B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Pizza)

Design Department Meet-Up and Social
Tuesday, Sept. 22
6pm — 7:15pm
Open to all design students and faculty

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 958 2260 5435
Passcode: 049933

Department Announcements
Meet the Faculty (part of an on-going series)
• Charlie Conn: Iconn Brand Architecture
• Tuyen Bui-Lally: justetutu.com
• Shalini Prasad: de.shacreative.net

Four $25 gift cards to Grub Hub or Door Dash! You must attend the event to be entered into the raffle.

The Black Grid and Typographic Design System: Miller’s Color DNA as Design Language

Renowned guest lecturer Cheryl D. Miller Holmes in Kristina Lamour Sansone’s Language of Design class next week! Everyone from the Lesley community are welcome to attend (students, faculty, staff & alumni).
Cheryl D. Holmes Miller
Lecture and Q&A on Zoom
Monday, September 14
8:00am – 10:30am EST
If interested, please contact: Kristina at klamour@lesley.edu
Cheryl D. Holmes Miller is an American graphic designer and artist. She is known for her contributions to racial and gender equality in the graphic design field. You can learn more about Miller’s significant contributions to design here.

Your First Role in UX

User Experience Monthly Meetup

Monday, August 31, 2020
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM Eastern Time

So, you want to work in UX? What kind of UX job are you looking for (agency, freelance, software, enterprise, etc.)? In this meetup, you’ll swap stories and learn from others who’ve successfully made the transition to a career in UX. Which skills are transferrable? How do you acknowledge your past experiences while demonstrating new skills? What’s the biggest challenge to breaking into your first role? Come prepared to share your own background, goals, and interests and learn from others who’ve already made the transition.


  • Introductions
  • Panelists share their past and current experiences
  • Audience specific questions and discussion

Register at: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

BIPOC Design Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

A great event being hosted by MIT Libraries!

Join MIT Libraries and students from MIT DUSP and MIT Architecture for the “BIPOC Design Wikipedia Edit-a-thon” August 17 – 21. During this weeklong series of events, participants will create new pages and edit existing ones for Black, Indigenous, People of Color designers in the built environment. No experience editing wikipedia is necessary to attend and participate!
This event is part of the “BIPOC Design Archive Project,” a digital archive of Black, Indigenous, People of Color designers in the built environment. This summer, students across the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and MIT Libraries have joined forces to create this resource, initially focused on the U.S., that highlights those who have made—and continue to make—contributions to design in education and in practice.
For more information and registration visit bit.ly/BIPOCdesignreg
Questions? Contact bipocdesign@mit.edu or Kai at kaias@mit.edu.

Don’t forget: Register for Fall 2020 classes!

Announcement for Fall 2020 registration

Hello new, transfer, and returning Design students! Make sure to register for your fall 2020 classes if you haven’t yet. It is important to enroll in classes to ensure that you are able to get a schedule that you are happy with. If you have any questions about your fall schedule, or web registration in general, email Heather Shaw or your academic advisor.

We look forward to seeing you this fall!

Build for Black Lives

Build for Black Lives

Attention Design students and alumni!

@buildforblacklives has projects that are seeking pro-bono design services for Black-owned businesses. The organization has experience running hackathons that bring together Computer Science majors with other disciplines. See information below if you are interested in viewing their open projects.

From their website: “Build for Black Lives is a platform built to connect anti-racist individuals with activists, organizers, and Black-owned businesses to provide pro bono work creating websites, apps, graphics, social media content, data visualizations, and other projects. Our aim is to provide pro-bono services as a means of working towards justice and reparations for a community that has been systematically oppressed, exploited, and underserved by the tech and design industries.

Build for Black Lives was created by HackBeanpot, a 501(c)(3), Boston-based hackathon that aims to build a diverse, inclusive, learning-focused tech community. Given that racism has long been an issue in the tech space, we started this platform to bring the anti-racist tech community together to take action to support Black lives and fight white supremacy.”


UX Meet-Ups

User Experience Monthly Meetup

Meet Up: UX Teams and how they work

Monday, July 27, 2020 8:00–9:30 PM Eastern Time

Where does UX sit and what does it “look like” within an organization? In this session, our panelists, many of whom work with teams distributed around the planet, will share how their teams are structured and how UX works with other team members. They’ll touch upon the methods that they use, and how the team set up reflects that. 


  • Jesse Kaddy, Associate Director, Experience Design (UX, UI), Wayfair (Internet Retail company: where product teams are organized into “super-pods”)
  • Mary Lee, UX Manager, NetApp (Hardware company: where the UX team is distributed)
  • River Brandon, 2VP of Design in Traveler’s Enterprise CX team (Insurance company: how teams are set up in enterprises, UX & SaFE)
  • Jonathan Lupo, Head of Experience Design, North America, EPAM/Continuum (Global agency: End-to-end services that combines business and innovation strategy, experience design, technology consulting and best-in-class software engineering to deliver results on a global scale.)
  • Adamya Ashk, Senior Director, Digital Transformation & Design Strategy, Accenture Interactive/Fjord (Global agency: We design Experiences that make people’s lives better by reimagining industries, value propositions, products, services and operating models.​)

Register at: https://tinyurl.com/yxz6mv8r

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.