Michele Y. Washington is a New York City-based designer she has a user-centered mindset and a passion for design research. She applies Design Thinking and User-Centered Interaction Design solutions to address complex issues, which deliver meaningful solutions and solve problems that are culturally relevant. Some of her recent projects include mobile publishing platforms and web-based integration, Content Strategy and curating popups. She has worked with, A Long Walk Home/Picturing Black Girlhood, Museum of Impact on Activist Love Letters, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Cox Matthews and Associates, WELEET, the Romare Bearden Foundation, West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc., desigNYC and the Museum of Science and Industry.
Great pleasure comes from collaborating with colleagues or producing my own projects. Some have included: collaborating with theCreativeSide, to curate pop-up Shops for Calabar Imports in Bed-Stuy and Harlem. Another project was “Food Wealth,” a mobile app that teaches residents, living in Central and West Harlem how to identify healthy food choices. Michele is also the founder of “CuriousStories,” a website where she curates content for design documentaries and film shorts featuring designers, architects, urbanism, fashion and product designers and food designers. Over the past few years, Michele has traveled extensively throughout Brazil this has fueled my love for everything Brazilian—led me to research designers, makers, and visual artist, on the intersection of design and Afro-Brazilian culture. While in Brazil, she participated on a panel for São Paulo Design Week. All of these projects fuel my passion and curiosity. My dream project would be “The Future of Cities.” With this in mind, Michele could apply User Experience and Human-Centered Interaction Design and tackle areas of interest such as civic engagement, public art, placemaking, housing, food, technology and architecture, and urban planning.
She holds two master degrees Michele’s most recent on Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts and another in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. Teaching is a crucial part of my consultancy that continually enhances my knowledge base and growth. Michele is on the faculty of the MA Faculty Exhibition Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she teaches Branding and Design, her aim is to integrate how Human-Centered Research and Design Thinking help to deliver successful solutions for branded experiences, retail and interpretive museum exhibitions. Michele frequently speaks about Design and the History of African American Designers.
My work has been exhibited in Women Designers in the USA, 1900-2000: Diversity and Difference, held at the Bard Graduate Center, Design Journey: You Are Here at the AIGA headquarters, and Google Black History and Culture. Keeping a stake hold in my creative community is critical. Michele is a part of the adhoc team of the newly formed architecture and design archival at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History & Culture, she also serves on the Cooper Hewitt Design Center in Harlem, advisory committee, past board member of AIGA NY Chapter, the Design Journey Advisory Board and Global Interaction in Design (GLIDE).
Michele’s writing and visual essays has appeared in AIGA Design Journey website, American Passin It Down Cookbook, Print Magazine, IRAAA Webzine and the Design Crit Chapbook. She is the editor of culturalboundaries.com a design and pop culture blog.
email: Michele Washington