Adam Ridgeway, Class of 2017

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I am an Australian born, New York based graphic designer. I graduated with Honors from Urban Planning at Curtin University and transitioned to a Masters of Applied Design and Art (MADA) at the same institution. I left the MADA Program in 2015 to attend a graduate program offered at Parsons School of Design in 2016.

After working as a freelance with text heavy media and an increasingly diversified clientele, I wanted to pursue an advanced understanding of design theory that would in turn be applicable to my communication design. This is what led me to New York and it has been the best decision I ever made.

I enjoy taking complex, outdated, confusing systems and refining them. I gravitate towards anything tactile as a part of me is enveloped in the past. Both my watch and camera are from the 1970’s. My daily planner is still, and forever will be, handwritten.My work focuses on Branding and Identity, Editorial and Print, and Interface Design.

Irem Yildiz, Class of 2018

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I am Irem from Istanbul, Turkey. I have started to the Architectural Design Master Program right after graduating from Architecture at Istanbul Technical University in 2014. Following my change in major from Urban and Regional Planning to Architecture, my interest of urban texture and cultural networks has been shaped. During my undergrad years, I have worked on diverse scales and concepts both on design studios and internships. Besides school, I got the opportunity to join various workshops, exhibitions and events.

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Mariann Asayan, Class of 2018

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I will be joining the MADS family fresh out of my bachelor program at Syracuse University where I pursued a double major in Fashion Design and Psychology. Knowledge for knowledge sake has never rang true to me. Knowledge can never be meaningless as it allows you to open your eyes to the invisible network that connects everything. It was at Syracuse where I experimented within this invisible network and learned how intrinsic the relationships between design, technology, and psychology truly were.

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Addy Fadina, Class of 2018

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My name is Adebola Fadina. I am Originally from the Bronx, NY but recently moved update New York. Since I was young, I’ve always held interest in all aspects of art and design. I always used drawing as an outlet to express myself at times where words couldn’t. In middle school I attended a school that specialized in theater arts.

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Kayla O’Daniel, Class of 2018

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My name is Kayla O’Daniel and I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. As an undergrad I studied at North Carolina State University where I completed a BS in Business Administration & Marketing and a BA in Design Studies. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the realm of Design Studies early in my undergrad education. In an attempt to broaden the reach of design influences among the university, the College of Design developed the Design Studies program to connect to the other colleges including the College of Management, which was where I was studying.

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Diana Duque, Class of 2018

 

IMG_1776I see myself as an Observer, Communicator, Problem­solver, Editor, Translator, Curator, Creative Thinker and, quite dutifully, a Cultural Diplomat. Growing up in both the US and Colombia, SA, I was given the opportunity to master two languages (sí, dos idiomas!), understand two cultures (dos culturas MUY diferentes), and recognize the many beautiful tones of gray that exist in a world that others so often choose to view in black and white (o al revés, blanco y negro).

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Jilly Traganou to Speak in São Paulo and Rio

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Jilly Traganou, Associate Professor of Spatial Design Studies, is giving a talk tomorrow, August 23rd, titled “O design olímpico e o meio (Olympic Design and the Social Environment)” at Curso de Design da FAU USP e LabVisual – Laboratório de Pesquisa em Design Visual da FAU USP in São Paulo.

Professor Traganou is also giving a talk in Rio on Wednesday, August 24th at the Centro Carioca de Design, titled “The Olympic Design Milieu and what would its Legacy be for Rio? // O Ambiente do Design Olímpico e seu Possível Legado para o Rio.”

These presentations are only some of a myriad of activities Professor Traganou has been involved with as a part of her Fulbright fellowship, which she has undertaken in these past few historic weeks in Brazil as the Summer 2016 Olympics were taking place.

Alumni Spotlight: Veronica Uribe del Aguila

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Veronica Uribe del Aguila, MA Design Studies ‘15, will begin work on her PhD in Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University this fall. We met with Veronica over the summer as she prepared for the next chapter in her academic career. Read our interview with her below for her thoughts on academia, her memories of the Design Studies program, and to see what she has been up to since graduation!  (more…)

Alumna Mae Wiskin on the Rise of “Digital Addiction” Rehab

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MA Design Studies alumna Mae Wiskin contributed the piece, Can’t Quit the Clicks: The Rise of Social Media Rehab to Broadly, an offshoot of Vice that is “devoted to representing the multiplicity of women’s experiences.” It reads: (more…)

Ten Proposals for Tenuous Times

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Susan Yelavich at HighGround, July 2016; Photo by Janet Abrams

Director and Associate Professor Susan Yelavich participates in the 20th annual HighGround colloquium. Read about her proposals for design and her reflections here:

This year at the 20th annual HighGround colloquium organized by designers Katherine and Michael McCoy at their studio/home in Colorado, I proposed a series of design moves (some strategic, some tactical) to shift social perceptions of people who have been alienated, mistreated, or ignored because of race, gender, immigration, or mental health issues—or any combination of the above that leads to ‘othering.’ (more…)

From the Director


Susan Yelavich (Director)

If you’re reading this, I imagine you’re curious about Parsons’ Masters in Design Studies. Below are a series of posts written in anticipation of your questions:

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