Improving air quality

Co-designing with doulas

Creating meaningful metrics

Adapting wayfinding


Fostering slow conversation

Playing in public

Reinventing the library

Designing an exhibit

User Experience

Telling the Soofa story

Prototyping an interface


Making eye contact



Gabrielle Clarke is a human-centered designer, design researcher, and strategist from San Diego, California. She graduated from Olin College of Engineering in 2018 with a degree in engineering and a concentration in human-centered design. She loves thinking about challenging problems at the system level, and also refining small details.

She is currently a Product Design Associate at Livongo Health.

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We identified a largely unused space on Olin’s campus, the entry of the main administrative building, as an ideal location for our experiement. The unoccupied front desk became our work station, and furniture borrowed from the campus library created spaces for people to gather. We played mellow music to set the ambiance in the open atrium.

We drew upon the coffee and tea expertise of community members to build our menu and procedures, and the pottery skills of a professor to supply the pop-up with ceramic mugs.

We chose to serve pour-over coffee and loose-leaf tea: intentionally slow beverages that left space for conversation between community members.