CV

 

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

Design Researcher & Project Leader
The Welcome Card, Stockholm:Sweden, 05/2016:now

With a budget of 10000Euros, following the announcement of ‘The Refugee Challenge’ finalists, I have been leading the development and implementation of the Welcome Card project, from research, funding and business development, to prototyping and pilot testing

Speaker

  • What Design Can Do + UNHCR + IKEA Foundation, Rockstart:Amsterdam, 2017
  • University of Kentucky, College of Design, Lexington:KY, 2016
  • The Welcome Card, Stockholm:Sweden, 2016
  • Hult Prize, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm:Sweden, 2016
  • Konstfack University, Stockholm:Sweden, 2015

Experience Designer

  • YOUTH FOR UNDERSTANDING, 02/2015:05/2017
    I have been leading the YFU design team, following the implementation processes and re-branding efforts of YFU’s National Organizations on a global scale, including working closely with marketing experts, strategic developers, 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 prototyping for improving wardrobe space and modular storage boxes
  • Daladräkt (AB), Fashion Brand, 2013
    I collaborated with a group of fashion designers, artisans and entrepreneurs to revitalize the traditions of Swedish folk costumes and create branding solutions for the Stockholm-based startup Daladräkt, directing the production and development of print and web 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 video- makers, photographers, bloggers and media managers to develop the brand for various departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, placing an effort on the value of interdisciplinary design thinking and the intersection of liberal arts with hard sciences

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

 

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 the coordination and facilitation of +Acumen courses, focusing in particular on Human-Centered Design and Social Impact in the topics of 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 administration, with the objective of expanding the practical and theoretical knowledge of interior design in the working and researching environment

Students Helping Honduras
Co-director,
University of Kentucky, 09/2009:12/2012
I cofounded 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, AfterEffects, PremierePro)
Sketch
InVision (& other Prototyping Platforms)

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

Other
Acrobat Pro
Word + PowerPoint + Excel
Mac Pages + Keynote + Numbers

Design Research
Inter- and Trans-disciplinary Research
Experience Prototyping
Trendspotting and Future Forecasting
Human-Centered Design
Systems Thinking

Digital Modeling
Autodesk AutoCad
Revit
Rhinoceros + Vray

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

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

 

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


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 IT and business development consultant in Stockholm.

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.