Baltimore and develop and design prototypes with the ultimate goal of building respect and accountability into the sexual health care experiences of patients.

 

B'More Read More Recognition
Congratulations to the team led by Becky Slogeris who worked on the PBS project in Fall 2014, with our partners at Baltimore Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, who were recognized as a finalist at #GLRweek for excellence in communications for the daily reading brochure/magnet and video about summer reading. The team included Cary Euwer, Emily Ianacone, Cally Cox Markovsky, Meltem Sahin, Jen Sullivan, Li Zhang, Missan Madani, and Matt Sullivan.

 

The Art of Good Ideas
Our PBS collaboration with Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB) was featured in the article "The Art of Good Ideas," including a quote with Diamond James (MASD'16) in the Arts + Mind edition of ChildArt Magazine, the official journal of the International Child Art Foundation in Washington, DC. The issue celebrates exemplary examples of programs in health, wellbeing, and learning. 
Grad Orientation Redesign
News & Updates
Amanda Allen (MASD'13)
MASD Alumni Profile 

Amanda Allen (MASD'13) is currently Chief Design Officer at emocha Mobile Health Inc., an award-winning mobile startup that is redesigning the way patients take their medication. emocha works with payers, providers, and health departments to reduce costs and support patients with conditions such as tuberculosis, hepatitis C, and opioid use disorder. Amanda leads UI/UX and visual communication for emocha, collaborating with a team of designers and developers to use human-centered design methods to conduct participatory research with clinicians, healthcare workers, patients and other end users, and to integrate this feedback into the design of the emocha platform. Amanda joined emocha in 2015 which has also led to other MASD alumni like Vincent Purcell (MASD'14) joining the team from 2015-17 as a Front End Developer and UI/UX Designer; and Irina Wong (MASD'17) joining in 2016-17 as a UI/UX Design Fellow for her graduate mini-fellowship.

Amanda came to MASD with an undergraduate degree from Baylor University Hankamer School of Business where she studied business, journalism, and graphic design. For her MASD thesis she explored the intersection of social enterprise, design and innovation in Baltimore. Upon graduation from MICA, Amanda joined the Baltimore team of the global design firm Gensler as a Social Impact Design Specialist, focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship, masterplanning and social impact projects, providing visual communication, design research, branding and strategy support.

She co-founded the SocEnt Hustle in Baltimore to gather and connect local social entrepreneurs, offered design strategy and creative direction for Baltimore Social Enterprise's SocEnt Breakfasts and for the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab (SIL). She currently serves as a member of the SIL Advisory Board. 

Read a recent feature interview with Amanda in the latest Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures newsletter.
Articles & Publications

The newly-released Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design includes contributions by Founding Director Mike Weikert and a chapter "Empowering Citizens through Design" by Diamond James (MASD'16). 

Matt Barr and Devika Menon (MASD'17) co-authored "Designing for Dinner: Human-Centered Design in Baltimore's Food Environment" reflecting on their graduate mini-fellowships with the Social Innovation Lab.

Emily Ianacone (MASD'15) co-authored "Co-Designing a Healthy Future with Foster Youth and Families" sharing her work as a Presidential Innovation Fellow to improve outcomes for youth and families in the foster care system.


The Center for Social Design was featured in the article "Design Education's Big Gap: Understanding the Role of Power," by George Aye of Greater Good Studio, on the importance of understanding power and privilege as designers.

An interview with Co-Director Lee Davis, "Design with a Mission," appeared in the September issue of ModestoView regarding his efforts to found the Modesto Design Collective (MO.DE).

Upcoming Events

Better World by Design (BWxD)
September 22-24, 2017
RISD & Brown University
Providence, RI

 
The MASD'18 student cohort will travel to Providence to participate in BWxD 2017. Center Associate Director Becky Slogeris will moderate a panel "Shifting Relationships through Design: Public Health & Public Safety" featuring two partnerships that MASD alumni have forged with the Baltimore City Health Department and the Baltimore Police Department to confront injustices in Baltimore. Panelists will include CSD Associate Smile Indias (MASD'17), Kehinde Bademosi (MASD'15), Social Innovation Specialist, Baltimore City Health Department.

http://betterworldxdesign.com

Healthy Teen Network 38th Annual National Conference
October 2-4
Baltimore, MD
 
CSD Associate Director Becky Slogeris and Suzanne Grieb, Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Center for Child and Community Health Research (CCHR), will present a session and poster titled "Stay Sexy, Stay Health, Get Checked: Using Design to Remove Barriers to STI Testing." The presentation showcases work from the CARS (Community Approaches to Reducing STIs) project, a three-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with CCHR and the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD).

http://conference.healthyteennetwork.org 

 

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U)
October 13-15
Northeastern University
Boston, MA
 
CSD Associate Director Becky Slogeris will attend the forthcoming annual CGI U gathering in October at Northeastern University in Boston with Maria Isabel Garcia Diaz, Rachel Serra, Smile Indias (all MASD'17) and Valeria Fuentes (MASD'18).

www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global-initiative/meetings/cgi-university/2017

The Design School at ASU, Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts
November 1
Arizona State University (ASU)
Tempe, AZ
 
Co-Director Lee Davis will present in the "Principles of Design Collaboration" graduate class and meet with design faculty at The Design School at ASU to explore the changing landscape for social design education.

https://design.asu.edu

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