Education Art Center Media Design Students’ â€œDesign for UNICEFâ€ Showcased in New York Article and Photo courtesy of ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN Published on Monday, April 1, 2013 | 3:01 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Subscribe 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Art Center Media Design CenterArt Center Media Design Practices graduate students, in collaboration with the Collegeâ€™s Designmatters social impact department, were in New York last week, showcasing groundbreaking projects that feature insights from design research and prototypes created at the UNICEF Innovation Lab in Kampala, Uganda. The event was part of â€œDesign for UNICEFâ€ last Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the UNICEF House, located in the Danny Kaye Visitors Centre at the United Nations.The seven studentsâ€™ projects grew out of a partnership between Art Centerâ€™s MDP graduate program and the UNICEF Innovation Lab aimed at addressing issues of sustainability, access and equity. Faculty members Chris Csikszentmihalyi, Sean Donahue and anthropologist Elizabeth Chin head up the team. The student cohort â€” Jeff Hall, Maria Lamadrid, Judy Toretti, Betsy Kalven, Elizabeth Gin, Jacob Brancsi and An Mina â€” made multiple visits to Uganda and immersed itself in a broad range of issues challenging the countryâ€™s youth.The cutting-edge program works to develop new methods and technologies that will help advance the efforts of UNICEF. Among the design-oriented solutions the students are developing: ways to empower youth through enhanced connectivity and data transfer; prototypes to expand womenâ€™s access to digital technology; and new spaces and tools for dialogue around topics such as nutrition and womenâ€™s rights.â€œThinking through making immerses students in works about ethnography, colonialism and post colonialism. They also delve into political economy, feminism, structuralism, post structuralism and other theoretical perspectives,â€ Chin told MetropolitanMag.com. â€œKey to this approach is taking the time to immerse ourselves in the culture and context as much as possible, rather than coming in with an idea of what needs to be done.â€While the overall goal of the MDP research is to strive for dramatic innovations and new technologies, there already have been suggested improvements that can make an immediate impact. For example, the studentsâ€™ research revealed that women and girls are deterred from using Internet cafes in Uganda due to their male-dominated environments. As a result, UNICEF plans to redesign approximately 100 Internet cafes to address this issue. Additionally, UNICEF will begin revising aspects of its U-report system, which enables free speech via SMS technology. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.