With this series of profiles, we are delighted to introduce you to the
students joining the MA Design Studies program in the spring semester.
My name is Will and I’m from New York City. Over the past 9 years my career has been chiefly concerned with the experimentation of strategic communication and consumer engagement. As a brand manager my principal responsibility has been to encourage consumer purchase behavior by creating an emotional connection to consumers and products. I currently work for NIKE, Inc. as a brand manager for NIKE Basketball. While at NIKE I have become increasingly interested in the intersection between design and technology and the role design plays in how consumers interact with products, how design can help good products, services and experiences reach their maximum potential and designs overall influence on the global economy. As a marketer, I ultimately believe my job is to help people reach their full potential. To enable them to do, see, create and be things they never thought were possible. To that aim as the global economy becomes more and more complex and the world becomes more accessible I believe the role of design will become increasingly important in influencing purchase behavior and the way humans choose to live their everyday lives. Beyond my professional ambitions, my soul drives me to the study of art and design. I seek and I am inspired by art and design everyday and it will without doubt be an extension of who I am for the rest of my life.
For the past few years, I have been studying art history at Hunter College. Though my focus was primarily on paintings of the twentieth century, I found myself constantly gravitating towards the studies of architecture and design. Hoping to find an outlet in which to explore the connections between art, architecture and design practice, I was pleased to discover the MA in Design Studies program offered at the New School. I look forward to researching the evolving discipline of design practice and its relationship to theoretical, historical and social issues. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to study at Parsons and to become more integrated with the community of students in the Design Studies program.
Hi everyone, I’m Melissa. I am originally from Amarillo, a small cattle town located in the rolling plains of the Texas panhandle. I earned my BA in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. My interest in research and information retrieval drew me to begin a Masters degree in Library Science at Pratt Institute. A passion for the arts led me to become a librarian assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the photographs department. During a break from Pratt, I was offered a position with an interdisciplinary arts organization based in New Orleans called Airlift; I took a hiatus from school to began working on research and development of a musical shantytown, co-created by the street artist Swoon, that would come to be known as the Music Box. While working on this project, I resumed my Masters in Information Management at Louisiana State University. My interest in the Design Studies program emerged from my work on the Music Box, wherein I witnessed how reimagining supposedly blighted property into an object of beauty could positively impact a community. I look forward to working with everyone at Parsons to extend these ideas into scholarship.