CV

 

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Academics

Master of Fine Arts in Experience Design (MFA), 2014
Konstfack University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Stockholm:Sweden

Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design (BA), 2012
University of Kentucky, College of Design, Lexington:KY

Bachelor of Arts in Art History (BA), 2011
University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts, Lexington:KY

Minor in Digital Media & Art Studio
University of Kentucky, Lexington:KY


Experience

Co-Founder and Design Lead
The Welcome Card, Stockholm:Sweden, 05/2016:now

I am the co-founder and design lead of Sprig Design Ekonomisk Förening, the startup non-profit overseeing the development of The Welcome Card proposal. I am leading the venture in creative direction and design research, social impact measurement, budget proposals and funding applications, community outreach and volunteer engagement

    Experience Design Consultant

    • YOUTH FOR UNDERSTANDING, 02/2015:05/2017
      I led the YFU design team, following the implementation processes and re-branding efforts of YFU’s 50 National Organizations, working with marketing experts and strategic developers, managing interns and volunteers to produce printed material, web platforms and educational toolkits
    • White Orange, Architecture & Design Studio, 2014
      I consulted the studio in the preliminary research and design prototypes for improving wardrobe space and modular storage boxes
    • Daladräkt (AB), Fashion Brand, 2013
      I collaborated with a group of fashion designers and entrepreneurs to revitalize the traditions of Swedish folk costumes, creating visual branding solutions, and directing the production of print and digital material

    Social Media Coordinator
    Experience Design Group, Konstfack University, 08/2013:07/2014

    I collaborated with faculty and students to tell the past and ongoing research of the Experience Design Group, managing the group’s website and Twitter page, while actively documenting the group’s research through graphics, photography and videos

    Graphic Designer & Illustrator
    College of Arts and Sciences Hive,
    University of Kentucky, 05/2011:07/2012
    I worked in a team of photographers, bloggers and media managers to develop the visuals and branding for various departments in the college

    Assistant Curator
    Henry Clay Foundation, Lexington:KY, 01:05/2011

    I trained as a researcher and exhibition co-curator on the impact of US administrative and political choices leading to the Civil War of 1861–1865 and the exploitation of Native Americans

     

    Lectures, Reviews and Mentorship

    Speaker

    • What Design Can Do + UNHCR + IKEA Foundation, Rockstart:Amsterdam
    • College of Design, University of Kentucky, Lexington:KY
    • The Welcome Card, Stockholm:Sweden
    • Hult Prize, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm:Sweden
    • Konstfack University, Stockholm:Sweden

    Mentor

    • Asylum-Seeking in The Netherlands
      Industrial Design Department, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven:The Netherlands
    • Mentorship by Design
      College of Design, University of Kentucky (UK), Lexington:KY
    • “Advocating Health: A Community of Support”
      Senior Thesis, College of Design, University of Kentucky (UK), Lexington:KY
    • Sonder
      Hult Prize, Stockholm:Sweden

    Reviewer and Guest Critic

    • Architecture 234 2nd year studio, Professor Liz Swanson, College of Design, University of Kentucky (UK)
    • Architecture 151 1st year studio, Jordan Hines, College of Design, University of Kentucky (UK)
    • Interior Design 3rd year studio, Rebekah Radtke, College of Design (UK)
    • Architecture 355 3rd year studio, Professor Greg Luhan, College of Design (UK)
    • Human-Centered Design, Stockholm +Acumen at SSE, Stockholm:Sweden
    • Industrial Design, Jenny Althoff and Rochus Hinkel, Konstfack University, Stockholm:Sweden
     

    Leadership and Collaborations

    Stockholm +Acumen Leadership Team
    Design & Courses, Stockholm:Sweden, 2014:2017

    I collaborated on the establishment and development of the Stockholm chapter of the international non-profit organization Acumen. My responsibilities included visual design and community outreach, and the coordination and facilitation of +Acumen courses. My focus has been on training and equipping industry professionals with human-centered design and design thinking methodologies, prototyping toolkits and social impact measurement tools in the context of consumer-oriented solutions, poverty alleviation, integration and immigration

