Melanie is a multidisciplinary designer passionate about creating services, experiences, and interactions. She previously studied at Chapman University in Southern California, where she earned degrees in Graphic Design and Business Administration (Marketing). Prior to graduate school she worked at a sustainable architecture firm, where she helped rebrand the company and spearheaded the firm’s environmental graphic design practice.
While an MDes Interaction Design graduate student, Melanie deepened her practice and developed key skills needed to translate human, organizational, and societal needs into more desirable systems, services, and interactions.
As a designer and researcher, Melanie has an optimistic vision for the future. She believes that, at the intersection of design, technology, and people, there is a unique opportunity to make meaningful progress tackling the most challenging human problems that face our world. She is excited and inspired by these challenges, and through her own contribution, hopes to make a lasting positive impact through critical research, responsible practice, and inspired activism. Melanie’s thesis project explores the opportunity to enhance the practice of Design for Social Innovation by creating meaningful connections between grassroots projects focused on positive social change.
Reimagining Social Innovation Platforms
AbstractDesign for Social Innovation (DSI) aims to make positive social change more probable, effective, long-lasting, and scalable. Social innovation platforms are a promising approach to address collaboration challenges that arise in DSI practice, but host a variety of their own challenges and barriers. This project takes a critical look at these problems and opportunities, and will propose a conceptual model and functionality of a digital platform that addresses them.
Jason Germany, Chair