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Student

Kay Wyman

Kay has been fascinated with immigration processes ever since spending a year in Germany brought her close to many immigrant experiences. She studied Modern European Thought / German Language and Culture at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York and then moved to San Francisco to work for an organization sponsoring cultural exchange visas. Kay seeks to unite her drive to explore the relationships between people and polity with design. After completing the AC4D program, she aspires to use design thinking to facilitate positive human interactions within and around immigrant populations.
Kay is also a freelance writer, delitescent logophile, and a volunteer food runner.

Recent blog posts

Theory: The Thinking Behind Design

Our overarching theme in our theory class this section is How designers think. What is Design Thinking? This section most pointedly gets at the question “what is design thinking?” One cannot define design thinking without some clarity on what design actually is and when it is used. Only, I get the sense that the word…

Buzz Mill Themes: The Patterns Within

Research Team: Shelly, Sara, Kay It’s been seven weeks since our team first connected with Buzz Mill Coffee Shop, a social initiative cum cafe-bar, in Austin and kicked off our service design research project. As we dive deeper into our data and discuss details around what people are experiencing and how Buzz Mill is trying…

Reflection on Contextual Inquiry Project

Just past the half way mark in our first quarter at AC4D, I have been reflecting on our group service design project at Buzz Mill coffee Shop. At the beginning of our research we were asked to find a business and pitch a research project the would use contextual inquiry as a means of discovering…

Poverty and Design: Theory Storyboard

This week, we were tasked with presenting our theory section of Poverty and Design as a storyboard. We read seven authors, analyzed their ideas, and synthesized them within a story. This project fit nicely with our studio foundations project from last week, which was also a storyboard. I combined the two and tried to put…

Sketching People and Scenes

Last week, our studio class progressed from shapes and objects, to drawing people and scenes. Pat Marsh taught us a simple guide to sketch out a human form in approximate proportion as training wheels until we gain some confidence sketching people. He emphasized shoulder and hip angles to mimic natural posture, and gestures that can easily indicate emotions.…

Buzz Mill Research: Stories from the Field

Research Team: Shelly Stallings, Sara Miller, Kay Wyman Over the past three weeks, our team has been creating and executing a process of obtaining research data through contextual inquiry at the local business Buzz Mill Coffee Shop. And what a whirlwind it has been. This is an update on what that process has looked like and some of…

All Design Begins with Research

Our latest tussle with design theory had us examine the role of research in design. If we break up the design process into component parts, research sits at the very beginning, and thus influences everything that comes after. As designers, we will often be challenged to explain how our design process works and why it…

Slow Learner

As our third week in the program is in it’s final hour, I am reflecting on several of my failures so far. Until this week, we had been learning about expectations, tools, and experimenting with research to see what works. Now that I have a foundation for what we ought to be doing, its possible to…

The Struggle is in the Details

(Week 2) This week our our coursework began to feel deeper and more demanding. We started conducting interviews for our research projects, had over 2,000 shapes to draw, and put together a presentation on some heady material on ethics in design. While the work is challenging and takes time to complete, I can clearly see that…

Critical Dialogue in the Ethics of Design

When we first approach the idea of design, we view it through a narrow and often extremely subjective lens. Through design thinking, we widen the scope of our understanding to find not only new, but “good” design solutions. But how do we know what the criteria is for “good?” After reading selections from five prominent…

Applied Philosophy: The Work Begins

When I began examining design thinking, everything I read and heard resounded within me like an affirmation of my personal philosophy. However, my understanding of design is primarily intellectual, so the real work of design is a new experience for me. While orientation week was a bootcamp that introduced us to the design process, there was…

How to make a teamwork sandwich

This week several of us reflected together over beers and margaritas on the topic of teamwork – what it meant this week, and our ideas on how to work together moving forward – in the form of a podcast. With Christina Davis, Cristina Suazo, Kay Wyman, Catherine Woodiwiss Moderated by Adam Niederpruem

Driving toward the Minimum Viable Product without breaking down

So far our orientation week has been about learning about process, listening to users, and mustering “design ideas” from the data. While a good deal of time and emotional effort went into those, we hadn’t had to lean far out from source material to create something and then justify it. But today we were tasked with…

Themes, Insights, Ideation, and … My First Vlog

Bad lighting, awkward pauses, and nervous hair-flipping – please enjoy my very first vlog! I’m sure they will get better over time.  

Orientation: Day 2 – Reflections

Trying is much easier with permission to get things wrong. Jon Kolko and Ruby Ku have both impressed upon us the necessity and value of taking action when you do not know everything. Today’s field activity seemed an exercise in pushing ourselves into uncomfortable spaces while still performing and trying to understand the complexities of doing user interviews.…

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