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The University of the Arts (2010-2014) Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

Student Designer FastFWD (January 2014-present) A collaborative project between the city of Philadelphia, UPenn’s Wharton Social Impact Initiative, and GoodCompany Group focused on innovative solutions for urban public safety. Design Intern GCB2 (January 2014-present) Manage user testing for FTM compression chest binders. Design/Production Intern Fabric Horse (November 2013-present) Cut and prep fabrics for sewing, create swatch displays, assisted with catalog design, design and build storefront window display. Office Assistant UArts Student Financial Services (2011-present) Manage front desk area, directly assisted students and parents with all financial aid inquiries. Kenya Studio (Summer 2013) Traveled to Ndabibi, Kenya to do field research and work with girls to understand and improve social complexities surrounding issues of menstruation. Featured at AIA Philadelphia’s “Degrees of Design” exhibit Arduino for Disabilities (Summer 2012) Created assistive electronics for differently-abled persons at Liberty Resources in Philadelphia, PA. Freelance Work Worked on various print design projects with small organizations: Souderton Area High School, T-Line BodyWorks, and The Medical Transportation Association of New Jersey.


Programs: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Final Cut Pro, Arduino Hands-on: Sketching, research, user testing, fabrication, woodworking, soft goods, sewing, prototyping Fluent in Portuguese, intermediate level Spanish

GOOD SIT STOOL woodworking, furniture design A comfortable stool with an agenda: to make a user feel as socially uncomfortable as possible.

GOOD SIT STOOL Materials: Douglas fir, poplar The Good Sit is a comfort stool made entirely of wood. The unique shape of the seat holds the user’s body in a position which forces their legs to spread open and straddle the protruding phallic element at its front. The goal for this piece was to create a stool that felt comfortable physically, but emotionally uncomfortable or socially awkward. I wanted to achieve this by exploiting a person’s sexuality. This concept mirrors the obsession with sexuality and sexual orientation within American culture and is critical of heteronormativity. Bonus: it was later discovered that this stool could potentially be used as a sex object for women if “used” in a certain way.

OSA bag soft good, social design The homeless newspaper vendor’s portable storefront.

OSA BAG Materials: Donated fabrics and notions, leather, vinyl This is the One Step Away vendor bag that encourages efficiency, personal development, and the dissolution of negative stigmas towards the homeless. One Step Away is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that gives homeless people a chance to earn income by selling newspapers on the street. The newspapers are also written by homeless and/or unemployed writers in the city. This bag was designed with the help of some members of One Step Away to give the vendors a personal “store front� feel, which added to their credibility and confidence, making them more approachable and therefore more successful in their sales. Project partner: Brandon Klevence

OSA bag the one step away community This project would not have been possible without the cooperation of so many people at One Step Away. There were four individuals who specifically helped us with our research and with prototype feedback: Calvin, Emily, Whit, and Jared. They each turned out to have specific roles in our relationships with them without any assignment.

Calvin, vendor . Main product tester, guest designer . Stressed importance of branding and having a recognizable image to comfort pedestrians/potential customers . White hat enthusiast

Calvin’s design ideas:

Emily, OSA director . Provided us with guidelines for how to work with vendors . Stressed importance of understanding homelessness as a culture, empathy . Organized critical meetings and interviews with vendors

Whit, vendor . Self-describes as “unorganized� . Has lost newspapers and his own belongings on multiple occasions while vending on street . Allowed us to shadow him while vending directly

Ethnographic research: Whit took BK and I out with him to sell papers. No photos were taken due to issues of sensitivity.

. Has to carry his belongings around at all times in a suitcase . Emotional strain, feels inadequate and unequal to other pedestrians . Keeping papers together with personal belongs turns customers away

Ethnographic research: Understanding the physical difficulties of vending w/ a suitcase

(I made $20 in one hour) (BK made $5)

Jared, vendor

kenya project social design Girls in Ndabibi, Kenya miss up to 20% of school a year due to issues surrounding menstruation. This project explores ways in which design methods can be used to battle those issues and build confidence within a community.

Kenyan girls’ issues Girls are missing up to 20% of their classes to stay home during their periods. Girls often stain their clothes because they cannot afford sanitary pads, which causes boys at school to laugh at and embarrass them. Sanitary pads are not affordable. Many families have to decide between buying pads or buying milk and grain. Not only are women and girls lacking sanitary products, many of them do not even own a pair of undergarments.

Many organizations and companies have attempted to provide assistance by means of giving out free sanitary pads to impoverished women, but this is a short term solution.

