Design the Future
January 19–20, 2016: Training
January 20–22, 2016: Conference
San Francisco, CA

Inneract Project: Bringing design to the community

Maurice Woods (Inneract Project)
9:55am Thursday, 01/21/2016
Location: Festival Pavilion
Average rating: ***..
(3.77, 53 ratings)
Slides:   1-PDF 

It is no secret that design touches almost everything we interact with on a daily basis; more than ever, we live in a design-driven society where everything from our technology to the food that we consume is a function of design processes. As a result, a career in design provides many job opportunities. However, traditional K–12 education offers most underserved students of color little to no access to design training that could provide them with design awareness, knowledge, or skills. Inneract Project is set to change this by providing programming that not only educates but exposes youth and their communities to various fields in design. Maurice Woods outlines Inneract Project, demonstrating the benefits of design education for students as well as the field itself.

Photo of Maurice Woods

Maurice Woods

Inneract Project

Maurice Woods is the executive director and founder of Inneract Project. He created Inneract Project’s design education framework, which serves as the program’s core curriculum. As executive director, he provides leadership for volunteer staff, helps set organization and education policy, and develops IP’s strategic vision. Maurice graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA and MFA in visual communication design. He played basketball as an undergraduate and professionally worldwide for seven years. Since graduating, Maurice has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses at multiple colleges, lectured nationally and internationally, and contributed to various media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal.

Maurice served as Co-Chair of Education for the AIGA San Francisco and nationally on the Board of Advisors for the Diversity Archive Collection exhibition. Currently, he sits on the board for Design Ignites Change. Professionally, Maurice worked as a designer at one of the world’s top agencies, Pentagram Design. He designed extensive identity, retail, exhibit, and interactive programs for clients such as Nike, Greyhound, Symantec,, and Google. He has won multiple design awards, has been featured in publications, and is also a Jefferson Award winner. He currently works as a design lead at Yahoo.