Happy 2021: A Year In Review

As we look back at 2020, we want to thank you for being an important part of our journey.

Last year was difficult. We’ve had many wins, but we’ve had some losses too. The unpredictability of this new climate has caused us to pivot in various ways. With your understanding and support, we will continue to push through. We are looking forward to 2021.

As we reflect back, we want to share how designExplorr is pushing through to continue our #1designgoal: To empower today’s youth with real-world skills, connections, and opportunities. We want to ensure tomorrow’s design profession has the best people leading the way.
Our 2020 highlights include:

Thinking Like A Designer (TLAD) plus creativity kit: Take designExplorr home with our TLAD plus creativity kit. These kits are great for all ages, especially our future designers.

Office and team: We are excited to share that 2020 brought us an office space and a new team! We welcomed a design & photography intern, a social media manager, and an administrative assistant.

Written works: Feel free to read Jacinda’s Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) article, How Designers Can Impact Diversity in Design, in the Winter 2020 edition of Innovation.

Speaking engagements: Jacinda presented throughout the year at a plethora of events. Such as the World Design Organization’s Pep Talk, the University & College Designers Association, and the Design Thinking Breakfast at Tulane University.
Memories and moments in 2020:

Discover more about our Think Like a Designer activity:

Watch the recap of our Think Like a Designer outdoor summer activity.

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Looking toward 2021, we are excited to share a few of our upcoming plans, thanks to all of you!

Takeovers at schools and organizations: Design Takeovers at schools for us are new. The designExplorr Takeover is an in-school series of sessions that explores the power of design. It introduces students to the design profession and how designers work. We will kick off 2021 with two Takeovers. We look forward to sharing our progress.

Partnerships: We are excited to continue our partnership with AIGA Cleveland, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Cleveland VOTES, and Visibility Marketing Inc. Your contributions and support of our events are welcomed and much appreciated. We can’t wait to see what else we do together.

Student Spotlights: We want to recognize the next generation of designers, particularly those from marginalized backgroundsOur student spotlights highlight graduating college seniors (undergraduate and graduate students) on our social media channels. We began this year, and our goal is to feature more in 2021. Reach out to us if you have a college senior you would like us to welcome into the profession.

Website updates and resources page: We made updates to our website by adding blog articles and launching a Resources page. Resources will include media, publications, professional associations and organizations, websites, inspiration, youth, and “People We Love.” By adding the Resources page, we are broadening our accessibility to children, college students, and parents.

We wish you Happy Holidays and good health! Thank you all for being a part of the designExplorr family. We look forward to sharing the year ahead with you.

Tahlia Gaulding

Tahlia Gaulding is an editorial intern here at DesignExplorr, and set to graduate from Cleveland State University this December with a BS in English-Creative Writing. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio; she writes poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Post-graduation she wants to work in the book publishing industry as a developmental editor.

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