Prototyping conversation:

Most communities in rural Africa lack the appropriate facilities to hygienically dispose of and handle soiled sanitary products. The subject of menstruation is considered extremely taboo - so much that even mothers and daughters don’t discuss it with one another.

discussion cards Because the issues surrounding menstruation were so varied and complex, a design decision was made to focus on the social aspect of menstruation. The result was a set of cards that aid in building discussion around these issues, so that the girls are more able to build trust amongst each other and come up with solutions within their own community.

STEP ONE: distribute cards

step two: ask questions, review responses Example: “How did you feel the first time you had your period?”

This girl had a positive emotion involving her first menstrual cycle. The group leader would then ask that girl to share her unique story to the rest of the group.

Discussion Leader

This is just one example of how a conversation could be started based on the discussion cards.

the kenya project ON THE GROUND Ten days were spent doing on-location research for this project. Some of that time was spent using the discussion cards in group conversation, the rest was spent collecting personal stories of girls and women in the area.

final conclusions By discussing menstruation issues openly and in a safe environment, women and girls can support each other. I found that while it is taboo for older Kenyan women to discuss menstruation with the younger generations in their families, it is acceptable for students to discuss menstruation with their teachers, as well as with each other, in private. By having group discussions and group support, these girls and women can start to discuss ways in which they can improve conditions on a larger scale and question the social pressures that demean women in their community. These discussions lead to group efforts and dreams to bring about change and social equality.

Rock candy package design, cad software

A creative approach to rock candy packaging.

rock candy packaging lasercut heavy-weight paper Upon visiting a local handmade candy store, I rediscovered one of the long forgotten “jewels” of my own childhood: rock candy. I noticed in my visit to Shane’s Confectionary in Philadelphia, PA that these hand-dipped candies lacked their own special packaging. This proposed solution provides protection for the candy while also adding to its naturally appealing and fun aesthetic.


ergonomics, human factors, cad software A kitchen unit that supports safe, functional cooking for a specific wheelchair user: Mitchell.

acarta understanding the user: Mitchell Mitchell is a 48-year-old man with cerebal palsy and lymphedema. Cooking is his passion but it is not always a simple task for him in his kitchen.

Cabinets are almost entirely inaccessible

To kick off this project, I asked Mitchell to cook a meal so that I could observe his strategies and difficulties. Some of the issues in his space are pictured below.

Dishwasher serves as storage space because it is easier to Kitchen is very narrow, it is reach than cabinets difficult to move and turn All ingredients are pulled out Mitchell has multiple wheelchair and kept on counter for easy buckets identical to this access, along with other one to transport ingredients commonly used items

Areas of concern: Mitchell cannot safely reach most of his kitchen and has little room to move around. Additionally, the clutter of the counter and his methods for food transportation are described as being dangerous.

Mitchell’s Kitchen:

Early sketching:



Easy Access EasilytoAccessible Difficult to Access


mitchell’s reaching zones: testing

Reach Height

Because of the hallway-shape of Mitchell’s kitchen, Acarta is designed to slide along a set of rails on the wall opposing the cabinets, appliances, etc. Mitchell and I tested the overall design of Acarta using cardboard models to identify issues of reach.

Grab Height

Table Height


acarta Because of regulations in Mitchell’s apartment building, Acarta was unable to be installed and has remained a concept project. The final model, pictured below, is designed to be accessible for even the smallest percentile of woman in a wheelchair - well within the measurments and reaching capabilities of Mitchell.

Reach Height

Grab Height

Table Height

SHORT WOMAN 1 Percentile US Population Stature 75.6”

(Dreyfuss; The Measure of Man and Woman)



Swim* - in progress (2/14) social design, soft good Swimwear to promote healthy self-image for transgender men and women.

chest piece that covers body hair and adds volume to breasts

bottoms that conceal “pot bellies� and tuck penises

body tight chest piece with bult in chest binder

bottoms that are revealing but can still hold a packer securely

haltertop chest pieces to make shoulders look less broad + pushes breasts together

bottoms that add volume to hips and mask penis bulge

chest piece that flows freely from body but conceals built-in binder + is attached to bottoms to prevent from rising up in water

bottoms similar to standard board shorts but with secure pocket for packer

swim*wear Whether you’re stuffing, tucking, binding, or packing - SWIM* Swim* is a line of swimwear specifically designed for transgender men and women. I am currently working on final prototypes, as well as a set of trans*-awareness posters. A working book with the research (queer theory, interviews, thinking process) behind this project can be found at:

Early prototype (on female body):