michelle.trame@ac4d.com

Student

Michelle Trame

Michelle’s professional experiences include being an entrepreneur in education, outdoor adventure and consulting. She chooses to work on projects that center equity, sustainability and community. These values have come to life in launching a company that is closing the gender gap in outdoor leadership, creating tools to provide access to STEM education for underrepresented and non-traditional students, and helping build a company with a retail model committed to reducing waste while increasing access to the outdoors for everyone.

While wearing many hats in fast-growing start-ups, Michelle discovered that design work existed at the intersection of her talents and interests. Whether designing treehouses, maps for travelers or educational software, she loves how invisible forces (our habits, our desires, our emotions, our culture) inform the design of the built world. Her orientation towards data and research is enlivened by her passion for exploration, collaboration and creation. Most recently from Oakland, California, she is excited to add Austin to her list of quirky places she’s lived.

Recent blog posts

Adventures in Sketching

When we first started sketching classes at ac4d I thought I would quickly feel successful at representing my ideas visually. I often think in visual metaphors rather than words. And I spent tons of time in elementary school, middle school and high school (and maybe even college) doodling all over every available scrap of paper.…

The Evolving Role of Design Research

As we move forward from reading foundational theorists to more modern practitioners, we have seen designers grapple with competing incentives and motivations in their work as designers. One perspective to take in understanding some of these oppositional forces is thinking in terms of the locus of control within the designer’s work. Or in other words,…

Does design require an economic revolution?

As we consider the future of design and our role in it for the last two weeks, e have been reading several perspectives on the role of design in society. Although the perspectives of authors we have read have spanned beyond the field of design to include educational psychologists, propagandists, and media theorists, all have…

Understanding the Heart of Parks in Austin

Earlier this week we were challenged to devise a research plan for conducting ethnographic research with a segment of the Austin population that interacts with a specific non-profit. We are using contextual inquiry to learn more about this community and their needs with the ultimate goal of being able to share insights with the leaders…

The Neuroscience of Taking a Leap

What is it like to learn something new? While I have learned many things as an adult—coding and skiing are the two that come to mind first—I haven’t been a student in a formal educational setting since finishing undergrad at 22-years old. There are many ways that my current self feels different from the 22-year…

More from Michelle Trame...