design for good. design for change.
I am a human-centered designer focused on helping organizations and companies with a social mission achieve their goals through designing products, spaces, and services. Along with design consulting, I lead design thinking workshops to help mission-driven individuals and organizations learn how to incorporate design thinking into their daily work. My background is in community organizing and youth climate advocacy. From this work, I bring passion for sustainability and deep systems change, as well as a love for empowering others to be a positive force in their community. My pastimes include cooking, playing with my dog, and making jewelry from vintage and repurposed items. I find joy in taking pieces that have been loved before and turning them into something to be loved again. My jewelry is sold at local boutiques, on BRIKA, a site for makers, and on Etsy. You can find find more of my writing on design for social change on my blog.
What I do
Design Research and Consulting
For nonprofits, startups, community organizations, and companies with a social mission.
- Identifying user needs through user interviews and observation - Prototyping and product testing - Finding product-market fit - Project management and product development
Human Centered Design Workshops
For nonprofits, startups, community organizations, companies, and individuals.
- Planning and facilitating design thinking workshops for team building and skill development
A sample of past and current clients.
Everyday consumer products for social change.
Role: Design Lead and Project Manager
• Currently leading product research and evaluation to determine product-market fit and identify first product to market
Engineering Toys for Girls
Role: Lead Design Researcher
• Designed testing protocol and led user tests with 70+ young girls, identified key strengths and revisions
• Revised prototype and met with industrial designers to move into manufacturing stage of production
Los Angeles '13 Institute for Social Innovation
Role: Social Innovation Case Challenge Consultant
• Collaborated with partner organizations Design for America and Los Angeles Kitchen to develop case study for the 90 LA'13 prospective Fellows
• Facilitated case study workshop over four days, guiding participants through the human centered design process
Education & Work
Additional experience can be found on LinkedIn.
B.S. in Design and Environmental Analysis
2012-present, San Francisco, CA
• Write 2-3 engaging interviews and articles profiling designers and artisans per issue as well as 1-3 blog posts weekly • Developed strategies for reader engagement, optimizing social media participation resulting in an average of 200 new followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Pintrest weekly over past 4 month period
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
2009-2011, Richmond, VA
Virginia Campus Organizer
• Advised student groups on achievable and meaningful campus sustainability improvements • Managed 200+ active volunteers, developed relationships with 30+ leaders on 6-10 campuses per semester • Spearheaded Power Vote 2010 in Virginia, resulting in 2,600 young people pledged to vote • Revamped communication systems, growing statewide list from 5,000 to over 9,000 young people
Avaaz Action Factory
2009, Washington, DC
Action Factory Fellow
• Executed 1-3 creative actions per week to influence federal climate legislation and the international negotiations in Copenhagen, earning 110 media hits
Let's make things happen.
Let me know what you are working on and I'll get in touch.
Handcrafted jewelry from vintage and repurposed materials. Available in the following online marketplaces:
Copyright 2013 Katherine McEachern