Hi Everyone,

I am Cassandra aka Ca$$andra aks Cassy aka Cass. You can call me any of these names. Here I am hanging out on a rooftop in Park Slope:



So about me: I grew up in El Paso, Texas or as we locals like to call it El Chuco. It is a border town and one of the safest cites in the US. It is on the border with Juarez, Mexico which is one of the most dangerous cities in the world (think No Country for Old Men). I am Mexican American. Here I am as a kid:


I studied filmmaking in my undergrad education. After graduation I worked as a documentary video editor at a small studio in Berkeley. I then started working at a consulting firm–Bassett & Partners. We specialize in ethnographic research and design/brand strategy. Ingrid’s job at IDEO is similar to what I did/do except we did not do prototyping. After years of working with/for many talented designers I decided that design school was for me!

If you want to know a little bit about some of the projects I have worked on (work and personal) you can check out the portfolio section on the website I made for my application to this program here.

I am really looking forward to this class and working with all of you! Here I am in Berlin at the Hamburger Bahnhof aka Museum für Gegenwart. The exhibit was ryoji ikeda’s db (decibel).


Willy Haha Chan

Hey Everyone! My name Is Willy. You can call me William, Will, or Willy. It really doesn’t matter. Im a recent graduate of Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Product Design. Majority of the work I do is mainly in ceramic or woodworking with some experience in plastic moulding. For the past three months ever since i graduated I’ve been working part time as a freelance design for Rablabs where we designed small scale luxury products. Below is an image of me ziplining on the longest and fastest zipline in the world just this past August!

Below are some images of my work recently. The first being a solar lamp that i designed for the biannual solar decathlon in Washington DC. Another image is of a ceramic chip and dip set thatw as designed for the Wedgewood collection for the london olympics and it was inspired by the London Velodrome. I also do photography for weddings on the side as well as wedding invitations.

Heres a link to my website if anyone is interested!


Katie McElroy

Hi! I’m Katie McElroy, a native Hoosier and graphic designer. I moved to NYC from Indianapolis two weeks ago with my husband Dan and my corgi Noah. My background is in architecture and visual art, and I attended Ball State University, in Muncie, IN, for both my Bachelor’s in Architecture and MA in Visual Art. I have been doing print and web design for the past three years, one year at an architecture firm and the other two as a freelance designer. I love all areas of design, and I’m excited to jump into product design and 3D design in general.

A project I’m proud of are my handmade calendars and books that I sell in my Etsy Shop.

I’m also proud of the electroforming and enameling projects I did in my master’s thesis.

You can find me online in a bunch of places: Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr which will eventually replace my freelance website. You can follow me on Instagram @kemcelroy.


emi yasaka

Hi! I am emi.


This is a picture of me running the National Snowshoe Championship race. (yes, there is such a thing!) I wasn’t joking about my snowshoeing.  Modern snowshoes don’t look like tennis rackets and they are made of lightweight aluminum frames.  I am one of those crazy people who runs marathons for fun.  I truly enjoy running on trails and to be in nature.

I am originally from Japan although I only lived there for 5 years. I moved a lot as a child and grew up in several different countries. I have an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. I spent my last 10 years in Minneapolis, Minnesota where I designed in-store experience and environments for Best Buy.  I also worked as a freelance graphic and product designer for different companies and organizations over the years.  Below is one of the projects I worked on with couples of my friends.  The bear is called RB and I modeled the 3D character for the production of this toy.



My older work is on coroflot and I am hoping to get my website up and running this year.  You can also find me on Facebook and Tumblr <-I haven’t updated this in many months.  You can also find me running on bike paths and streets.

matthew barber

Hello People

 My name is Matthew Barber and it has been a pleasure getting to know ya’ll.
I was born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin, and studied Economics as well as Communication Arts at UW Madison.  I moved to NYC close to 8 years ago and currently I live in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.  After working for 2 years in advertising, and another in market research, I began working with the artist duo Faile doing design and management, and shortly thereafter, started an online limited edition print shop called Paper Monster.  These projects have taught me a lot about the creative industries as well as helped me define my interests.
Last year I attended Pratt where I began my studies in industrial design.  I wanted to include an image of a prototype of a windowsill cat lounge I designed (mostly because I wanted to post an image of my cat).
I am not that involved currently with the internet, but you can find me on Facebook, and I blog at Paper Monster.  More to come….

