Design Ethos

Designers are conduits to power. We are translators between how things are and how they could be. As a systems thinker, I thrive in diving into the ambiguity, finding the patterns, and understanding how they all connect to design more equitable outcomes for all stakeholders.

My design ethos weaves these values with wisdom I’ve gathered from my favorite writers and thinkers.

reading list (coming soon)

principle 01

design for ethical disruption

I will use my skills as a designer to contribute to the larger conversation around bettering the tools and products we use for living, connecting, and simply being human.

“Our task is to make trouble, to stir up potent response to devastating events, as well as to settle troubled waters and rebuild quiet places.”

― Donna J. Haraway, Staying with the Trouble

principle 02

scope through emergence

I will pay deep attention to the details of what is being considered and what is being left out, and who holds the power. When unfolding a problem, I create opportunities to experiment, play, create space so the solutions draws on past wisdom for better futures.

“To apply natural order and our love of life to the way we create the world. To tap into the most ancient systems and patterns for wisdom as we build tomorrow.”

― Adrienne Marie Brown, Emergent Strategy

principle 03

beauty through utility

I weave beauty into the functionality as part of creating accessible, equitable design. I measure success by how the outcome fits seamlessly in the context of every day.

“When the objects we use every day and the surroundings we live in have become in themselves a work of art, then we shall be able to say that we have achieved a balanced life.”

― Bruno Munari, Design as Art

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