A San Francisco native, I am 5/8 educator and 5/8 social entrepreneur. Trained as an industrial designer at the Rhode Island School of Design, I have continued my quest for meaningful work at the intersection of design/social impact/education. This has led me to teaching at Pratt Institute, Brown University's Community Environmental College and at my alma mater, where I founded the advanced studio, Design for Social Entrepreneurship, as the youngest adjunct faculty. After working for Design that Matters and purchasing the urls, designforamerica.com/org on the night of the 2008 presidential elections, I am now the Director of Operations for Design for America (i.e. dream job). (The views expressed in this blog are solely my own and do not reflect the views of DFA)
Cardboard is a material with great potential. This series of projects, done at separate times, aim to explore cardboard in unconventional applications. Figure 1 is a personal project using cardboard as a textile for handbags, hand sewn and lined with colored paper. Figure 2 is a timeline of the history of cardboard within cardboard packaging. Figure 3 is a one day group project making a lamp only out of cardboard and a light bulb. The design of this lamp is to avoid direct light from every angle.
This silver hollow ring has a hidden compartment to protect something of value. The internal structure is moveable; while worn, an empty square appears, when off, the jewel is revealed, enabling the wearer to decide when or when not to reveal their valuables.
While apprenticing in Mexico the parameters of this four week project were to use only scraps of wood and minimal amounts of glue. The design evolves from chaos to order or order to chaos, with a rigid form and square on one side, to more elaborate columns and visual lack of support on the other. Each column of scraps is hinged and movable, creating an interactive room divider.