    Nida Art Colony IP Erasmus
    Researcher, Nida:Lithuania, 06/2013

    I investigated the current role of sustainability and developed counter-strategies for green washing, in collaboration with the Yes Lab, University of Art and Design Cluj Napoca, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, and Vilnius Academy of Arts

    Interior Design Student Association
    Student Member & Director, University of Kentucky, 09/2010:08/2012

    I organized, promoted and coordinated events while managing the student organization, with the objective of connecting and creating dialogues between interior design academics and professionals

    Students Helping Honduras
    Co-director, University of Kentucky, 09/2009:12/2012

    I co-founded and promoted the University of Kentucky chapter of the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization Students Helping Honduras (SHH), with a focus on coordinating fund raising events and trips to Honduras, in the joint effort with CECI to respond to the poverty- and education-related challenges of the local communities

    Social Impact Project, El Progreso:Honduras, 03/2010
    I travelled to El Progreso, Honduras to provide hands-on work for the organization SHH, focusing on educational buildings for young children

     

    Super Powers

    Digital Editing
    Adobe CC (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, AfterEffects, PremierePro)

    Sketch
    InVision
    Marvel

    Programming (beginner)
    Arduino
    PureData
    HTML, CSS, JS, Query, CMS

    Other
    Acrobat Pro

    Word + PowerPoint + Excel
    Mac Pages + Keynote + Numbers

    Languages
    Italian and English (native proficiency)
    Spanish (intermediate proficiency)

    Design Research
    Human-Centered Design
    UX Design Research
    Experience Prototyping
    Design Strategy

    Systems Thinking

    Inter- and Trans-disciplinary Research
    Trendspotting and Future Forecasting

    Digital Modeling
    Autodesk AutoCad
    Revit
    Rhinoceros + Vray

    Fabrication
    3-axis CNC
    Laser Cut/Etching
    3D printing

    Model Making and Prototyping

     

    Courses and Workshop Lead

    “How might we rethink the system of accommodating refugees in Sweden?”
    Human-Centered Design and Prototyping
    Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, SSES Campus, Stockholm:Sweden, 2015:16

    “Berättande som Förändringsverktyg” (Storytelling for Change)
    Sundsgården HBV, Ekerö & Impact Hub Stockholm, Stockholm:Sweden, 2016

    “Human-Centered Design: Learning the Toolkit”
    Stockholm Impact Hub (2015), Stockholm School of Economics (2017), Stockholm:Sweden

     

    Awards and Recognitions

    Awards
    What Design Can Do + UNHCR + IKEA Foundation: The Refugee Challenge, 2016
    Digital Media Award, 2012
    suckerPUNCH Robot Shop, 2012
    UK/CoD Leadership Award, 2011
    UK/CoD Creativity Award, 2010
    Oswald Creativity Award, 2011
    Kentuckiana Masonry Institute, 2010

    Honors
    Honor Student
    NCUR Ithaca, 2011
    Dean’s List, 2007:2012

    Exhibitions & Publications
    Stedelijk Museum, “Solution or Utopia?”, Amsterdam, 2017

    “The Limits of Empathy,” Digitala Vetenskapliga Arkivet (DiVA), Konstfack University (2014)

    “Caravaggio and the Head of Goliath,” Kaleidoscope: Vol. 10 (2011)
    NCUR, Ithaca College (2011)

     

    References

    Kattis Åström
    Former Director of External Affairs and Development at Youth For Understanding, business leader and change maker.

    Anders Forsberg and Marie Lärka
    Teammates in the Welcome Card project. Anders is a migration adviser for the Red Cross Sverige and Marie is an organizational design and development consultant in Stockholm, Sweden

    Jenny Althoff
    Senior lecturer in the departments of Experience Design and Industrial Design at Konstfack University.

    Michael Speaks
    Dean of the School of Architecture, Syracuse University, and former Dean of the College of Design, University of Kentucky.