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Christina Davis

Christina has a diverse professional background, ranging from working in corporate development to guiding African safaris. While not principally a designer in these roles, Christina found enrichment by focusing on aspects of design in these roles: working with engineers to start a manufacturing plant, creating presentations on the interconnected design of ecosystems, and designing behavioral experiments while studying economics. She discovered her interest in how people interact with the world around them while studying interior design. Christina looks forward to making a difference in people’s lives by gaining design skills that help people on a larger scale.

Christina is a member of the Auxiliary Board at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, where she is passionate about its focus on education and conservation. She finds travel inspirational. In fact, Christina remembers first realizing the importance of design when comparing foreign cities to her own as a 7 year old abroad.

Christina currently resides is Chicago, where she was raised. She has lived in Minnesota, Arizona, South Africa, and Italy and looks forward to exploring Austin next.

Recent blog posts

The Ambiguity of a Focus Statement: Starting Research

Team members: Christina Davis and Kay Wyman We’ve embarked on our capstone project we will complete over the next 24 weeks! As a class, we are focused on the topic: College Persistence and Completion for Post- Traditional Students. We are partnering with Peloton U, a local organization dedicated to the mission of providing working students a…

IDSE 102: DESIGN THINKING

Here we are at our last theory presentation and an opportune moment to reflect back on the past 7 weeks. In theory class, we began with readings on Ethics & Responsibility, continued on to The Role of Research, Design & Poverty, and finished on Design Thinking. Reading Design Theory is intended to not just inform…

A Voyage in Design Thinking….

During our last unit in theory, we focused on Design and Poverty. The authors covered a vast range of opinions from Prahalad who proposes converting the poor into consumers to Pilloton who personally moved to the sites of her projects. The reading group was a healthy mix of idealism and capitalism. Our assignment was to…

Perspectives in Austin

During the past two weeks in IDSE 103, we focused on drawing perspectives and figures. I find perspective drawing to be a bit meditative so I was looking forward to spending some time putting a different part of my brain to work in between reading, interviewing, transcribing, and presenting. Pat mentioned a few places in Austin…

The Role of Design Research

We live in a world that is constantly evolving & in flux, and that makes design research relevant today. As AC4D students, we account for this in developing our designs: Our design research to date is focused on capturing the experiences of the outliers, painting a picture of the people who sit on the outside…

Week 3 Recap

Another week of jam-packed mental gymnastics has passed! I’ve been focusing hard on getting ahead of assignments and have finally entered a rythm where I find opportunities to begin assignments when (or close to when) they are assigned. On Sunday, I sat down at a coffee shop to read more of our theory assignment, which…

Week 2 Recap

  A discussion following Week 2 at AC4D with Adam and Catherine: https://soundcloud.com/apruem/ac4d-week-2-reflection-adam-christina-catherine Week 2 was no different from the preceding two weeks in that we faced a lot of new information to not only digest, but to put into action. It was satisfying to get into the field and conduct a couple of interviews…

The Value of Users in Design Theory

During our first 2 weeks of IDSE 102: Design, Society, and the Public sector, we read works from Edward Bernays, Victor Papanek, Maurizio Vitta, Neil Postman, and John Dewey. Considering how each author views the role of design in society, we were assigned to plot the 5 authors on an scale of not important to…

Week 2

Saturday marked the completion of our first week of classes. It has been a whirlwind of navigating new experiences, processing new knowledge, and honing time management skills. On Monday, we received our first assignment for IDSE 101/202 which entailed identifying a philanthropically minded business, pitching them to obtain access to their organization to interview 15+…

Assignment 1 – REI

Aaron, Cristina, Christina To begin our first assignment focused on Design Research, Synthesis and Service Design we brainstormed as a group to identify socially minded business to offer our design services. We identified portals listing co-ops, b-corps, and incubators, as well as drawing on Aarons knowledge of local Austin businesses.   We selected Tacodeli, Austin…

Day 3: Themes and insights

We began our lecture today by discussing themes to help make sense of data and identifying patterns by exploding our data. Our group was primed to “trust the process” because prior to beginning lecture we had neatly pinned our data into columns labeled with headers “Problems with tickets” and “purchasing methods,” along with similar buckets. We…

Day Two: Field work

Our design lecture today began with an image of an Eames chair and and the day ended with small group discussions about our experience speaking with public transport patrons while riding the bus. Our day truly captured the evolution of design. I was also pleased to have the opportunity to explore bus routes on my…

Day 1 AC4D

Today we arrived at the new AC4D space where we were greeted with a big smile from Ruby at the front door. We met and chatted with our classmates and Ruby gave a thorough overview of the year, what we should expect, and what is expected from us. Whilst a lot of information, I was…

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