Michele Washington

Michele Washington

Michele Washington is a design researcher and design strategist who works with non-profits, startups, and cultural institutions. She is currently a Columbia University Community Scholar and the founder of “CuriousStories Lab,” a curated series of podcasts and short docs on architects and designers of color. She has an MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts, and M.S. in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.

Michele Washington, Assistant Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
New York

Speculative Design + Research Paper // Michele Washington, Exhibition and Experience Design

This paper proposes a transformative framework for how Speculative Design—and more specifically, research methods—can be used as a model for student engagement and to enhance learning outcomes. The goal is for my students to become better critical thinkers and be more experimental with strategically tackling innovative, socially relevant design solutions. By prompting design students to shift more towards imaginative thinking to begin exploring new frameworks and new methods for design research processes.

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