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Rachel Abrams

Former Adjunct, Class of

Courses Taught: Service Design for Public Space
Widespread Content: Mapping Narratives

Rachel's interest in mapping, storytelling and information spaces has developed over a decade of explaining with pictures and illustrating with words, telling compelling stories across all kinds of media: As an exhibition and interaction design strategist for Intel, Samsung and other clients at Imagination, the global exhibition and design consultancy; as an information architect for IBM's web site; as a graduate intern at Nokia, and in the mid-90s, as a current affairs/political researcher in the UK Parliament.Rachel is a Creative Director at Turnstone Consulting, where she designs people-friendly, technology-mediated experiences for commercial spaces and public places. She is currently collaborating on the way-finding and environmental design for The Queens Museum of Art, as part of its ongoing renovation. As a 2006-7 Fellow of The Design Trust for Public Space, she co-edited Taxi 07: Roads Forward, a planning and policy report for New York City about the future of taxi cabs in the five boroughs. She writes regularly about the social implications of design and technology and has been published in print and online by The Economist, Adobe, Eye, BBC, eDesign, Frieze, Good, Graphics International, and others. Her interaction design work has been cited in the IBM Systems Journal, Wired, Fast Company and elsewhere. She received her undergraduate degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and her Master's degree in Computer Related Design from the Royal College of Art, UK. Originally from London, she has lived in New York since 2000. She has been a guest critic in design and technology graduate programs at ITP at NYU, Yale University and Parsons/The New School.