Research

Improving air quality

Co-designing with doulas

Creating meaningful metrics

Adapting wayfinding


Design

Fostering slow conversation

Playing in public

Reinventing the library

Designing an exhibit


User Experience

Telling the Soofa story

Prototyping an interface


Art

Making eye contact

Printmaking





About

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.


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Playing in public


A Mormon missionary, a shaman, and two college students meet in the park...Diverse users of the Boston Common park gather to play on our seesaw. Pictured here are college students, a shaman, and a Mormon missionary.



Challenge

Following the November 2016 Presidential election, it became very clear to me that the people of this country were (and are) struggling to hear and understand each other's opinions and beliefs. People across the political spectrum felt unheard, disrespected, and even victimized during this election.


Objective

Encourage conversation and understanding between, or even just acknowlegement of, strangers.


Approach

We built wooden seesaws and installed them guerrilla-style in Boston Common. The seesaw provides a platform for communication via a mutually-understood game of raising and lowering, of finding balance together and establishing trust. The seesaw force people to sit face-to-face.

We labeled the ends of our seesaw "stranger 1" and "stranger 2," nodding to the lexicon of children's literature and inviting folks to play with a stranger.



Results

Our seesaws, when installed in a public space, invited passers-by to recall childhood memories and play.

They attracted the interest of a wide variety of passers-by: a pair of Mormon missionaries, a group of Haitian immigrants, a trans* woman, some college students, some children, and a shaman. We saw people engage with strangers that they might have otherwise ignored, and we ourselves made some new friends.