Social Impact Design, Stories from the Field
Join an international panelist of designers, educators and design researchers in a conversation about Social Impact Design. From placed-based, experiential pedagogy to design anthropology, panelists will share stories from the field of social impact design. Together, we will examine ethical approaches for community engagement and explore participatory methods intended to empower all as agents of change. The conversation will set the stage for week-long talks and activities, including a design charrette with Ohio State and Brazilian students focusing on social impact design with the street situation population, “PopRua” in São Paulo, Brazil.
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- Associate Professor, Department of Design, The Ohio State University
- Susan Melsop is an Associate Professor in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University. Prior to this appointment, she taught design studios and graduate seminars at the Knowlton School of Architecture at OSU. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University. Susan is recipient of several teaching awards, including the Deborah and Ronald Ratner Award for innovative teaching. She is the creator ofDesign Matters, a service-learning course that operates both locally and internationally, engaging urban youth in urban revitalization efforts and engaging the street population in design-build projects respectively.
- Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Design, The Ohio State University
- Shadrick Addy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in graphic design from Elizabeth City State University and did his graduate studies at NC State College of Design. His master's thesis focused on the implementation of mixed reality systems in historic house museums. His research interest explores how designers can leverage extended reality (XR) systems to recreate historical experiences, encourage empathy, and facilitate social interaction in educational and cultural environments.
- Professor, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, Brazil
- Juliana Bertolini is a Brazilian designer and Associate Professor of Design at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a Master in Education, Art and History of Culture from MPU. Her research now involves making connections between the academic environment and social impact initiatives. Since 2004, she has been working with NGO’s and communities of artisans co-creating new product’s and integrating design methodologies into their processes. She has participated in several international exhibitions in France, Portugal, and Germany. In 2016, she partnered with Susan Melsop to co-develop pedagogy for experiential learning and community-engaged design in Brazil.
- Designer, Activist, Recipient of the British Council International Young Design Entrepreneur Award
Paula Dib is a Social Designer, working on the development of processes beyond products in communities inside and outside Brazil. With a humanist and action-oriented way of looking, Paula values endemic knowledge, rescues cultural traditions and prioritizes local natural raw materials in the development of products that combine ethics and aesthetics in an innovative way. The tripod design, society and nature has been the focus of her work. Among other recognitions, Paula was the winner in London of the International Young Designer Entrepreneur Award 2006 promoted by the British Council, TRIP Transformadores 2013 Award and selected by IDB INNOVATORS in 2013. Since 2007, she has taken the base of her work to other countries, opening new doors to think the designer’s role. She has held workshops and lectures in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Venezuela, Mozambique, Sweden and Hong Kong, inspiring social innovation actions through design.
Videos of Design Matters in Brazil - An OSU Office of International Affairs (OIA) Service-Learning Study Abroad: