2016: POWER PUBLICS: FULFILLMENT, Sean Donahue

Summer Research Residency

Faculty Research

Power Publics: Fulfillment interrogates the potential to insert design into where power is concentrated, exercised and distributed. Defining power as the infrastructures, conversation spaces and production mechanisms that insulate and facilitate opportunities to wield influence or decision-making over systems of consequence to people and communities of practices.

Lead Researcher: Sean Donahue

Student Research Assistant: Amanda Jensen

Alumni Research Associate: Ana Monroe

Sean Donahue is Principal of RCD/LA (ResearchCenteredDesign/ Los Angeles), a multi-disciplinary practice devoted to using design as the vehicle to engage global issues in local contexts and a founding faculty member of the Graduate Media Design Practices+Field Program at Art Center College of Design. Sean’s research ranges from media impact studies for city development, to hybrid languages for low and no-vision communities. He’s published internationally on the practice of media design, design research and social practice, and has lectured and held workshops at Harvard, Cal Arts, IDEO, The Royal College of Art and North Carolina State University, where he was also the 2004 Designer-in-Residence. Most recently his work is has been included in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Triennial, The California Design Biennial and included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum. www.rcdla.com