CONTACT

@jesicarson

jesi [dot] carson [at] gmail [dot] com

Traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations
[aka]
Vancouver, BC, Canada

BIO

As co-director of the Vancouver Design Nerds︎︎︎, Jesi produces design jam events and urban installations, contributing to a more awesome city through participatory engagement and design thinking facilitation. Virtually and in person, Jesi supports her clients to co-design, prototype and test real world solutions.

Jesi additionally leads design for Participedia, a global research partnership interested in democratic innovations. Through participatory design rooted in feminist HCI theory, Jesi’s team built and maintains the award-winning open source crowdsouring platform, Participedia.net︎︎︎.


EDU

MDes
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
[2016 - 2018]
Master’s Degree, Interdisciplinary Design Research

BDes
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
[2009 - 2013]
Bachelor’s Degree,  Interaction Design

WORK

Studio for Extensive Aesthetics︎︎︎, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
[2020 - Present]
Research Fellow & Studio Manager
  • Support production of projects and artistic research, including experiments in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Vancouver Design Nerds︎︎︎
[2016-Present]
Co-Director & Project Lead
jesi@designnerds.org
  • Production of placemaking initiatives and urban interventions, such as Bird Bath and the Vancouver Bubble
  • Production of design jam events
  • Custom co-design and prototyping projects with clients


Participedia︎︎︎
[2015 - present]
Lead Designer & Communities Coordinator
info@participedia.net

Basic Design
[2013 - 2016]
Co-Founder & Design Partner
  • Design and fabrication of upcycled consumer products
  • Design and fabrication of custom interior design and furniture for clients
  • Production of educational upcycling events and workshops

Cultivate Projects
[2012 - 2016]
Co-Founder & Project Coordinator
  • Design and implementation of community-led urban agriculture projects

Henriquez Partners Architects︎︎︎
[2013 - 2015]
Graphic Designer
  • Design and production of reports, open house boards, award submissions, RFQs, architectural wayfinding and other projects  
  • Production of in-house blog Archimemo
  • Website and social media management

CityStudio Vancouver︎︎︎
[2012]
Web-Based Communications Intern
  • Development of Web-Based Communications Handbook
  • Website and social media management

IBI Group Architects︎︎︎
[2011-2012]
Graphic Designer
  • Design and production of architectural renderings,slideshows, presentation boards, publication layouts and other projects

Emily Carr University of Art + Design︎︎︎
[2011]
Research Assistant
  • Co-designed unique, user-centered research methods to engage stakeholders and inform Lions Gate Hospital foyer space redesign
  • Produced comprehensive report for Vancouver Coastal Health and IBI Group Architects

Basecamp International Centers
[2006 - 2008]
Marketing Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
  • Redesigned brand identity and produced marketing collateral
  • Developed and implemented Campus Representative marketing strategy
  • Managed BaseCamp Nicaragua in 2007 and BaseCamp Nepal in 2008, including coordination of volunteer placements, orientation, language training and in-country support




Jesi Carson Creative 2020
Traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations [aka] Vancouver, BC, Canada