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Zev Powell

Zev comes from an academic background in the social sciences. Having studied cultural anthropology and Spanish language, he enters his coursework at AC4D with the ambition to develop his skills in empathy building and discover the tools to equip himself to enter the field of innovation and the many disciplines of interaction design. Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree four years ago he has cast himself into a variety of hybrid working experiences. Among them, managing a bamboo bike shop in rural Alabama, running a global team of scientists on a remote science base deep in the Mexican rainforest, and most recently has spent the past year in Melbourne, Australia as a social researcher and a drummer in a punk band.

In 2014, weary of endless nights in the library, he pledged to himself that he would never go back to study. But when he discovered AC4D and its creative curriculum, he realized it was his ticket to make an impact with his work in the near future. He is particularly excited to collaborate with his peers and collectively create something spectacular in nine dedicated and rapid months. Zev reckons the class of 2018-2019 will have tackled some wicked problems before the Texas summer starts to get too hot next year.

Recent blog posts

College Advisors: Building An Intentional Relationship

College students are legal adults. Whether they are 18 or 45, an advisor can’t phone home every time their student has an issue in their lives during their pursuit of a college degree. Imagine the difference between Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Good Will Hunting. For the student who is living away from home, trying…

Lateral Thinking In The Past: Final Theory Assignment Q1

Every time we delve into a new focus subject of design theory we are building a bank of literacy and thoughts for ourselves. We move forward with a longterm memory of the concepts and ideas that the authors present, and we can cognitively input the knowledge into the work we do now and in the…

We Are Blood Theme Development

At the end of design research, our project team — Catherine, Kim, and Zev — had accumulated hundreds of independent utterances from participants we spoke with at mobile blood drives conducted by our clients, We Are Blood. In developing themes, we have unpacked the meaning in each of the ideas presented in the participant’s own…

Go Sit In The Corner And Think About What You Said

I came in to our design theory section on designing for poverty with healthy skepticism. Throughout a year of Americorps service in rural Alabama several years ago I witnessed every way in which social entrepreneurship and non-profit aid shouldn’t be done. That’s not to say none of the organizations I interacted with didn’t have their…

Going to the Theater

  Believe it or not, I actually found a spare moment today to go to the cinema with a couple friends. Austin Film Society was showing Akira, a 1988 masterpiece anime film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. I am very apt to zone out and go cross-eyed at the animated detail of anime films. They are…

Design Research: It’s Research But It’s Not Science

Design Research Presentation Everyone and their mothers have been moving to Austin. Sometimes it’s for a job, sometimes it’s because they hear it’s a cool and weird oasis city. After living here for a while their friends from whatever city they came from ask them, “what’s so special about Austin? How does it move you,…

If There’s One Thing I Want You To Take Away From This, It’s This…

If there’s one thing I want you to take away from this blog post, it’s that there’s one very simple way to frame a powerful presentation. You just tell the audience at face value what they should care to remember, and then at the end of the presentation you remind them of what they just…

Week 2: Redefining Someone Else’s Problem

My team and I are only in the second week of an eight-week project with We Are Blood; in the thick of participant interviews and site visits. Our research plan has changed dozens of times. At one point we were defining up to six different types of participants, each with distinct interview questions and visual…

Ethics Diagram: Rating Authors of Theory

Rating authors and thought leaders on a scale from least important to most important is a tough request. But reframing and asking which of their ethics is most important to me makes the exercise a little more approachable. I created a diagram that has two parts. On the bottom are player cards that label the…

Spikes among Elks: Zev’s First Week at AC4D

“We always live at the time we live and not at some other time, and only by extracting at each present time the full meaning of each present experience are we prepared for doing the same thing in the future. This is the only preparation which in the long run amounts to anything.” –  John Dewey, The Need…

Between Two Fake Plants

Sometimes this orientation week felt like a reality TV show mixed with Kool-Aid culthood, so I captured a few friends in the confessional. I wonder what this hectic work/live space is going to look like (and smell like) this next year 😉   Catherine Gerald Cristina Vicky Yours truly…

I need a beer and an herbal tea plz: Day 4

   

(Stop) Speaking in Definitions: Blog Day 3

A quick chat about an analogy and getting subjective with our work.

Flip A Fork: Zev’s Day 2 Blog Post

Stop speaking with your hands Zev…

Zev Chose to Vlog the First Day

 

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