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.

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