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January/February 2018
HealthiAir launches at City Hall

HealthiAir, a pop up event created by the Center for Social Design, Baltimore City Health Department, Johns Hopkins, and other community partners, was officially launched at Baltimore's City Hall on January 10th. Social Design Fellows Denise Brown and Smile Indias participated in the HealthiAir Press Launch alongside Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. HealthiAir supports families in identifying practical ways to create smoke-free comfort zones in their home and connect to the resources they need. The concept evolved out of a Fall 2017 Practice-based Studio, facilitated by Associate Director Becky Slogeris.

View the HealthiAir press release here and a short promo video here.     
HealthiAir featured in SRNT Session

HealthiAir will also be featured at the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) 24th Annual Meeting in Baltimore in February. SRNT is a global professional association dedicated to the support of researchers, academics, treatment professionals, government employees, and others working in the field of nicotine and tobacco research. Michelle Eakin, Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, will present on "Using Community-Academic Partnerships and Social Design to Develop and Implement a Smoke Free Home Intervention" during the SRNT poster session on February 23rd. 
MASD'18 Present Thesis Topics

On December 11 and 14, the MA in Social Design (MASD) 2018 students presented their chosen thesis areas of interest and problem definitions to an audience of peers, faculty and invited guests for feedback. The MASD students are currently completing their Institutional Review Board (IRB) proposals and will be fully immersed in a human-centered design process to explore their thesis topics throughout the spring.

Mark your calendars for the Social Design Exchange 2018, Monday, April 23, from 6-8:30pm in MICA's BBOX, where each MASD'18 student will share the lessons and results of their thesis process and interventions.      

CSD selected for Clinton Global Initiative University Network

The Center for Social Design (CSD) is honored to be selected for the sixth year in a row to join the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Network. CGI U was started in 2007 by President Bill Clinton to engage the next generation of leaders to address pressing challenges on campus and around the world. The CGI U Network is a consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to student innovators.

MICA was the first design school to be invited into the network in 2013. MASD students have been selected through a highly competitive global application process to participate in the annual CGI U gathering every year since. We were delighted to see that on January 8th on Twitter, Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, liked the Medium article "12 Things We Learned at CGI U," written by Valeria Fuentes (MASD'18) and Maria Isabel Garcia Diaz, Smile Indias and Rachel Serra (MASD'17), reflecting on their attendance of the CGI U 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston.     

Branding for Social Impact kicks off in Baltimore and Budapest

The Center for Social Design is expanding its nearly five-year collaboration with the EcoLab at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design (MOME) in Budapest, Hungary. A joint MICA and MOME team co-led by Center Co-Director Lee Davis and EcoLab Program Director Bori Feher is undertaking a year-long research and design process with the Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU) to redesign TMU's brand strategy to better articulate its purpose, mission and impact. TMU awards grants to support direct exchange between arts and environment professionals from the United States and their peers in 30 countries.

As a part of the project, CSD and EcoLab are offering a unique trans-Atlantic class engaging a team of 20 social design and graphic design students from both institutions. The "Branding for Social Impact" course is taking place this spring simultaneously in Baltimore and Budapest, facilitated by Brockett Horne and Balazs Vargha, Chairs of the graphic design departments at MICA and MOME, respectively.   
CSD hosts Mayor's Office of Innovation Workshop 

On January 5th, the Center for Social Design was host to a group of 17 Baltimore City Police Sergeants and Lieutenants from across police districts in Baltimore. The session was organized by the City of Baltimore Mayor's Office of Innovation and co-facilitated by Emily Ianacone (MASD'15) who joined the innovation team in November as the Design Strategist. The workshop focused on generating ideas for the i-team's larger initiative focused on supporting the Baltimore Policy Department (BPD) to improve its recruitment and hiring.   
Hot Off the Press: Essential Secrets of Baltimore Moms

In collaboration with Baltimore City Health Department's Bureau of HIV and STIs, the Center for Social Design developed and designed "Essential Secrets of Baltimore Moms" as part of our work to support moms living with HIV in Baltimore. Together with a core group of moms, the team identified tried and true resources for moms around Baltimore and designed booklets to help them share insider knowledge with their peers.

Essential Secrets was designed by Rachel Serra (MASD'17) with illustrations by Emily Joynton. Special thanks to: B'More for Health Babies Upton-Druid Heights, Shasha Satchell CLC, Celestine Tolliver, Stacey Stephens LCSW-C, the PSEP Coalition, Yvonne Kingon, Jen Kirschner, Sashay Duckett, Melanie Matthews Bates, Cierra Foxx, Kayla Ingram, Caitlin Weber, and the Center for Social Design Fall 2016 Practice-based Studio team!

Check out Essential Secrets online here.   
Practice-Based Studio Updates: HealthiAir Community Action Pack

Last semester students in one of the Center's Practice-based Studios explored the barriers to creating smoke-free public housing in collaboration with Baltimore City Health Department and Douglass Homes.

Together with residents, community leaders, and public health professionals, the team expanded the HealthiAir pop up event by creating a prototype for a HealthiAir Community Action Pack. The goal of of the Action Pack is to provide a tool that will support communities in creating their own action plan for going smoke-free.

This spring, Steffanie Espat, Hannah Shaw (both MASD '18), Associate Smile Indias and Associate Director Becky Slogeris will continue the collaboration to further develop the prototype, test with different public housing sites across Baltimore, and finalize the tool for widespread use.

