03-23-17

Mapping the Design Journey

by Jacinda Walker
Founder, designExplorr.com 

Design Journeys: Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Design Disciplines from Jacinda Walker on Vimeo.

The journey to a career can be met with great success or great struggle. When a traveler is prepared for the journey, they typically cover more distance and the experiences they encounter become quick stops along the way— moments of pause that, with rest and refueling, allow them to begin again. However, for a traveler who is less prepared to face the bumps, twists, and turns of the road, minor challenges become major roadblocks. Those minor challenges become permanent barricades that ultimately inhibit travel and one’s likelihood to continue on the path of success. Unfortunately, the latter path described here is all too common among young African American and Latino youth who seek a design-related career.

This line of inquiry led me to visualize what the journey to becoming a designer looks like and analyze what tools are needed to obtain a design-related career. My research work entitled, Design Journeys: Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Design Disciplines (2016) explores diversity in design disciplines and presents fifteen strategic ideas to expose African American and Latino youth to design-related careers. This solutions-based thesis introduces a map charting a design career from grade school to a seasoned professional. The “Design Journey Map” contains four color-coded passages: foundations, proficiency, workforce, and influence. The passages overlap with career competency components to cultivate soft skills together with the hard skills youth learn along the journey to a design career.

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Figure 1: The Design Journey Map in full

The Design Journey Map is a simple navigational tool that can be used as a framework to better inform students, parents, professionals and organizations which strategic ideas are needed and where to place them along the career path to increase diversity in design disciplines.

This framework is important because it shows the journey to become a designer and provides four principles of a strategic solution for closing the diversity gap in the design industry. The principles address the complex problem of a lack of diversity in design by identifying characteristics of a strategic solution needed for helping to close the diversity gap in design. They are labeled as comprehensive, collaborative, local, and scholastic. These Design Principles help to ensure long-term success for programs and initiatives whose intent is to expose African American and Latino youth to design-related careers.

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Figure 2: The four Design Principles for a strategic solution

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03-21-17

Samantha Ayotte | April 07

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On April 7, 2017, we welcome Samantha Ayotte to our Spring Lecture Series. Her talk, “My Birthright”, will present findings from her cultural exploration through Israel for her Birthright trip. There will be a discussion about how cultural, political, and religious experiences can differ and how they can provide solutions for contemporary living.

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Samantha Ayotte is a second-year dual degree (M.Arch, M.UD) candidate from Cleveland, Ohio. She holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Kent State University. She enjoys the opportunity to design and understand urban design challenges and solutions for cities like Cleveland through contemporary means of investigation. She believes communities and shared experiences can positively impact urban design, and her work thus far has aimed to implement those elements.

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Please join us from 12 PM - 1PMFriday, April 7th. This event is free and open to the public.

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

03-21-17

Fresh Talk: Women Arts and Social Change | April 12

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In Cleveland, creative leaders are impacting lives and reshaping economies through bold public arts and urban design initiatives. Join the conversation with Marika Shioiri-Clark, Global Designer for Social Impact and Principal of SOSHL Studio; Jennifer Coleman, Architect and Senior Program Officer for the Arts at the Gund Foundation; Lillian Kuri, Strategic Innovator through Arts and Design and Vice President of the Cleveland Foundation; Terry Schwarz, Director of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative at Kent State University and Founder of its Shrinking Cities Institute; and Ann Zoller, Local and National Advocate for Revitalizing Public Spaces and long-time Executive Director of LAND Studio. Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, based in Washington, DC, will moderate.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but space is extremely limited. Tickets are required for entry. RSVPs will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Please register HERE.

Date and Time
Wed, April 12, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location
MOCA Cleveland
11400 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

This FRESH TALK outreach event is presented by the Ohio Advisory Group of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. FRESH TALK is the signature program of the museum’s Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative. Sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation with generous in-kind support from MOCA Cleveland and Gries Financial LLC.

03-21-17

CUDC welcomes a new Office Manager!

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The CUDC would like to welcome our new Office Manager, April James.  April’s previous experience has been working in various academic and student services departments within higher education such as counseling & student affairs, business services, and adult higher education. April received her Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Mass Communication. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Tiffin University.

We are excited to have April on our team and please contact her for any administrative inquiries.

03-06-17

Conner Karakul | Mar 10

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We will be switching things up a little bit this week for our Spring Lecture Series. Conner Karakul will be presenting a short film, Where Land Meets Water-An exploration of Norwegian urban shorelines and Oslo Harbor’s path from industry to access. Following the film will be a discussion on Cleveland’s cultural and physical relationship with its waterways- current status and future goals.

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Conner Karakul is a third year Master of Landscape Architecture candidate from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in Environmental Studies from Kenyon College. As a member of KSU’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s inaugural MLA program cohort, Conner enjoys the opportunity to work on and understand the challenges and potential for creating healthy, strong communities in Legacy Cities. He believes landscape architecture can play a fundamental role. His work so far aims to embed ecological beauty and function into the complexities of urban areas through thoughtful design that celebrates the arts, culture, and ecology of a place.

Please join us from 12 PM - 1PM, Friday, March 10th. This event is free and open to the public.

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115