social innovation . design fiction . speculative design
Building empathy in elementary schools to promote effective conflict resolution skills.
Designed a series of workshops that used storytelling and illustration to challenge gender norms and engage with the perspectives of others.
10 year old students observing layered perspectives.
Students' perspectives on gender and what it means to be a girl.
Reflecting on our work.
Identifying point of intervention.
Viewing the world through someone else's perspective.
Shifting society's perspective on aging.
Collaobrated with a group of older adults across Rhode Island to develop a toolkit, The Retirement Renewal, that outlines healthy aging principals. The goal of the toolkit is to help people of all ages rethink the meaning of aging and to empower older adults to design their own healthy aging experience.
Taking a Stand
Reflecting on what it means to take a stand.
Developed a workshop with elementary school children to help them foster the skills to stand up for what they believe and become self-assured citizens.
Constructed a connected shirt inspired by the sea of pink that unified participants during the worldwide protest and Women's March on January 21, 2017.
Biophilic Tiny House
Co-taught course, Biophilic Tiny House, at Rhode Island School of Design with Jeremy Bass.
Students constructed full-scale 150 square foot tiny house models using the principals of biophillic design and human factors.
What does the future of social media addiction look like?
Duck Face Muscle Relaxant - soothes and relaxes the facial muscles to counteract duck face tendencies.
Anti-Texting Thumb Caps - sleek and discreet while disabling the user from typing on their device.
Hashtaghetti Soup Mix - provides comfort when experiencing social media withdrawal.
#Foodporn Deterrent Photo Censorship - black liquid pigment that instantly renders all food unphotogenic. Odorless and tasteless.
Toys for American Children
Toys for American Children is a speculative design project that aims to stimulate discussion about the way western media outlets have chosen to represent the Syrian refugee crisis.
This collection of plush objects can either be seen as educational tools, or a representation of the struggle many face in addressing global issues and having difficult conversations. Through plush objects, we are able to imagine how one might confront their child about a global crisis in the intimacy of their home. But at the same time, we must critique the necessity of these tools.
Liel and Lentz is a Toronto-based contemporary jewelry design company which Maggie co-founded in 2011.
Liel and Lentz ran a Movember campaign every November, selling Movember themed jewelry pieces to raise funds and awareness for men's health projects.
Experimental Waste Management
How might we reduce litter in urban environments?
Conducted a study to test how visual, audio and gestural design can effect behavior change. Applied three design treatments to garbage cans to see how people reacted to them.
Trashcan 1 - visual
Trashcan 2 - tested motion design by attaching trashcan to an RC car
Trashcan 3 - tested response to audio with hidden speaker embedded in trashcan
Sweet Dreams moon pillow inspires new bedtime rituals through dream scenario building, imaginative play and storytelling.
Includes dream scenario prompts, notepad to record dreams, and pillow to store dreams before bed.