Booklet design for Collective Chapin, a project done in Guatemala city schools that aims to inspire youth to push back against gun violence and become agents of change. Partnered with Gates Foundation and Mercy Corps. Project team: Natalia Sourdis, Lionel Ramazzini, Julia Benin.
Illustrations for Dave Zhou blog post, on ideo.org website. Illustrations represent the different qualities that ideo.org looks for in new talent.
Video edit for Steps, a digital toolkit that makes financial services accessible for low-income Americans. The video’s purpose was to demonstrate the ideation phase of the human-centered design process. Project team: Daniel Feldman, Sommai Pham, Yifan Frances.
Illustrations for a team building exercise. These were used as an icebreaker when teaching partners about Human-Centered-Design.
Branded swag for Heart of Mobile Money cocktail party, that introduced Heart of Mobile Money project to future funders. Heart of Mobile Money is a platform to help local farmers in India use mobile money. Project team: John Won, Rika Viragh, Karin Sovkup
Words for Strangers
Fascinated by the greed in our society, I wanted to test people's willingness to spend time on a stranger. I walked around San Francisco asking random people to spend 60 seconds writing a kind note to a stranger.
I collected a 1000 notes. Five hundred of them were wheat pasted around the city.
The other 500 notes were placed in black envelopes and passed around to strangers.
Each envelope was screen printed front and back. And each person was encouraged to continue passing the notes to other strangers.
The Shirt off Their Back
Frustrated with the conditions that immigrant workers face in the United States, I decided to travel to Parlier California to talk to them directly. I spoke to over a dozen immigrant workers and collected stories from their experiences on the farm.
I asked each person to give me one of their dirty shirts in exchange for a new one. Utilizing the shirts as part of the canvas, I displayed an abstract poem about oppression in columns on the wall.
Behind each shirt is a plaque that has the workers name, age, shirt size, and quote.
The average age of farm workers in Parlier is 60 to 70 years old. They work 6 days a week, 10 hour days at minimum wage. While we take for granted where our food comes from, 'Shirt off Their Back' is meant to remind us of our privileged lifestyle.
The Next Family
This book was inspired by an essay my sister, Alessandra Lacorazza wrote. It became a tool to help me grieve my father's death. Making form during the healing process allowed me to tap into my unconscious.
Most of the fond memories of my father were of us walking around Bogota together. I decided to walk around San Francisco collecting objects, photographing, and incorporating them into a composition.
Scraper Bikes was created in east Oakland, by the rapper and activist Baby Champ. The program helps kids stay out of trouble by giving them an outlet and teaching them how to work as a team. Kids without bikes can come to the workshop, work for three days and walk away with a bike of their own.
The goal of this project was to use design to magnify Scraper Bikes' presence in the community. The Central component of this project was to create an experience for this subculture and design a system to promote the event and educate the audience about this small but powerful organization.
As part of the branding initiative, we created a contest for kids called Scraper Bike-Off. The goal was to encourage leadership and teamwork and also allow the community to learn about Scraper Bikes. These flyers with details about the contest were handed out to kids in the community.
The brochure was handed out to parents in the community to teach them about the organization and how to get involved.
For the guerrilla campaign we painted giant scraper bike wheels on abandoned buildings.
Posters will be placed all around Oakland, in bus stops, BART stations, and schools.
The website shows past events, promotional videos, and how to donate bike parts.
USAID Against Colombia
Did you know that Colombia has received over 8 billion dollars from the United States in its ongoing civil war? USAID has delivered thousands of weapons to Colombia, which have been used to terrorize its people.
My goal is to educate young Americans on how their tax money is being spent.
I set up this installation in a college to spark conversation on the topic of American aid.
Emulating a Russian Doll, when you lift up a box, a smaller box appears with more information about the war and its funding by the U.S. government.
The last box contains an envelope which is pre-addressed to Congress to encourage college students to take action.