9/22/2022 Fall ’22 Designer in Residence: Karen Proctor, Improv Lab


Laura Cerón Melo

Laura (‘21) is a queer designer from Colombia living in Brooklyn, NY whose professional practice sits at the intersection of design, art, and activism + advocacy. She is a recipient of the Artist Employment Program grant from the Creatives Rebuild New York initiative, and currently is a Teaching Artist and Arts Strategist at The Fortune Society, which…

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Freya Mohini Dutta

Freya is a designer, educator, and craftsperson based in Brooklyn, NY. She’s created UX for tech companies large and small, and played and designed games in collaboration with nonprofits. She co-founded Antidote in 2013, where she is the Creative Director. She grew up on a ship, but would rather talk to you about plants, weaving,…

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Ryana Burrell

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…

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Taylor Ourada

Taylor Ourada has worked with government agencies on health care exchange platforms as well as payers and pharmaceutical companies on complex care management and patient engagement models. She has worked in product management and customer success roles for startups focused in employee engagement, behavior change, and older adult loneliness. Taylor is passionate about using data-driven…

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Ben Norskov

Ben is a designer, educator and technologist based in Brooklyn, NY. He builds installations in museums, runs co-design workshops globally, and manages complex technology projects for companies you’ve heard of. He is the COO at Antidote.

Welcoming New Faculty: Spring 2022

This spring, we will be welcoming–and in some cases re-welcoming–a number of practitioners to the DSI team, and we’re excited to introduce them!  First we welcome back DSI ‘20 alum and one third of our spring ‘21 designers in residence to help co-teach our Global Guest Lecture Course! Ryana Burrell is a multidisciplinary designer with…

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Welcoming Karen Proctor: Our Spring ’22 Designer in Residence

This spring, we’re excited to announce that a long-time friend and faculty member to DSI will be spending additional time with us as the spring 2022 Designer in Residence! Karen Proctor, who teaches Leadership and runs her own social innovation firm, will be taking on the role. Take a look at her vision for the…

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Mai Kobori

Mai is a co-founder of Blank Plate, a creative culinary program in Hunts Point, South Bronx that uses the power of hands-on design workshops to inspire teens to transform their relationship to food while promoting issues of food justice. The program creates a positive narrative of healthy food access and equity within the local NYC…

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Cathy Richards

Cathy Richards is a technology advisor whose expertise lies at the intersection of Data, Technology and Social Change. She has worked with non-profits in India, Zimbabwe, South Africa to develop lightweight measurement systems and advised activist organisations on the responsible implementation of new technologies. She also co-founded Pueblo CoLab – a collaborative aiming to help…

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Stephanie Yim

Stephanie Yim is a multidisciplinary designer focused at the intersection of community-centered design and civic tech. She practices her work through a lens of racial equity, decolonization, and care. As a senior designer at Public Policy Lab, Stephanie partners with government agencies and non-profit organizations to design improved ways to deliver public services to at-risk…

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