My name is Codee Adams, and I am a senior Industrial Design student at the University of Cincinnati. While many of my peers may not be exposed to their respective fields until after graduation, our curriculum features a co-op program in which we work as a designer every other semester to gain real-life knowledge of the profession. The experiences I have had through this program vary tremendously in the nature of work as well as location- from a toy designer at Hasbro Inc.; a consultant designer in both Stockholm, Sweden and Cleveland, Ohio; and a ceramicist in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati I have gained more than just work experience. Currently completing my fifth and final co-op placement as a Social Impact Designer for Estufas Chispa in Antigua, Guatemala I am able to reflect on the personal and professional growth I have gained through the program.
I hope to use this blog as a form of that reflection. Having already spent two months here in Antigua, Guatemala I have had time to wrap my head around what it means to work in Social Impact. I have begun to adjust to day-to-day life, and most importantly I am understanding the realities of working for a small startup in a greatly underserved region of the world. The importance of adaptability- if I were to summarize a key lesson so far, that would be it. What I continue to learn, and what I hope to help others understand, is the importance of Social Impact Design and the intricacies of just what it takes to create real positive change.