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Elijah Parker

Elijah is a skateboarding truth seeker from Santa Cruz, California who grew up in the redwoods, learning from nature. His childhood shaped him into an observer, passionate about the environmental impact that our creations have on our surroundings. He sees the world through this lens, with eyes full of wonder. What is the impact? The history behind what we’ve created and the future to come from it is where his attention gets drawn.

After traveling throughout India on a quest for self development, he transplanted himself to Austin to be more involved with the Amala Foundation, a humanitarian organization whose focus is youth leadership, development, empowerment and cultural exchange. He started as a youth in their programs at age 17, which changed his perception of the world, and now serves on the Board of Directors. Amala made him realize that words and actions go as deep as the depth from which they come and true growth comes from authentic core conversations. Coming from a deep desire to create good in the world, Elijah aims to use design to shift our societal systems towards symbiotic, cradle-to-cradle, closed loop systems. He envisions a world of unity and connection as opposed to compartmentalized competition, and wholeheartedly believes that can be our reality.

Many times a day Elijah asks himself, Why am I doing what i’m doing? What is the thought that created this action and what is the desired outcome? He highly values self-understanding and the importance of knowing from where our movements emerge. Elijah loves finding the holes in systems. Where is energy leaking needlessly? His interest is in tracing effects upstream and identifying their cause which he feels is where creative solutions can found lasting change.

Elijah is a wordsmith that loves conversing into the depths of the topic at hand. Until recently starting to test the taste of animals, he has been a vegetarian since birth and has a profound appreciation for the awe of our stay on planet earth.

Recent blog posts

The Conundrum

External Authority Subdues Empowerment Empowerment Unseats Outside Authority How do we navigate our way through power struggles?    The point: Intangible outside authority subdues us and often makes us feel “wrong”. Empowerment is the only thing that effectively unseats this psychological and sociological oppression.   Exploring the Intangible Power of External Authority: Example: “Women Shouldn’t…

What limits what we can imagine?

Sensibility & Passion There are many things limiting our imagination. We have been ingrained with a set of varying beliefs and varying perspectives built on every experience we’ve ever had. In the game of innovation, evolution, moving society forward, what are the values to strive for? Senseless passion is like a bull with a rope around…

Health in Bite-Sized Increments

Conner Drew | Sally Hall | Elijah Parker Bite-Sized is a digital tool for dietitians to expand their reach and impact by allowing them to have input and influence with their customers on a more consistent basis.   Project Backdrop Diseases influenced by diet are at an all-time high — 27 million Americans have diabetes…

Finding direction through nebulousness & complexity

Health, in bite sized increments The building of a socially focused service Identifying problems is easy. The world is full of whistleblowers and I, admittedly, used to be one. Diving into the messiness and coming out with something valuable is difficult. Holding true to the principles a solution needs to ascribe to in order to…

Grocery List Optimizer – Turning on the engine

Sally Hall|Conner Drew|Elijah Parker Project Backdrop Dietary disease is at an all-time high — 27 million Americans have diabetes and 30 million Americans have heart disease. These are leading causes of death in America. This is an interesting contrast when considering the fact that the demand for health and healthy eating is, simultaneously, the highest…

In design, learning is omnipresent

Hands Brains, Zoom & Scope. These are the primary tools. There will always be someone who disagrees with how we use our tools. Sometimes success. Sometimes failure. No rights. No wrongs.   What does social impact mean?             Social impact is inherently a problem of definition. Everything has an impact. Slavery did. As well as…

From myAT&T to yourAT&T – Design Strategy Feature Brief

AT&T is a complex product that needs to do a lot of things. Things like pay bills. Buy devices. Observe different types and levels of data etc. An application that spans across commerce, finances and data usage holds a lot of complexity and therefore is inherently difficult to make in a simple fashion while still…

Road mapping from Design to Development

In my last blog post I discussed the process of going to an application developer and estimating how long a build would take. Specifically, the redesign of the mobile experience that myAT&T offers for iOS. Since then I have mapped out the road map to bringing the design into reality based on the estimations that…

Scoping Development – Timeline & Resources

-Tying the process together- In my previous blog post I discussed the processes associated with evaluating a mobile application. The application we are redesigning is the iOS version for myAT&T. From the usability evaluations of our wireframes we furthered the redesign. Correcting all of the usability issues that we found. Our main goal was to…

myAT&T Re-design

-Getting into evaluation and usability engineering methods- A brief recap of what has happened to bring us to the evaluation conversation Last quarter we took a head first dive into the myAT&T mobile application. We talked to people about their most painful interactions with this application and plotted our findings against each other.Through this ranking…

Access to healthy food vs. utilization of the access available – Making sense of the mayhem

  The food exploration continues. I will be discussing our steps between my last blog post: Intro to Rigor/Applying the Q1 learnings to research where we were still initially dipping our feet into the space and then I will be furthering that to our initial findings in the sense making and understanding phase. Finishing up research and…

Learning the mechanics of wireframes

myAT&T Mobile application Redesign Go redesign an informationally overloaded app for your first ever wireframes, ready? Go! Yup, thats AC4D. The AT&T Mobile application has been mind expanding to dig into. After 3 iterations it is starting to feel like “Yeah, this is something that people could actually use that would be so much damn…

#TeamBritishTofu – A Briefing on Service Design round 2

In our Service Design class, we’re applying our emerging design skills to help improve the service delivery of a local business in Austin. Given our collective passion for sustainable food systems, we’re excited to partner with an Austin-based company that delivers local produce directly to customers’ doorstep (referred to here as our “client”). (Throughout this…

Quarter 1 – A full introduction to rigor | Quarter 2 – Applying Q1 learnings

  A full introduction to rigor This blogpost will be a combination of what we are currently doing in Research & Synthesis mixed with what was learned last quarter and how I am carrying it over into this quarter. The course so far has been an intense whirlwind of a process. It seems we were…

Attacking Concept Mapping

Complexity is fascinating. When I say complexity i’m talking about all of the details that exist at every level of zoom on a sector, service public, problem, or product. The exponential growth of complexity and the way it is weaving into the tapestry of our lives is pretty ridiculous. In every interaction, the interdependence on…

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