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Shelly Stallings

Shelly is a serial entrepreneur, global traveler and big foodie.

Shelly grew up in a small, rural village in China where her teachers saw her as a troublemaker. She didn’t like following their rules. She had her own ideas. Her village was close enough to Shanghai that she was exposed to the international TV. She fell in love with the Seavers from the show “Growing Pains “. She saw how the Seavers supported the individuality of their children. She realized that “out there” were different cultures. Learning about and immersing herself in other cultures became a passion and source of inspiration.

In 2013, as a co-founder in Bonapp, doing design research has been one of the unique aspects of her career so far. Bon App is Asia’s first international social dining platform to connect people through food and helps discover great places in 12 cities.
Her work launching Bonapp confirmed the change-bearing power of design research and provided her with a strong desire to apply this to industries like E-commerce, or offline delivery service. This has been a step towards her long-term goal to be a global entrepreneur. However, to take the next step, she needs to build her skill set. In the past she has relied on intuition and experience to guide her actions, she plans to strengthen her skills by learning formal methodologies at AC4D and enjoying personal experiences of classmates and faculty.

Recent blog posts

Design Thinking VS Problem Solving

A Chinese graphic designer is looking for skills upgrade from western experts Chinese kid: “Mr. Horst, the world is fucked, I am doing design research solving the wicked problem in China, I want to upgrade my skills, so let’s start over, we need a plan.” Horst: “No, no, no, It’s not possible to design ‘…

Dinner Afterparty of Design & Poverty Conference

Several experts having a dinner after Design & Poverty Conference, here are their conversations during the dinner.  

Add meanings to people

I did some interesting practice on sketching over 50 people this week, those sketches are a direct representation of my stories from real life, whether it be cartoonized or realistic, made by pencil or pen. Also those people added an extra layer of “ meaning” . To start, I needed to choose types of people,…

Take aways: a topic on design research

This week I’ve been reading quite a few articles on design research, I agree that design research opens up many new opportunities, when it comes to trying to solve problems with creativity. I think, as a designer, it’s very important to keep the right mindset — how you think will have direct impacts on whether…

Pick up the pencil again

My second week of classes is complete! It has been crazy busy. Our schedule for the whole week: • Monday lecture & discussion • Interview with participants at Buzz Mill (Austin & San Marcos) • Assignment due on Wednesday for sketch • Assignment due on Thursday for theory readings and presentation I spent 15 hours…

Thoughts through readings

Reflections for last week

I enjoyed a great week with my group members on field research, with my classmates on theory classes and my favorite sketching class. Watching my teammates discuss “Humanitarian” and google search its definition is fascinating to me. (20, Aug) We went to the Refugee Service of TX to figure out whether they would join our…

Big Reflection Day

What a great experience sharing and learning workshop today!!! Two guidelines for this workshop: 1. Share personal experiences with teammates. 2. Share experiences openly and honestly. Adam, our major host, guided the workshop using a structured framework that made this kind of sharing more productive. 1. We broke into small teams (two people). Each has…

My official sketching class

Today’s class is about “ Forms of Making”, which is to use sketching as a method to express ideas. It is an exercise that requires me mind to be loose and encourages me to see problem and tasks from different angles. I didn’t have a good amount of time to make this into pretty sketches,…

A weird day

It’s hard to believe that this “sense making” day has already come and gone. I’ve realized that it’s so much more than I was thought going the process. the class involves a unique mix of critical thinking (which is new to me), sociology, culture knowledge (which I know I will get there through the time),…

Design Research Day

AC4D doesn’t give me a chance to warm up. Our second orientation day begins with the first step in doing design research as a team(random) outside the classroom. Running a research with new classmates in the new city and new culture sounds crazy, especially without knowing the background of anything. When Jon talked about empathy…

My first day as a student in US

It’s been a great day joining at AC4D new space and having the luck listening to the awesome talks. I truly felt proud when I was finally able to sit down and enjoy the first orientation day surrounding by all cool people in united states, I saw my name coming up as part of the…

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