christina.davis@ac4d.com

Alumni

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

Mentorship Pilot

We launched our pilot this week! Our time over the past week has been spent on recruiting & matching mentor-mentee pairs and developing the facilitation resources for mentors and mentees unique to our solution. Since our last update… We recruited 3 mentors and 3 mentees, created matches based upon logistics (location, schedule), and set up…

Mobile Banking App Product Feature Brief

Over the past 2 quarters we have been workmen on building a banking app. We started with examining the architecture of existing banks with concept maps, building out screens, user testing our flows, meeting with developers to obtain sizing estimates and creating timelines for building and relating the app. Our final step is creating a…

Theory of Power in Design

Designers have power. Good designers design to empower. Good designers design positive disruptions. With power comes responsibility. Responsible designers are ethical. Responsible designers remain engaged. Power Power can be broken down into means of gaining power and forms of enforcing power. Organized money, people, and materials/represenations are means of power. (1) Forms of power include…

Roadmap to launch

Following our meeting with developers we were able to gain an understanding to the feasibility of our banking app design. The next step is to develop a plan to move forward. The real world has constraints, and in an agile framework the goal is to have a product in someones hands quickly.  Since meeting with…

Designing for Successful Mentorship

We are building a platform for first-generation Americans to access resources that support success. Our product matches mentees to mentors and provides a framework to facilitate successful, productive relationships. This week our team focused on defining our end-to-end customer journey: We created journey maps to document how mentors and mentees engage with our digital platform and…

Meet the developers!

First off, a big thank you to all the developers for offering their time to us. Over the past 2 weeks I have revised and notated my banking app wireframes in preparation for meeting with a developer, Caleb Thomson, to discuss sizing. Sizing is the process of pricing the cost to build the visual and…

On the road with the best intentions

At AC4D our curriculum is bookended with theory courses, and we have arrived at Q4 and are embarking on our second module of theory. You may ask, “What is theory?” Richard Anderson and Christina Wodtke rally on twitter about what constitutes theory in “On the Importance of Theory to Design Practitioners- Jon Kolko and Richard…

Making MB into YB (your bank)

This week we headed into the field to test our wireframes with users. To recruit participants I asked ppl I encountered if they were available for 40 minutes. The first interview with a neighbor and only took 20 min. Thereafter I asked for 30 min and interviewed 2 Uber drivers, a receptionist at the doctor,…

MB Financial: Updated Features and Wireframes

After creating concept maps for the current and future state of the MB Financial banking app, I’ve worked on making flows to create new tasks. I’ll be discussing two of the flows I’ve created, checking you balance and depositing a check, in this post. The current MB app is very clean and simple to navigate…

MB Means Business

Just as promised in their ads, MB Financial gets strait to business in their mobile banking ap. The app has three main areas: Accounts, ‘Move Money’ & Deposits. The app performs the bare essentials and it does a good job at that. Two or the five features of the app can be accessed without logging in. Why…

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…

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