Healthcare. Global Warming. Terrorism. Food Justice. Poverty. The 21st Century is rife with multi-causal, socio-culturally complex issues where a true-or-false rationale is disingenuous, unproductive, and even detrimental.
The MDes in Integrative Design is a two-year Master of Design program at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design. Through deep collaboration with constituents, stakeholders, and partners from the corporate and non-profit sectors, integrative designers in the Stamps MDes program address "wicked problems" through hands-on, real-world projects. With its project-based curriculum, the Stamps MDes program erases traditional boundaries between design research and design practice to create a new process-oriented curriculum.
The 2017 MDes Cohort Focus: Appropriate Care. Under this umbrella topic, I was asked to re-design the Stamps MDes program viewbook. The peice is used primarily to present the program to perspective graduate students, however, its secondary function is to help foster relationships with corporate partners and the health care community at large. Each MDes cohort forms a pro-bono integrative design firm of sorts, collaborating as a team on hands-on projects alongside real-world stakeholders, constituents, and partners.