BA Art/Design Studies, San Jose State University 2017 Minor: Mexican American StudiesMFA Interactive Design, University of California, Davis 2019
Adriana Arriaga’s current research focuses on designing for vulnerable communities using interactive design. Her goal is to connect with different people to start a dialogue on social issues that affect marginalized communities. Arriaga refers to herself as a social impact designer; to her this means she designs by integrating the consideration of race, class, gender and other marginalized groups. In her previous experience, Arriaga has applied her design and artistic skills to help bring awareness to social issues in communities.
B.A. California State University, Long Beach (2014)
Since graduating with a BA in Design from California State University, Long Beach, Jennifer has worked in the design and fabrication of projection-mapped stages, props for the music and film industries, and interactive art and spaces. As Cartographer for Los Angeles-based event creation company the Do LaB, she contributed to large-scale event operations and designed art and music festival maps. Jennifer’s research now focuses on the participation of art with the urban landscape and its ability to bring communities together.
B.S. Fashion Design and Merchandising, San Francisco State University, 2006
Alicia has more than ten years of experience in the fashion industry working in an array of roles at major apparel labels. She has worked on a range of other projects such as creative community building and international fashion education for non-profits. Most recently, she was a Product Developer at Columbia Sportswear for the Mountain Hardwear label. She is interested in all things textiles, visual communication as a means of community building, and exhibition curating. She is currently exploring using pattern and textiles as a means of commentary or story telling.
B.A. Fine Art, University of California, Los Angeles, 2001
Justin’s career has spanned museum exhibit installation, art handling, film/theater set fabrication, and custom design/build projects for clients ranging from retail spaces to organic farms. He was a co-founder of the Austin, Texas based artist collective Okay Mountain, a gallery/studio whose members continue to exhibit immersive multimedia installations nationwide. Justin is interested in how we experience and interact with architectural space, media, and wild places.
B.A. Design, University of California, Davis (2015)
Emily works as a design researcher and strategist at Bukwild, a digital design agency in Sacramento. Currently, she is studying the intersection of design and adventure as a way to empower women. Her design work at large focuses on community engagement which combines design techniques and social justice in order to ignite local change.
B.A. Design, University of California at Davis, 2008
Lauren operates at the intersection of design + technology, bringing together creativity and technical excellence. A true geek, Lauren has designed, built, and deployed web-based products for over 20 years. She is excited to return to Davis to learn about sensor-based technologies and interactions.
A.A. in Fashion Design, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (2013)B.A. in Design, University of California, Davis (2016)
Christine works as a freelance Designer/Seamstress in the Northern California Bay Area. She has worked with such companies as Cari Borja Clothesmaker, Community Homework, Ink+Ivy, as well as with private clients for cosplay design and construction orders. Her work has been featured by Marvel Comics, and seen on such sites as Vanity Fair, LA Weekly, the Daily Mail UK, and YouTube. She is interested in sustainability, and how to reduce and reuse waste from the fashion and textile industries.
B.S. in Architecture, Shiraz Azad University of Art and Architecture
Persia started her education at Shiraz Azad University of Art and Architecture where she received her B.S. in Architecture. She has always had a strong passion for arts, music and design. She continues to explore different painting techniques and combines them with cultural elements through her work. She started working as an architect on multiple residential projects upon graduation in Iran, and her journey brought her to the United States to continue her education, where she found her desired major at UC Davis.
B.S. Cinema and Photography, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 1998
Rachel Max spent nine years in San Francisco working in various positions most recently as Head of Product Design for Coffee Meets Bagel, Designer for Houzz, and Senior Animator and Designer for Apple. Before San Francisco, Max lived in New York City and worked was an award-winning filmmaker, broadcast designer, and title designer. Max’s research focuses on immersive interactive design, sensor technology, physical computing, industrial design, and the implications of cognitive psychology on technology and product design.
University of Lapland, B.A. Interior and Textile Design, 2017
Jenna’s professional practice combines traditional methods with new technologies, aiming to develop innovative designs that are purposeful, visually intriguing and sustainable. Her MFA research focuses on ornamental design, its different traditions, principles and the background of ornamental design practice.
BFA, Graphic Design, Academy of Art University, 2005
George has more than ten years of experience as a professional designer. He has worked on a range of projects from print to the built environment. Most recently, he was Design Director at Embarcadero Partners, a strategy consulting firm in San Francisco, which worked at the intersection of strategy and design. He is interested in the power of design to facilitate understanding and create clarity. He is currently exploring the role of design in decision-making.
B.A. Design Studies, Arizona State University, 2016
Lanwei spent 2 years in China majoring in Industrial Design before she transferred to ASU. During her undergraduate study at ASU, she concentrated in Design Management, and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Lanwei has broad range of interests. She aspires to merge fashion and technology. Her current research focuses on developing smart clothing and wearable devices for addressing healthcare and environmental issues.
B.A. Studio Art, Art History, Politics - Oberlin College, 2010
After graduating from Oberlin, Daria worked in education and design in the Bay Area, where she helped cultivate an Oakland-based tech startup, designing a SaaS product for growing nonprofits. She is interested in new and interactive media’s relationship with surveillance, power, capital, and gender, as well as its potential for collective expression and community organizing.
BA Design, University of California, Davis, 2011MFA Design, University of California, Davis, 2019
Adam Taylor’s research catalogs the history of design for American politics and places it into conversation with the design of countercultures and political protest, aiming to further understand the interwoven nature of politics and design practices. Taylor’s current exhibition and graphic design professional work continues his previous projects with arts organizations, cities, museums, non-profits, and universities.
I found my passion for fashion design six months before I completed my undergraduate studies. It started with handmade jewelry, apparel design and 3D printing. I am interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research in design, engineering, psychology and music. Building on my experience in design and my background in human relations and sociology, I strive to develop functional fashion designs by applying new technologies and design processes during my MFA study here in the Design Department at UC Davis. Recently, I’ve also started training for a triathalon.
B.F.A Jewelry/Metal Arts, California College of the Arts, 2010
Corey graduated from California College of the Arts where he studied Jewelry/Metalsmithing and small sculpture. His undergraduate work drew upon his background in music and focused on the intersection of art and musical instruments. After earning his B.F.A., he worked both locally and internationally as a violinist and producer performing music for Asian American organizations and media. His current research combines both his interests in music technology and design to explore audio systems and environments that re-frame the relationships between the composer, audience, and sonic space.
BA Design, University of California, Davis 2016 Minor: Textiles and ClothingMFA Textiles and Fashion Design, University of California, Davis 2019
Dee Dee Yang explores the phenomenon of cultural authentication of Hmong textiles in fashion, and experiments with traditional crafts as a medium for contemporary design. Her passion for Hmong folk costume and textiles stems from her ethnic identity as Hmong-American. Dee Dee also has personal experiences in making traditional clothing and textiles. After completing her B.A. in fashion design, she worked as a Design Coordinator for Old Navy’s Kids design team. Her current design work incorporates the practice of traditional hand crafts with fashion.
Iris received her B.E. in Landscape Architecture in Beijing Forestry University. Now she is studying here to explore the field of UI/UX design and wearable product design. She is also continuing her study in coding here. She is eager to explore how modern technology can be utilized by designers to improve the human-being’s life quality in the dense and crowded modern cities.(like cities in China) She loves music, painting and gardening. She always has a great passion to design, art and life.
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