Civil Servant + Civic Design Workshop with Mari Nakano | February 5

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January 29, 2019

What’s it like for designers to work inside city government? Well, it’s definitely not boring and it perhaps is one of the most meaningful experiences one could have as a designer.

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the Service Design Studio at the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, the nation’s first municipal service design team, which focuses on designing out poverty and increasing equity in NYC. We’ll take you on a deep dive into our latest project focused on designing solutions to empower families in the child welfare system and then use that information as the foundation to build up your skills in concepting real world solutions.

Some things you will learn:

● The value of service design in government

● Understanding how to design under constraint

● Research techniques

● Rapid design concepting

Tuesday, February 5th 9:30am – Noon

1111 Building, Room 306 (Designmatters Studio)

*Open to ArtCenter Community – RSVP by Noon on Friday, February 1st to

Mari Nakano

Design Director, Service Design Studio

NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity

Mari Nakano practices what design can do for products, services and teams in the social impact space. She is the Design Director for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity where she is helping shape one of the nation’s first civic service design studios. Prior to this role, she served as the Design & Interaction Lead for UNICEF’s Office of Innovation where she focused on enmeshing designers in a multi-disciplinary global team of innovators focused on developing forward thinking solutions to improve the lives of children around the world. She’s a proud alumni of ArtCenter (MFA, Media Design Practices) and Designmatters and the recipient of the 2015 Young Innovator Alumni Award.