Share Boards

Designing a platform to publicly share and exchange information.

Transparency.  Let's make clear what people are working, what our individual skill sets and resources are, and what our availability to help is.  More often than not someone close by can help you solve problems whether it be graphic design, programming, story framing, or what adhesive use.  If we know who to ask for help we can spend a little less time trying to fix a stupid a Arduino coding error on our own. The right person will gladly help you. Because feeling helpful is euphoric.


Siloing within the RISD Master of ID (Industrial Design) department. First year students, second year students, and teachers are disconnected from one another, making it difficult to understand people's interests and expertise.


I designed the Share Board, a participatory artifact geared towards increasing interpersonal information opacity and promoting collaboration. The initial board was built for the graduate ID department at RISD.  I then created a folded paper version of the board, making the resource accessible and easy to implement in other communities. Share Boards are part of my graduate thesis body of work. 

How Share Boards Work

Share Boards are platforms for individuals to publicly share and exchange information that might otherwise be unknown to the community. The boards use a system of cards held in slots to guide participation. Community members add Topic Cards in relation to the board's subject. And add Person Cards to topics they feel aligned with. It’s a space to gather resources and start conversations.

Share Boards at RISD

Hope to Learn  πŸ –  Practicing   πŸ –  Happy to Help

The subjects I selected for the board at RISD are designed to promote a linear progression (learning to practicing to helping), identify common interests, and build relationships between community members with varying levels of expertise. These topics are based on a similar community board at IDEO.