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

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


Jesi Carson is a design researcher and interaction designer specializing in community engagement and creative facilitation. Her current roles include Design Technology Lead of Participedia︎︎︎, Co-director and Board President of the Vancouver Design Nerds︎︎︎, and Co-founder of the Global Classroom for Democracy Innovation︎︎︎. She has published and presented her collaborative work at various conferences and scholarly events, including the International Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, the Participatory Design Conference and the American Institute of Graphic Arts MAKE Conference for Educators.


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

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


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︎︎︎
Co-Director & Project Lead
  • 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

[2015 - present]
Lead Designer & Communities Coordinator

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  
  • Lead editorial team for Archimemo online publication
  • Website and social media management

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

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

Emily Carr University of Art + Design︎︎︎
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 2021
Unceded territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations [aka] Vancouver, BC, Canada

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