BFA | Industrial Design
Hi! My name is Emily Olson and I am a BFA in Industrial Design. I’m a big city gal from New York and London and have a lifelong passion for designing experiences that bring people together in a more connected way. I have a hobby of still being amazed by everything in the world around me and constantly inspired by the creative work of this world. I love long walks on the beach and heated debates about the state of society with my loved ones, but most importantly, I love cuddling with my newly adopted pup named Ruthie. She’s pretty cool.
My goals as a designer are to leave this world better than when I found it, continually think deeper about the questions I run into, and never stop learning.
My thesis began simply by wanting to enhance the museum experience. I saw a need to change how we designed exhibition spaces with tightly controlled narratives and passive audiences, into something that we can relate to, and gain community from. What I found as I researched and designed, was Conversations in Space. Because passive experiences don’t just start and end in museums. We are immersed in them in all aspects of our lives, most increasingly in the digital world. These public spaces want to give their audiences the answer, the way to think, the way to be- ultimately eroding our agency as individuals and as a community. Conversations in Space inverts this interaction framework, a digital experience that opens our eyes to a new way of seeing the world, in its layered beauty. It allows us to participate when we want, contribute when we want, and experience the breadth of thought from our communities, both friends and strangers.
It’s a tool that revolutionizes the audience/user experience from something passive to something endlessly engaging. Most importantly, to the benefit and empowerment of the user herself. We all have a story to tell, and each contribution not only adds to the value of the experience but helps a person on the other side of the screen feel once again connected to their respective communities. It not only delivers a connected communication experience but preserves the pulse of our societies for those who come after us, who desire to understand who we were as a community.