Week 1: Kicking Off

Hello everyone!

My name is Emily, reporting here live from Made by Many in NYC. I am the Product Design intern for the summer, and this will be my home for the next couple of months. (〜 ̄▽ ̄)〜

To introduce myself, I am from Ohio and study Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). My portfolio can be viewed here for those who are curious. ☺

It’s surreal that just last week I was stuck in the RISD bubble, grimy and grinding for finals, then all of a sudden I’m whirled away into the bustling, romantic city-life of New York. Thank you MxM for this opportunity!


The MxM team welcomed us quite heartily with food, lots of advice, mentoring, and one on one sessions. I met the other two interns: Billy and Marina — which is a huge pleasure seeing as they are both capable and intelligent. Most importantly, they bring a balanced way of thinking to the table which will be new for me as someone who is surrounded by predominantly artists in my school. I am always curious to connect with people from all walks in life, thus I can’t wait to see where our efforts will take us.

Leslie Bradshaw showed us the ropes, bridging that gap for us so we could fit right in. As my first internship, I was a little bit starry-eyed during the first day, but due to the patient mentoring from the MxM team I am excited and ready to start cracking down to work.

Our workspace

First Impressions

  1. Leslie’s intense network-building session (with emphasis on professional excellence) really blew my mind. Ironically as someone who is honing her craft, I have ways to go at selling myself and building relationships. So big thanks to Leslie! Art school truly doesn’t do justice to those kinds of skills (lol).
  2. HJ’s presentation on user-research methods and approaches was a great foundation and introduction to how research should be conducted and collected for product creation. It’s not about what people say, it’s about asking the right questions to provoke behavioral responses — as opposed to aspirational responses, what they think they “should” say vs. what they naturally do.
  3. MxM’s learn-make-test philosophy is fast-paced and efficient — something that strikes a chord with me because that is what I strive to be as a designer. They really emphasize that a product should be shaped with meaning to create an impact because we have the responsibility and power to choose the effect of our creation.

That’s it for today! I will keep continue posting weekly updates on our adventures — from the process, to struggles, to progress, and everything else in between. ‘Til next time!

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