CAMD Alumni Speakers
Master of Fine Arts | Information Design & Data Visualization | Class of 2016
Skye is a data-driven designer and marine scientist. Her diverse background on the ocean—having sailed 100,000 miles around the globe—fuels her abiding belief in the power of art and design to critically engage citizens with the ecological complexities and dependencies of our planet. Skye’s work uses data-driven design and visual storytelling to investigate the relationship between nature and technology-mediated human expectations and experiences. Through in situ investigations, frequently in marine and aqueous locations, she seeks to more deeply explore our human understanding of what information and systems make a place ‘a place’ and communicate this through design that transcends traditional academic formats. Skye currently consults for the United Nations Environment Programme as a Knowledge Management and Digital Partnership Specialist. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Collaborative Design and Design Systems graduate program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Since graduating from Northeastern, Skye has been the Design Director at data visualization studio Periscopic in Portland, Senior Researcher on TBA–21 Academy’s Ocean Archive project out of Europe, and she has freelanced for clients ranging from The Nature Conservancy to Nike. Skye has authored multidisciplinary publications in Science, Slate, Migrant Journal, Popular Science, Roads & Kingdoms, and Public Radio International, among others. Her latest data-driven work won a National Geographic global innovation challenge first prize. Skye’s installations have been exhibited at Science Gallery Dublin, the European Parliament in Brussels, the shores of Bali, at Palmer Station, Antarctica, and more. Skye holds an MFA in Information Design and Visualization from Northeastern University and a BS in Biology from Oregon State University.
Jha D Williams
Bachelor of Science | Architecture and Urban Studies | Class of 2008
Jha D is a Senior Associate and Co-Director of the Public Memory and Memorials Lab at MASS Design Group. Before joining MASS, she worked as a Designer at Sasaki Associates for four years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Northeastern University and her Master of Architecture I from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, she taught design studios at the Boston Architectural College. Outside of architecture, Jha D is a spoken word artist, event producer and overall SpaceMaker for the LGBTQ+ communities of color. She has been performing and organizing events for the past 15 years, and is the Founder of the “if you can Feel it, you can Speak it” Open Mic Movement. In 2016, Jha D became the new Executive Director & Producer of Womxn of Color Weekend – a 4-day Pride festival designed to elevate, strengthen, and celebrate LGBTQ+ women of color, non-binary and genderfluid people of color, and accomplices. Jha D’s poetry and space making is an exploration of identity, sexuality and self-realization, and she professes that there is “undeniable art in expressing your own truth.”