Communitology Project

Concrete Safaris ( is an afterschool program for East Harlem youth which provides health education, physical activity, and community transformation project design and implementation. Concrete Safaris benefits from hundreds of volunteers each year operating in a variety of capacities, both short- and long-term. This course had two simple but challenging goals: build upon the success of Concrete Safaris' "Green Exercise Days" volunteering events through better onboarding training; and, create greater connections between volunteers and East Harlem communities.  In this Collab Studio, my team and I came up with solutions about problems related to volunteer processes by using co-design practices and iterative design processes to prototype.

Project | MFADT 2017 Collaborative Studio: Communitology with Concrete Safaris 
Role | Design Research, Visual Design, Prototyping, User Testing, Production
Tools | Illustrator, Photoshop, Laser Cutter
Team Members | Tuba Ozkan, Eduarda Aun, Rose Kramer, Hsuan Lin, Sarah Fried 

First Meeting: Brief & Site Visit

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Phase 1: User Research: Volunteer Day at Urban Gardens


Design Questions

"How might we have volunteers understand and better engage with the context and the goals of the community gardens within Concrete Safaris?"

1 |  What if we explain the goal of community gardens within Concrete Safaris and the process of working there visually in a video to be displayed on their website or other volunteer platforms? 

2| What if we design an icebreaker game which introduces volunteers to each other and provides information about the past and present of the neighborhood?

3| What if we design a flexible and interactive map of the garden with a layout of the activities that ease the process of distributing roles and objectives of each task?


Second Meeting: Presentations


User Test 1

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Phase 2: Iteration and Third Meeting


User Test 2


User Test 3 

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Final Deliverables: Volunteer Guidebook, Maps of Gardens, Role Cards and Role Pins


 Selected Works