Designer Portraits | History Design Studio

Footprints Across Time:
Meet the Designers

Portraits of those whose stories made the exhibition possible
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“How will we share the stories that are too important for words?”

As part of the History Design Studio Spring 2019 Exhibition, “Footprints Across Time,” we are excited to share video interviews of 9 of the 11 designers who contributed projects.* These portrait-vignettes highlight the unique backgrounds, motivations, and perspectives of each of the members of the cohort who offered their multimedia historical projects toward what became its own shared design project: a public exhibition space.

The voices behind each of the projects in the gallery are as varied as they are distinct, yet each has come to the History Design Studio with what has emerged as a shared mission: to communicate to wider publics stories that exceed the written form. For each of these designers, multimedia forms were the key to honing their message, expanding their narrative approaches, and reaching wider audiences. We are humbled to have witnessed their growth throughout the year and celebrate their collective debut in the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery.

The show features stories drawing from personal genealogy, contemporary geopolitics, revolutions of the past, calls-to-action in the present, historical revision, reimagining our shared assumptions, portraits of known and lesser-known figures, and homages to personal heroes. The richness of these multimedia projects—we believe—can be approached by chronicling the stories of the voices who made it possible. The vignettes serve as a testimony of the exhibition and as testament to the possibilities of the collaborative studio experience.

Amy Alemu and Robin McDowell, HDS Fellows
Dr. Vincent Brown, HDS Director




* "Footprints Across Time" also features the work of Ron E. Armstead and Thank You Tees.

We give special thanks to all those who made the exhibition possible, including Velma DuPont and the Hutchins Staff and Custodial Team, Pablo Gonzalez, Bob Snead, Colin Frazer, Lanfranco Aceti, and the HDS Teams that came before us.

See the exhibition by visiting the Neil L. and Angelica Rudenstine Gallery (104 Mt. Auburn Street, 3R) through the summer. On view 10am – 4pm. Free and open to the public.


Explore the designers’ video portraits by clicking “See the Portraits”

See the Portraits

“How will we share the stories that are too important for words?”

As part of the History Design Studio Spring 2019 Exhibition, “Footprints Across Time,” we are excited to share video interviews of 9 of the 11 designers who contributed projects.* These portrait-vignettes highlight the unique backgrounds, motivations, and perspectives of each of the members of the cohort who offered their multimedia historical projects toward what became its own shared design project: a public exhibition space.

The voices behind each of the projects in the gallery are as varied as they are distinct, yet each has come to the History Design Studio with what has emerged as a shared mission: to communicate to wider publics stories that exceed the written form. For each of these designers, multimedia forms were the key to honing their message, expanding their narrative approaches, and reaching wider audiences. We are humbled to have witnessed their growth throughout the year and celebrate their collective debut in the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery.

The show features stories drawing from personal genealogy, contemporary geopolitics, revolutions of the past, calls-to-action in the present, historical revision, reimagining our shared assumptions, portraits of known and lesser-known figures, and homages to personal heroes. The richness of these multimedia projects—we believe—can be approached by chronicling the stories of the voices who made it possible. The vignettes serve as a testimony of the exhibition and as testament to the possibilities of the collaborative studio experience.

Amy Alemu and Robin McDowell, HDS Fellows
Dr. Vincent Brown, HDS Director

* "Footprints Across Time" also features the work of Ron E. Armstead and Thank You Tees.

We give special thanks to all those who made the exhibition possible, including Velma DuPont and the Hutchins Staff and Custodial Team, Pablo Gonzalez, Bob Snead, Colin Frazer, Lanfranco Aceti, and the HDS Teams that came before us.

See the exhibition by visiting the Neil L. and Angelica Rudenstine Gallery (104 Mt. Auburn Street, 3R) through the summer. On view 10am – 4pm. Free and open to the public.


Explore the designers’ video portraits by clicking “See the Portraits”

See the Portraits


About the Exhibition

Footprints Across Time



Over the past year, eleven designers convened in the History Design Studio Workshop to develop, interpret, and apply new forms of historical narration to stories and research that exceed written language. In “Footprints Across Time,” we honor this commitment to rigorous historical approaches by way of experimental and iterative design processes.

The projects span a variety of media and subject matter that reflect the diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and talents of our cohort. Many offerings are samples of works that exist far beyond the walls of this gallery.