Maggie Gram is a digital product designer, design researcher, and cultural historian. She is a design lead at Mohr Design, a digital product studio based in Brooklyn. She’s also writing a book on the meaning role of design in American life in the twentieth century.
As a designer and design researcher, Maggie leads the conceptualization, design, and prototyping of complex systems and tools. She’s happiest when collaborating with potential users and with interdisciplinary teams to solve hard problems. Current and past clients include Google, Merck, Marriott, Nestle, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
As a cultural historian, Maggie asks what “design” means in U.S. and global culture. When and why do we use “design” to refer to a practice primarily concerned with how things *look*? — or, alternatively, to one concerned with how things *work*? How did “design” come to refer to a commitment to the needs of end users? How did it become a way of thinking (“design thinking”) unto itself? Maggie’s goal is to use history not only to illuminate contemporary culture but also to inform practical design practice.
Maggie received her PhD from Harvard University. She teaches digital product design at the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA), and in the past has taught at Washington University in St. Louis, Harvard, and Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. She has been a postdoc at MetaLAB (Harvard’s experimental design lab at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society) and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She also has worked as a product and UX designer for two the digital agencies Medullan and Slalom.