SDM Semester 2: Studio + Design Leadership

After a great winter break, I’m back to school at Parsons for my MS in Strategic Design + Management. I’m doing this while working full-time and on-campus at night 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday).

This is Week 2 of the semester, so I’m definitely easing in. My classes are:

Studio (M, W):
My general review about Studio so far is that we’ve been focusing a lot on the brainstorming, creative process. Our professor is a Creative Director-type, so he is certainly an ideas person and helps facilitate our ideation. I like the free-form of the class because I believe that Studio is what you make of it and too much direction ends up making the project the professor’s project.

My teammates are Maria and Subrahi. They are from Colombia and India, with backgrounds in marketing and product design, so our diverse backgrounds will definitely complement each other. I really like my team and am excited to see what we will create.

Working in Studio with Subrahi, an Industrial Designer with her own line of artisanal ceramics from India.

Working in Studio with Subrahi, an Industrial Designer with her own line of artisanal ceramics from India.

Design Leadership (Th):
I had a great feeling after our first class because Design Leadership focuses a lot on self-reflection and awareness. We looked at leadership models in our own lives to see what characteristics we wanted to model ourselves after.

Students are expected to teach at least 2 classes, and I signed up with my classmate Vonetta to teach the next class on “Resonant Leadership and Systems Design.

What are your thoughts about leadership? What makes a good leader?