Hello! Nice to meet you.
My name is Carlye and I am a design researcher, innovation strategist, and avid adventurer currently located in Singapore. I was raised in Pittsburgh, but call Colorado (and the mountains) home.
I completed my PhD in Design Theory & Methodology in 2018, and my thesis used applied ethnographic methods to understand and improve prototyping efforts in companies. I am currently a Design Innovation Fellow at the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre (IDC) in Singapore, where I am develop tools to support designers, facilitate design innovation workshops, and consult and co-create with companies.
I am passionate about using design to solve complex social problems. In 2015, I founded the Design for America Studio at CU Boulder, which trains students to use design innovation for social good. Over the last 8 years, I have lead or consulted numerous projects ranging from developing toys to increase social-emotional competencies in children with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; to partnering with Borough + Block to use design to create more equity in education; to building entrepreneurial pathways for students through the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative at CU Boulder.
As a design researcher and innovation strategist, I thrive on interdisciplinary teams, leveraging expertise from seemingly different fields to solve complex problems. I am a connector of dots and outside-the-box thinker. I believe in a bias towards action, building to think, and that you can truly prototype anything.
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, experimenting with new foods, reading and writing on @medium, and challenging myself in new ways. One current endeavor is home-brewing kombucha and perfecting cold-brew coffee.