T. Annie Nguyen

"The only important thing about design, is how it relates to people. - Victor Papnek"

Human-centered designer and researcher obsessed with things related to social design, improving interactions and experiences, sustainability and dark chocolate. My emphasis is blending research and strategic planning to areas of interaction, service design and social innovation.

Prior to graduate school, I studied Communication Studies and Studio Art, then continued my interest in both fields with related work experiences staying continually surrounded by design. I got my feet wet with the design process while at Archeworks working on an interdisciplinary team. Their program focus is on design for the greater good using design to discover the best solutions by engaging people socially, personally and emotionally. This experience inspired me to expand my knowledge of design methodologies.

I am interested in working in a collaborative process to improve people's experiences and services through design as well as find ways to engage in social innovation practices.

I'm excited to be part of the OpenIDEO community!

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Pierce Gordon

April 07, 2014, 05:10AM

My name is Pierce Gordon, a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley. As a member of a group in a course at the Information School, we're running a study upon the innovative OpenIDEO community about the user experience.

We found you're a select designer of the OpenIDEO system that has been highly active in the system in many ways. We have selected you because of your active involvement, and expert opinion upon the use of the OpenIDEO website.

Would you like to participate in an online focus group of the website? If so, we would love to participate in a Google Hangout discussion with you, and a collection of up to five other active designers, upon the user experience of the OpenIDEO website.

All of our information will be disemminated to OpenIDEO engineers for the sake of bettering the community you have worked so hard to contribute

Please contact me at piercegordon1@gmail.com, or the OpenIDEO profile http://www.openideo.com/profiles/1225020236, if you are interested. Hope to hear from you soon!


October 13, 2013, 01:22AM
Given you've been such an OpenIDEO champion, we'd love it if you might join our quest to walk millions of miles for wellness, together: http://bit.ly/well-walk


September 01, 2013, 22:47PM
Congrats on being a double winner on our Healthy Ageing Challenge – way to go on your collaboration and concepting!

Jason Hendeles

August 31, 2013, 01:55AM
Hi Annie. Message me about this idea. We are working to launch a similar project.

jhendeles at gmail

Lynn Liss

August 29, 2013, 17:40PM
Annie - rock ON - both of your fabulous ideas we're selected - job well done - I can't wait to see these come to life during the realization phase!!!

Kenny Arnold

August 20, 2013, 14:33PM
Great quote by Victor Papanek!

I had the pleasure of meeting up to brainstorm and prototype for the Aging Well challenge. She coordinated a great meeting and was doing some great design thinking on the whiteboard!

Love to do it again

Cheng Zhang

August 05, 2013, 18:21PM
Dear Annie
It was a pleasure of reading your post.
I am Cheng Zhang, a master student from London School of Economics (LSE).

As I am writing a dissertation on OpenIDEO, can I send you a questionnaire for you to answer in about 10 days time?
I can see that you are an active participant, and I am really interested in finding out more about people like you.
If you do not have time it is totally understandable too! If you are interested, could you please send me an email to michael_528@hotmail.com ? Or you can tell me your email here;).
Best regards and many thanks
Cheng Zhang


June 07, 2013, 07:23AM
Congrats on being a winner on our Atrocity Prevention Challenge – way to go on your collaboration and concepting!
  A note explaining why Ann added T. Annie to their Team for this idea:
Ideas on how to illustrate.


March 29, 2012, 22:40PM
T. Annie has wowed us with her designerly goodness yet again! Her Voter Help Hub was a winner on our Voting Challenge and was boosted by her thoughtful visualisation skills. Way to go!

T. Annie Nguyen

March 31, 2012, 03:52AM
Thanks :) This definitely opened my eyes to the challenges people face during the voting process. There were so many great ideas and glad I could contribute as well!


January 24, 2012, 01:28AM
T. Annie certainly lived up to her profile description of being "obsessed with things relating to social design, improving interactions and experiences, sustainability..." with her winning Buy Locally, Connect Locally concept on our Vibrant Cities Challenge. Her engaging video inspired collaborators to rally around this stellar idea and we hope she'll be back to participate on future challenges!

T. Annie Nguyen

January 29, 2012, 06:05AM
Thank you! The experience of this community and platform have been inspirational :)
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