Office of Open Studies

MPS Virtual Residency: Design Differently, Fall 2020

What does it mean to plan not with what we know in mind, but with what we don’t know?

MICA’s Mission is to EMPOWER students to forge creative, purposeful lives and careers in a diverse and changing world. THRIVE with Baltimore. MAKE the world we imagine. To do that, we need to learn to design differently.

What does it mean to plan not with what we know in mind, but with what we don’t know? It enables us to create innovative designs rather than derivative; thinking outside of the box means looking at ideas different from yours that come from thinkers different from you. For this residency, we challenge you to re-conceive what design looks like, and identify how you will challenge yourself to design differently moving forward in the program and in your life. 

The pink call to action buttons will take you to the schedule for the program you're in, which include zoom links for each keynote, workshop, and elective.  Keep scrolling to read the bios of each keynote, followed by FAQs. 

To note:
- All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time
- The Bias in UX elective with Zalyia Grillet will be rescheduled due to an emergency; registrants will receive notification of a follow up date as soon as it is scheduled.
- If you're having tech issues during the residency, please contact 

Residency Objectives

- Collaborate and build community with their cohort and faculty
- Think critically and creatively about design in their respective fields
- Network with industry professional and engage in discussions about career development
- Identify and consider issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity in the fields of data analytics, UXD, and business operations
- Self assess their knowledge and skills at this point in the program and develop a plan for the remainder
- Document and reflect on the residency experience
- Answer the question: what does Design Differently mean to you?

Ellen Lupton

Keynote Speaker / Friday, Oct. 9 at 10 am

Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, educator, and designer. Lupton is the Betty Cooke and William O. Steinmetz Design Chair at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore, where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, Graphic Design: The New Basics, and Type on Screen. She serves as a senior curator at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Recent exhibitions include Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus Master, Face Values: Understanding A.I., The Senses: Design Beyond Vision, Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, How Posters Work, and Beautiful Users. Her book Design Is Storytelling was published by Cooper Hewitt in 2017. She received the AIGA Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in 2007. She was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2019.

Sherrell Dorsey

Keynote Speaker / Saturday, Oct. 10 at 10 am

Sherrell Dorsey is the founder and CEO of The Plug, a digital news and insights platform covering the Black innovation economy. Her work has been featured in VICE, The Washington Post, Seattle Times, The Information, and more. Sherrell has been a contributing writer for notable publications like Columbia Journalism Review, Fast Company, Black Enterprise, and others. In 2018, she was named an inspiring woman in tech by CNet.

Prior to launching The Plug, Dorsey served as a marketing manager for companies like Uber and Google Fiber. She holds a Master's degree in data journalism from Columbia University.

Abby Covert

Keynote Speaker / Sunday, Oct. 11 at 10 am

Abby Covert is an information architect. After ten years of practicing information architecture for clients, Abby worried that too few people knew how to practice it themselves. She decided that the best way to help would be to teach this important practice. After two years of teaching without a textbook, Abby told her students that she intended to write the book that was missing from the world: a book about information architecture for everybody.

As she wrote the first draft, she identified a mess of inconsistencies in the language and concepts inherent in teaching an emerging practice. At the end of the semester, she had a textbook for art school students, but she didn’t have the book that she intended to write for everybody. She had gone in the wrong direction to achieve a short-term goal. She was frustrated and fearful of starting over. But instead of giving up, Abby faced her reality and used the advice in this book to make sense of her mess. To get to the book you are reading, she wrote over 75,000 words, defined over 100 terms as simply as she could, and tested three unique prototypes with her users.

She hopes that it makes sense.

Q: How do I view the entire residency schedule?

A: Download the MICA App by visiting:

Q: How can I follow along on twitter?

Follow @MICA_MPS on twitter or the tags #mps #mpsvirtualresidency #designdifferently

Q: Will there be any breaks? 
A: Each workshop facilitator will have built in breaks during their session. 

Q: Do I receive credits for the virtual residency? 
A: Yes, you will receive credit for attending the virtual residency and completing the required work during the 3-day virtual residency. 

For any tech related questions or concerns, contact or by phone: (410) 225-2201