Stay tuned for more updates!
Elise Roy '12 at Cooper Hewitt 
News & Updates
  • Maria Isabel Garcia Diaz (MASD'17) was selected to participate in the International Development Design Summit (IDDS) "Construyendo Paz, Reconciliación desde la Co-Creación," organized by the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), January 20-February 4 in Las Colinas, Guaviare, Colombia.
  • Molly Reddy (MASD'17) facilitated a curriculum day in the Center for Social Design on December 2nd for YouthWorks to co-design a professional skills curriculum for YouthWorks supervisors.
  • Rachel Serra (MASD'17) and Diamond James (MASD'16) are collaborating together with the Baltimore Office of Sustainability on the writing/editing and design of a new city-wide Sustainability Plan.
  • Irina Wong (MASD'17) joined Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC as a Senior Human Factors Scientist. 
  • Diamond James (MASD'16) has moved to New York to start her new role at the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) as an Urban Investigations Teaching Artist
  • Caitlin Weber (MASD'16) is leading an expanded design team as Principal Designer at Ad Hoc LLC.
  • Eva Fury (MASD'15) was promoted to Health Promotions Specialist at STAR TRACK.
  • Jonathan Erwin (MASD'13) started a new position as Director of Operations for Zest Tea in Baltimore.
  • Elise Roy (MASD'12) is a speaker at the Cooper Hewitt Lab: Design Access event on February 8 at Cooper Hewitt in New York City, a day-long symposium exploring the design opportunities of building a more inclusive, accessible city.
  • MASD Faculty Lead Thomas Gardner was a guest panelist for an interdisciplinary lecture and roundtable discussion at the RISD Design Center in Providence on February 2nd, focusing on how race, class, gender and other forms of identity can radicalize art + design education.
Emily Ianacone (MASD'15)
MASD Alumni Profile 

Emily Ianacone is the Design Strategist for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's new Office off Innovation Team (i-team) in Baltimore. The i-team's initial focus is working with the Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore residents to develop strategies for recruiting locally-based officers. Baltimore is one of nearly 20 cities across the country with i-teams funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies to help city leaders drive bold innovation, change culture, and create an ongoing ability to tackle big problems and deliver better results for residents.

Emily came to the Baltimore Innovation Team from the inaugural cohort of Foster America, a national program that aims to positively transform the child welfare system. As a Foster America Fellow in Pittsburgh, Emily co-designed products and services with youth and families to improve the human services system and increase youth and family wellbeing at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. 

Prior to Foster America, Emily was one of three MICA design graduates (two of the three from MASD) selected for the White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship (PIF), an Obama Administration program that brings private sector best practices in technology and user experience design into government. As a PIF in the 2015 cohort, Emily worked with the Department of Labor on an initiative to help vulnerable workers learn about and exercise their rights, and with the Administration for Children, Youth & Families to help the federal government better support states and counties in improving outcomes for children, youth and families who enter the child welfare system. 

While at MICA, Emily focused her MASD thesis work on the long-term impact of childhood trauma and chronic stress related to the social determinants of health.

She previously spent a decade in advertising and brand communications after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Design (RIT), and later returned to RIT as an adjunct design professor. An avid music lover, she served on the Girls Rock! Rochester board of directors for three years.

See more about Emily's work at:

"Co-Designing a Health Future with Foster Youth and Families" (The Chronicle of Social Change, April 2017)
Social Design Fellowships Update 

Smile Indias: Prototyping feedback mechanisms within Baltimore Police Department

Center for Social Design Associate Smile Indias (MASD'17) continues to advance her MASD thesis work with the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) toward the development of an implementation plan to strengthen mechanisms for gathering officer feedback, as the BPD works to update policies identified in the recently signed Department of Justice (DOJ) Consent Decree. From October to December 2017, Smile has conducted extensive design research in the form of ride alongs, interviews, and in-class observations at the Baltimore Policy Training Academy.

The insights from these activities were then used to generate different modes to gather feedback on Departmental policies from members of the BPD. Smile and the Steering Committee, composed of BPD representatives from the Compliance, Accountability, and External Affairs Division and Best Practices Units, have worked on an implementation plan for how to prototype each of these modes to see what works best on policies of varying complexity. Prototypes of feedback mechanisms will start rolling out in February 2018.

Denise Shanté Brown: Unapologetically prioritizing the wellbeing of Black women

Robert W. Deutsch Social Design Fellow Denise Shanté Brown (MASD'17) was featured in an interview in Baltimore Beat in December, reflecting on her workshop, "Design for the Wellbeing of Black Women" and her broader work to unapologetically prioritize the wellbeing of Black women. On December 9th and 27th, Denise facilitated a second and third edition of the workshop, a collaborative session looking at design's role as a transformative tool to support the personal healing process and collective wellbeing of Black women.

Denise was also featured in an interview "Mind, Body, Nature" in the Winter 2018 edition of SEED, designed by MICA Graphic Design MFA student Katie Mancher to provide readers with tools to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. 


Upcoming Events

D Center Convo #88 
February 7, 2018, 6-7:45pm

The Motor House, 120 W North Ave
Baltimore, MD
Design in Conversation is back with D Center Convo #88, "Healthy & Safe: How can design help us build systems that work for everyone?" featuring Smile Indias (MASD'17), Ashley Eberhart (MASD'18) and Center for Social Design Founding Director Mike Weikert.

Social Design Exchange
Monday, April 23, 2018, 6-8:30pm
The BBOX, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
1601 W. Mount Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD

Join us for the Social Design Exchange, an interactive evening with the MA in Social Design (MASD) Class of 2018 as they share their thesis projects and processes.

Association for Community Design (ACD) Annual Conference
June 8-9, 2018
Neighborhood Design Center (NDC)
Baltimore, MD
MASD Faculty Lead Thomas Gardner is serving on the conference Steering Committee for "Reverberations: The Roots and Relevance of Community Design," the Association for Community Design's annual conference, to be hosted by the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) in Baltimore in June 2018.

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