Maggie Gram is a digital product designer, design researcher, and cultural historian. She leads teams at Mohr Design, a digital product studio based in Brooklyn; teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD; and is writing a book on the idea of design in the twentieth century.
As a designer and design researcher, Maggie works with clients to imagine, prototype, and test tools that will solve problems for people at work. Current and past clients include Google, Merck, Marriott, Nestle, AARP, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
As a cultural historian, Maggie investigates what “design” means in U.S. and global culture, and she asks how it accrued both its meaning and its cultural value. She aims to use history not only to illuminate contemporary culture but to inform everyday design practice.
Maggie received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. In addition to MICA, where in 2020 she received the Trustees’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, she has taught at Washington University in St. Louis; Harvard; and Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. She’s 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/UX designer and manager for the digital agencies Medullan and Slalom.