Mary is a design strategist working at the intersections of generative research and evidence-based design.

She facilitates meaningful communications, experiences, products, and services to benefit both people and the planet.

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Experience and Service Design Consulting

Agile / Contextual Inquiry / Data Visualization / Design Research / Ecosystem Strategy / Cross-Functional Collaboration / Journey Mapping / Operational Modeling / Product Evaluation / Rapid Prototyping / Usability Testing / Workshop Facilitation


Makerspace Communities and Ecosystem Strategy:
Co-Creating Social and Operational Infrastructure

Design Research MS Thesis, Drexel University

How might we intentionally grow the maker-movement, rooted in equitable practices that address educational, economic, and environmental barriers?

Data Visualization / Design Research / Co-Design / Ecosystem Strategy / Interdisciplinary Collaboration / Makerspaces / Rapid Prototyping / Social Impact

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Stakeholder map (food insecurity).
The AVE Framework.

The Access, Visibility, and Engagement (AVE) Framework: Recommendations to Reduce Food Insecurity Among the University Student Population

The Social Impact Innovation Hub, Baida Institute, Drexel University

How might we equip decision makers with an equity-centered framework to collaboratively improve services for university student food insecurity?

Data Visualization / Design Research / Co-Design / Food Insecurity / Group Dynamics /  Interdisciplinary Collaboration / Rapid Prototyping / Service Design / Social Impact

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MAKETOOLS Design Sprint // Workshop

Led by Dr. Elizabeth Sanders, Rankin Scholars in Residence, Drexel University

How might we create a better patient experience in relation to patient data?

Design Research / Co-Design / Healthcare /  Rapid Prototyping / Workshop

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Data Storytelling:

  • Organism and Territory —Apples and Pennsylvania
  • STEAM Education — Opportunities for Growth

Data Visualization / Design Research /  Education / Historical Analysis

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Source: PA FDC, Center for Functional Fabrics


PPE: Human Factors & Product Development:

  • Aerosol Bio-Containment Device (ABCD) for Covid-19 Patients
  • Antimicrobial Yarn Knit Mask & Filter Housing, Testing & Design

Apparel Engineering / Healthcare / Human Factors / Product Design / Rapid Prototyping

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2021, Drexel University

Bio-Composite Garden

Creating an open-source biomaterial and 3D printed mold-making kit for a modular compostable indoor garden.

Advanced Manufacturing / Bio-Materials / Design Research / Co-Design / Rapid Prototyping / Social Impact

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KAHLE Studio

New York, NY

Founding and translating a conceptual womenswear brand into wearable goods and experiences.

Branding / Business Development / Creative Direction / Garment Engineering / Local Manufacturing / Materials Exploration / Product Design & Circularity / Market Research / Strategy

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2012 - 2021

Product Design/Development and Garment Engineering

New York, NY

Apparel and home goods design and development for a range of products – Virginia Sin, Marchesa, COA

CAD / Creative Direction / Ceramics Fabrication / Garment Engineering / Local Manufacturing / Product Design & Circularity / Market Research

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©  Mary Kahle, 2024