In the United States, it is estimated that about 500,000 children are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. However, toys specially designed for these children are generally unavailable or very difficult to find in the market. As a result, these children do not have any alternatives but to play with commercial toys which, with their restricted muscle movement, are difficult to master or handle, thus depriving them the joy and benefits from playing with developmental toys.
This project sets out to develop a family of handcrafted block sets specifically designed for children with Cerebral Palsy and to create KIN, a conscious brand that promotes inclusive play. Unlike already existing block sets, KIN blocks feature a unique living hinge that connects the whole set allowing children to play without the worry of dropping or breaking individual pieces. The connected block set promotes two-hand operation in order for children with motor disabilities to practice upper body movements and fine motor skills through play.
Business card design for Lili Bravi.
This business card depicts Lili Bravi's stylish, playful and hands on personality and essence. The card comes in a variety of lively colors and is meant to be folded along the perforated line and handed to the other party, alluding to the playful and hands on act of passing a note. When folded, the front of the card shows half of her name and the other half is revealed when the card is opened.
UN Field Support
Corporate identity design project for the United Nations Department of Field Support. This project aims to create design standards and core identity products that reflect the global, complex and diverse nature of the department's operations and services.
Lego logo redesign. The goal of this project was to create a logo and accompanying patterns that are able to resonate with both children and adults. In an attempt to modernize Lego's current logo this redesign pulls elements from the actual lego block to create a 2.5D style graphic logo.
Global Camps Africa
Advertising campaign for Global Camps Africa, an organization that provides South African children HIV/AIDS prevention education and training through residential and day camps. This campaign set out to raise awareness for the organization and encourage a younger demographic to participate in Aids Walk New York 2015.
This project aims to redesign the MAC Cosmetics packaging in order to create a more modern and efficient product for make up users and enthusiasts. Currently, MAC lipstick tubes are round and made of black plastic with the name of the lipstick shade written on the bottom sticker.
The shape of the tube itself poses a problem for many people as it tends to roll off flat surfaces like desks and vanities. In this redesign the problem is solved by using a rectangular prism shape with chamfered edges for comfort.
The main issue with the current packaging is the placement of the lipstick shade name on the bottom of the tube. MAC Cosmetics currently retails over 100 hundred shades of lipstick and with names like "Lady Danger" and "Up The Amp" it is very difficult to know which shade is which without flipping over or opening every tube until you find the one you need. This design features an exposed edge that reveals the color of lipstick inside. It also is a play on the slanted edge of a lipstick when first bought. Due to the sliced edge, the color is visible even when tubes are placed side by side making is very convenient for display and storage.
The element of the sliced edge can also be applied to any kind of makeup compact which allows for easy stacking and visible product shade.
Lipstick tube with exposed edge to reveal product shade
Lipstick tubes displayed in a row
Compact with exposed edge.
Stacked compacts with clearly visible shades.
The United Nations created the World Happiness Report 2013 as a contribution to the ongoing debate: “What should be the world’s Sustainable Development Goals for the period 2015-2030?” Member countries were invited to measure the happiness of their people and to use this to help guide their public policies. In the report, “happiness” is described as an aspiration of every human being and as a measure of social progress. In this study, the UN measured countries in six different categories: healthy life expectancy, perceptions of corruption, GDP per capita, freedom to make life choices, social support, and generosity. This piece visualizes the World Happiness Report in three different ways. It uses the hexagonal shape to represent each country included in the report. The measures of the six categories, mentions above, are represented on a star graph within the hexagon. The star map presents the different levels of these categories in order to visualize the vast variations in each country.
On the top half of the piece, the countries are arranged by geographical locations to better locate the trends of happiness across the globe and within specific regions. On the bottom, they are shown in order of ranking that the UN provides in the report. This portion of the piece can then be layered on top of any other world index to compare other evaluations and studies with global happiness. In this exploration, the World Happiness Report is juxtaposed with the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom. The Index of Economic Freedom tracks the progress of economic freedom around the globe by analyzing the countries’ commitment to the rule of law, principles of limited government, regulatory efficiency, and open markets. In this piece, the levels of economic freedom are represented by color and layered behind the graphs of happiness, creating a heat map of the world. It is easy to grasp the general trends around the globe by comparing the various levels and forms of happiness with economic freedom.
This application is an interactive visual representation of the Mendelian Inheritance in Man, a comprehensive authorities compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes, a catalogue of genes and genetic Disorders. This catalogue contains information on all known mendelian disorders and over 12,000 genes. It focuses on the relationship between phenotype and genotype. It’s meant to be used for further research and as a tool for genomic analysis.
Within the application, there are three different ways of navigating through the human genome and exploring the various genetic disorders represented. One can utilize the simplified representation of the human body to begin their exploration through genetic disorders affecting specific locations of the body. The locations of the genes holding these disorders will then be represented on the twenty-four chromosomes. These loci of these genes will highlight and from there it is easy to see which parts of the body are affected and where in the chromosomes these genes are located. These chromosomes canbe singled out and zoomed into. The chromosomeis enlarged to show all of the loci of the genes and the phenotypes that they affect. This view will show the exact locations of the genes and their names.The section for affected locations helps go into depth within specific systems in the body, which are affected by genetic disorders. Every page in the application holds ways to reach all other pages. Thus, one can seamlessly navigate through the application.
"The CFT is a simple way to design education projects that have a technology component and are focused on children and adolescents.This framework is divided into seven sections. In each section, your team can explore factors that will influence a project plan."
UNICEF launched the Child Friendly Technology Framework in 2013 as a way to guide the brainstorming process of new innovative technology based projects. The CFT aids in the strategizing and planning of the project or product through 52 specially curated worksheets.
Currently, the framework is available for download and print and UNICEF's Innovation Unit is working on the development of a web-based experience. The website will have all of the worksheets available to fill in online and have many options to share the progress of the projects. It will also allow more than one user to join the project planning and make comments and changes to the framework.
This is the proposed information architecture and user story for this website. This frame may also be served as a worksheet for onsite user testing.