Design for Behavior Change: Ethics & Trending

By Kim Dowd “Design for Behavior Change” is a trending theme in our graduate studio this year. We call it different things—”A New System for This” or “A Game to Foster That,” but the basics are the same: People have …

Design’s Affective Lens

[Editor's note: from time to time we'll be setting posts in some new web-safe typefaces that we're test driving for Monotype. The body copy of Kelly's post is set in Memphis Medium and her byline is in Trade Gothic. To …

A Question of Materials

By Juliana Diaz This fall term, I was given the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for our sophomore industrial design (ID) studio class, called Generation of Form. Personally, I have no experience designing three dimensional objects. On the other …

Design Beyond Design

By Gretchen Pinard I decided long before I applied to the Communication Planning and Information Design graduate program here at Carnegie Mellon that I no longer wanted to be a practicing designer. At least not in the traditional sense. Seems …

Can I Just Be Called a "Designer," Please?

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Sarah Calandro Off the top of my head, I can think of multiple design skill sets that Carnegie Mellon Design graduates tap into: graphic, information, communication, web, interaction, industrial, and user-interface design, along with creative nonfiction writing, photography, animation, …

Social Impact by Design: A Reflection

By Aliya Maria Baptista Several of us at Carnegie Mellon are working on projects for our Social Impact by Design class. My project partner, Chelsey Delaney, and I reached out to collaborate with a local Pittsburgh organization, Earthen Vessels Outreach …

A Maker’s Philosophy

By Norman Lau When I have time in the middle of my day, I like to make things with little bits of clay—you’ll know my studio desk by the menagerie of clay animals parading across it. But there is something …

Rally of the Rhetoricians

By Chelsey Delaney Amidst a crowd of (I swear) over 300,000 people at the Rally to Restore Sanity Saturday I did the opposite of what was being advocated: I panicked. Somewhere in the mess I had lost my friends and my …

Design: The Human Profession?

by Jeanette Leagh Last night, I went to the symphony in downtown Pittsburgh. I’m not a classical music buff, but an evening away from the studio is a welcomed escape. It was Rachmaninoff night, and the soloist was Russian pianist, …

Strategic Conversation: A Design Tool for Collaboration

By Lauren Chapman Design is a culture of collaboration—but what happens when different values, or different visions, clash? Imagine two large institutions, collaborating on a project. One company has a strict, conventional culture, while the other is very relaxed and …