Designers directly shape how people think and perceive things everywhere around them, all the time. With that much power, we have so many opportunities to engage in projects that inspire impact on both a local and global scale.
Eman is an Interaction Design Professor at Sheridan College, a multidisciplinary designer, and a futurist. Born in Toronto, and raised as a third culture kid — she has moved 33 times and lived in 18 different cities locally and abroad. Her upbringing has shaped her motto "Think Globally, Act Locally.”
With over 10 years experience in the realm of web/communication design, and information visualization - Eman chooses projects with underpinnings of community impact and empowerment. She’s worked on design/UX teams in a variety of different organizations including Facebook, Microsoft, the National Film Board of Canada, Roots Canada, Earth Day Canada, MLSE, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Toronto and Region Conversation Authority.
As an extension of her thesis at OCAD University, she’s been working with a variety of different charities/non-profits including SickKids, the United Way, and the David Suzuki Foundation to create strategies for increased engagement with Millennials. Eman believes that people are most compelling when they join forces and collectively create positive ripple effects for change.
With an interest in co-creative approaches to expand her skills in interdisciplinary design, Eman sought out the Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. The program focuses on creating a new kind of designer: "A strategist who sees the world from a human perspective and re-thinks what is possible; An innovator who can imagine, plan and develop a better world."
Recognizing the increasing importance and need for new thinking skills to positively impact society and manage organizational change, her journey throughout the Strategic Foresight and Innovation program emphasized complex problem finding, framing, and solving to envision and develop sustainable futures.
Eman's thesis is titled "Charity Starts at Home" and explores Millennials and their impact on the shifting landscape of the charitable and nonprofit sectors across Canada.
More than just a name. Eman-Design is all about building experiences. Design is the driving force that inspires growth and envelopes culture. It's all about thinking globally, but acting locally. Eman-Design fosters the fundamental idea that design is a tool that can empower and bring about positive change. Work that taps into the collaborative process and iterative thinking, coinciding with the strong belief that everyone has the potential to be a force for good.
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