Samantha Moore

Hi There =) I’m Sam. Here I am with crazy henna hair, which I am convinced will never grow out (I’m naturally blonde)


I am brand new to New York spending the last 7 years living in Philadelphia. I grew up in Maryland and was very hands on from a young age doing everything from canning, playing music, designing miniatures of spaces I’d like to visit and making felt from the fiber of these handsome guys:


I studied interior design at Drexel University and during those four years realized I was most drawn to the studios that involved designing and creating tangible objects. I try to make in a way that leaves as little waste as possible as this was how I was taught to live growing up. We would make wind chimes from leftover copper piping and our left over food went to our chickens for a snack rather than being tossed away, for example. I sell upcycled items in my Etsy shop.

Rings made from zipper scraps:


To scale butterfly mobile using an embroidery hoop missing the outer hoop and scrap card stock left over from furniture price tags at the showroom I worked for:


I am very excited to get down and dirty making all sorts of goodies and learning new ways of making. Here you can see my website, blog, facebook and last.fm to see what I enjoy listening to.


(One of my cats – Ben)

Joseph Joseph Joseph Joseph Joseph

Hello there now, I’m Joseph and this is where I grew up:


…in Toronto. The most formative experience for me was undoubtedly given to me at summer camp, Camp Shomria, in east Ontario. These are some of the most important people in my life:


It was there that I got my first my first opportunity to design games, write plays, organize events, and to teach. From then on informal education has been a dominant theme in my life. Separately, but not unrelated, I always wanted to be an inventor. I independently came up with the flying car before I was even 12. Some say I peaked early.

Since I left Toronto after high school, I’ve lived in Ottawa, Tel Aviv, and now New York, studying Industrial Design and Liberal Arts, as well as working at a design firm in Israel, and a number of educational institutions in NYC. Here are some of the annoying 12 year olds I taught:

I’ve done a lot of traveling, and that’s been a major source of inspiration for me. The picture at the top is from my recent trip to France and the three below are inspiring details I captured in Berlin, Beijing, and Granada.


My product design portfolio is available through coroflot, but there is nothing there from after 2010.

Zena Verda Pesta

Howdy Everyone!

Currently I reside in Do or Die Bedstuy in a princess room with a cat named Judy! I was raised in southern Kentucky twirling baton for 13 yrs and collecting porcelain dolls. My undergraduate degree is in Ceramics and if you stop by my place for some treats and eats you will notice a eclectic collection of table ware from all ova!

I have a love for cycling as transportation and roller dancing on Wednesday evenings at Crazy Legs Skate Club.  For the past 4 years I taught and ran the Ceramic Department at The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. During my tenure I indulged in education classes learning a good deal about the history of the New York Public educational system. I wish to use this knowledge and much more gained to work toward a goal of community and educational development through design.

Brighter than a lucky penny!

Inspired by this….

An Installation of 1,036 pieces at Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York

And This last video was a collaboration with a friend inspired by my mother and her life long obsession for the Illusion of Luxury!!!!!

Mansi Gupta

Hi, I’m Mansi! I grew up in India, mostly in a boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayas. I studied Computer Science and Economics at Bryn Mawr College, and then lived in San Francisco and London before moving to New York.


I love dance, Tibetan food, fashion, mountains and views, and cowboy boots. London is my favorite city, but Bhutan is the most beautiful place I’ve ever bribed anyone to visit – that’s me in the photo above, in Bhutanese clothes in Bhutan.

In college, I developed a computing curriculum for middle school students. Here is a life size maze we built for the students to steer their robots around in:


I’ve mostly seen design from a computing and programming stand point. I’m excited to learn and work on more hands-on projects in this class. I’ve recently begun chatting with independent designers in NYC and I write about them in this blog. If you ever need a pseudo expert at Indian cooking or Bollywood, please come find me!

Charlotta Nanina Varsanyi Hellichius

Yes, that’s my full name. 

I just moved to NYC a couple of days ago from Stockholm, Sweden and currently live in Brooklyn. I’ve done design ever since finishing secondary school. I jumped straight in to the student life of Lund University back in 2008 and took my undergrad in Industrial Design in 2011. Since then, Ive worked in Stockholm at a Design and Architecture firm called Claesson Koivisto Rune (you can check them out at http://www.ckr.se) The aspect of design that I love is that it allows you to make an impact on your surroundings. People always ask me why I started studying right out of school, and I think its because I feel Ive found what I love to do, but also what I feel I need to do.

Anywaay, here are some pictures to lighten the mood. So this is me and my (younger) sister when we were tiny

Since then Ive done a lot of this,

And, most recently, some of this

I have a passion for anything that makes our world a better place. Im an idealist and a problem solver, and I love to apply design to fields that usually dont use the design methodology.

Have a nice day.