Current MFA CD Students
Kailey Fry is a professional photographer, and a transplant from Denver, with a portfolio that spans the west. As a type-1, insulin-dependent diabetic, she is heavily invested in healthcare reform, patient empowerment, and patient/doctor communication design. She aims to impact healthcare-induced trauma through design strategy, photography and other media to educate and alleviate the anxiety of long-term illness sufferers.
BA 2012 Brooks Institute, Photography
Olivia Güthling is a creative conductor of design projects. A Fulbright Scholar from Berlin, she has traveled throughout Europe, and lived in Istanbul and Nepal, always testing limits.
Her visual, aesthetic and conceptual work includes engagements with design agencies, corporations, musicians, performers, writers and artists. She makes graphic design speak, projects move on, stories unfold, and art transcend boundaries.
BA University of Applied Science – Potsdam, Visual Communication Design, summa cum laude
Jake is a designer and urban curator from Ogden, Utah. Fascinated by group / ego interaction, he has cofounded two artist collectives and curated several collaborative exhibitions. He is currently applying concepts of collective identity to urban design strategies and community development. He is an entrepreneur who activates cultural capital to explore the unknown and misunderstood.
BFA, Sculpture, Business Administration (minor), University of Utah
Alicia is exploring human – environment interaction though research in apparel systems and materials science. She works with apparel companies to design for emerging urban, demographic and environmental trends and markets. Her research, and market analysis for multiple art non-profits, has been published in Portland Business Journal, Oregon Business Magazine and Untitled Magazine.
BA 2009 Portland State University, Art History
Shannon is a social designer working at the interface of urban planning, cultural empowerment and front-end software development. As a volunteer for the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) she works on the Steering Committee for Portland Development Commission’s Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative Project known as Jade District, chairing the communications committee.
BA 2013 University of Oregon, Digital Art,
(Minors – Computer Information Technology, Chinese)
Jessica is a professional photographer and designer who uses collaborative-based design processes to gain insight and empower change. She employs visual and systems thinking, storytelling, ethnographic research, cameras, sharpies, and Post-it notes. As an entreprenuer, environmental advocate, and former Naval Officer, Jessica brings a unique perspective that informs her design process. Her capston focuses on time perception and modern life.
M.S. 2013 Johns Hopkins University Environmental Science and Policy
B.S. 2000 Oregon State University Environmental Science
What makes change happen?
Crystal Rome is a designer interested in how decisions and behavior shape the future. Using complexity economics and behavioral psychology, she is investigating innovative market strategies that can shift economic trends to create new possibilities for equitable value exchange. Crystal’s background includes fine art, design, organic farming, and playing accordion in a gypsy bluegrass band.
BA 2008 University of Colorado Anthropology and Classical Archaeology
Melody is an experimental comedian and designer with a passion for helping individuals find their voice through humor. Largely inspired by Huizinga’s conceptual Magic Circle, Melody wants to create a safe space for funny people to be… funny. She combines pedagogy practices with performance design to create a participatory environment during her comedy routines, where the audience is encouraged and expected to contribute. This format gives agency to the audience and allows individuals to develop confidence in their comedic ideas (jokes, for the layman). Her style of groupthink comedy is more than entertainment— it is an immersive opportunity for funny people to take the stage, without having to take the stage.
Jessica is an artist and designer whose background includes studies in fine arts, environmental studies, and philosophy. She has worked for a variety of educational organizations, including: The Portland Children’s Museum, The Boys & Girls Club, and currently the Sun School.
Jessica is researching the application of yoga and meditation for artists. She has always been fascinated by creating healthier people and environments and hopes to work closely with artists in Portland to do just that. She is passionate about making art and fascinated by the creative process.