Designers are facilitators and problem solvers

Design creates culture and shapes society, and I want to know how and why. I'm very interested in design thinking, process, theory and culture, and it's relation with everyday society. I believe that designers are facilitators and problem solvers, with a unique set of skills that can be applied to many problem spaces; from strategizing about branding and marketing, to working within a social justice space. I'm interested in creating conversations about the intersection of design with other industries, specialized fields, and professions. 

I'm passionate about drawing from personal experience and examining the world through a critical lens. Along with topics of design I'm usually reading about identity, and concerned with representation. 

Through my interests I spend time exploring ideas of how design can create change within society and our role and identity as designers and creatives within society as a whole. 

 

 
 
 
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INFLUENCED 

Inspired by those conversations, fuelled by a combination of a topic you're passionate about, and a drink, or two — or five. Influenced is a podcast I produce and publish bi-weekly; It's a series of conversations between designers and creatives. 

I started Influenced as a way to casually explore and discuss topics around creativity, design process, design culture, making work, general views of society and the world at large.

Give Influenced a listen on itunes or check out the website here.


A POP-UP AFFAIR

A Pop-Up Affair was a collaborative project that brought together a collective of new designers and makers, in order to self create opportunities to promote new design and creative conversations. 

We as a group of award winning designers — all of us meeting during our recent design education at Emily Carr University — formed A Pop-Up Affair as a growing and fluid testing group for design ideas and experiences in a low risk environment.

In the summer of 2014 we launched a kickstarter campaign to fund our exhibition Peep Show.  Peep Show opened in September 2014 during Vancouver Design Week and featured the work created within our collective, and work by other creatives, makers, artists and designers from the community.


 

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THE JOINT

The Joint was the final product of my year long under graduate thesis project at Emily Carr University. 
Starting by looking at the problem space of the visual culture of marijuana, throughout my thesis I aimed to examine the images, stereotypes and stigmas that pot culture has cultivated and continued to perpetuate even as the counter culture of cannabis moved towards main stream acceptance and even legalization across North America. 

The Joint is a concept community hub that promotes the facilitation of new conversations about cannabis and cannabis culture. Through creating an experience that sparks engaging discussion, collaboration, and education, the aim is to cut through the haze of the current view of marijuana. Read a little more about
it here.