DSI Reflecting on Summer 2022’s Community Design for Leaders Course
Ryana Smiling in front of a black board. Wearing a white mock neck sweater.

Ryana Burrell is a multidisciplinary designer with experience in People Operations process design, User Experience design, workshops, and facilitation. She is the Lead UX and Product Designer at BallotReady, an organization that builds tools that empower voters to feel more confident and informed at the ballot box. This work builds upon her commitment to and interest in designing for civic engagement, which took shape during her time at DSI in the form of a Fast Track project called VOCAL, which sought to provide users with the information they need to be more engaged citizens. 

In addition to her day job Ryana does some freelance writing and design consulting projects. She is passionate about creative practice as a tool for healing, and recently has been working a lot with alternative photographic processes such as chemigram, lumen prints, and cyanotype. Ryana holds a BA in Studio Art (Photography Concentration) from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Design from Social Innovation from the School of Visual Arts.

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