Human-centered is not enough.

Hello! I am a design researcher and experience designer focused on community-building. I believe in the powerful change that happens when humanity-centered design intersects with policy to build positive futures with those facing the greatest disadvantages.

 

As an engineer-turned-designer, prototyping and testing are core to my work. I embrace complex systems and seek structural integrity in my analysis.

 

I earned my master's degree from the Products of Design MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and have a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.

Let's connect! Email me at

hannah@designingupward.org

Check out my eclectic set of experiences in my CV.

Read my thesis book.

Connect with me on LinkedIn.

Other things I do regularly (in non-COVID times):

  • Guide trips for REI Seattle! I have been an outdoor guide for eight years in various activities and parts of the country.

  • Play competitive ultimate and coach a youth team at Jane Addams Middle School (although I'm very short and sometimes get mistaken for a player!)

Current projects (all through AIGA Seattle): 

  • Founding an initiative called With Not For (formerly Design for Democracy).

  • Participating in the 2020 Changemaker Series as a Design Researcher for non-profit partner Perinatal Support Washington.

 

Overall, I love getting outside, exploring, and engaging with my various local communities.

Final thesis presentation
Final thesis presentation

MFA Products of Design Chair Allan Chochinov facilitating a Q&A with me after my thesis final presentation. Credit: Adam Tullo

Guiding an REI snowshoe trip at Mt. Baker
Guiding an REI snowshoe trip at Mt. Baker

Credit: One of my REI trip participants

The best part is getting to talk to people
The best part is getting to talk to people

My favorite part of design research and experience design is getting to talk to people in their spaces, facilitated by my designs. Credit: Elvis Yang

Final thesis presentation
Final thesis presentation

MFA Products of Design Chair Allan Chochinov facilitating a Q&A with me after my thesis final presentation. Credit: Adam Tullo

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