María del Carmen Lamadrid is a media designer and tinkerer from Puerto Rico currently based in Los Angeles. María holds a BFA in Image and Design from Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico and a MFA in Media Design from the Media Design Practices/Field program at Art Center College of Design. She authored the “Social Design Toolkit”, a object that focuses attention on the darker side of neoliberal practices in Social Design and how the field is maturing by commoditizing itself into checklists and naïve parachute practices.
Currently, she wears many hats. María splits her time as Adjunct Faculty at Woodbury’s School of Media, Culture & Design, Senior UX Designer for CRGi and Organizer for the Public Lab.
In her spare time, María enjoys biking with friends and yarn-bombing unsuspecting officemates.
Shawn Jackson is an engineer and an interaction designer in Los Angeles. He’s worked on information graphics and icon systems at frog, and web development and ethnographic research at Kaiser Permanente Innovation Consultancy. More recently, he designed a user interface for data visualization and built interactive installations for public outreach at NASA/JPL.
In 2014, Shawn graduated (MFA) from Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design. His Data Agents thesis project explored the implications of handing over our personal data stream to autonomous programs (Agents) that can analyze it and make decisions on our behalf.
Shawn's practice is profoundly interested in leveraging technologies that can foster communication, introduce delight and lead to moments of discovery in our everyday transactions.