MEET OUR FINALISTS: Kristen Baumlier-Faber
Kristen Baumlier-Faber is a professor from Cleveland, Ohio. Her submission, entitled Hand + Heart, focuses on gaming to educate users and inspire them to give to those in need.
WDYG: What is your educational and professional background?
KBF: I have a BFA and MFA degrees in Fine Arts. I currently teach in the Integrated Media and Digital Arts areas at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
WDYG: What inspired you to enter our contest?
KBF:I was interested in the unique focus of the contest of how art and design could inspire and encourage people to give to others in need. I believe that art and design have the potential to create positive change and when I read about the contest I immediately felt like I wanted to create something.
WDYG: Tell us a little bit about the message you hope to get across through your design.
KBF: The Hand + Heart design focuses on how games and the internet can be used to create a place where interaction, discussion, and a community are created that centers around giving to others. The design includes the main trivia game, but also has a blog, animations, and a sharing section where those who give and those who receive support can share stories about giving. For a game or website to work well, they need to be dynamic and constantly changing, provide meaningful interaction for users, and have a good interface and design. Games can be used to bring awareness to issues, to educate, and to entertain and I created Hand + Heart as both a game and website in order to do this.
WDYG: How do you think art can shape or change the way we think and talk about giving?
KBF: I believe art and design can have a powerful impact on our thoughts and action about giving. Art has the power to present questions, reframe an idea in a new way, and create new ways for an audience to interact.
WDYG: Who is your favorite artist/designer?
KBF: This is a tough question since there are a lot of people whose work I admire. Some top picks: Joseph Bueys, Olafur Eliasson, Kim Abeles, Stefan Sagmeister, MichalRovner, and David Byrne.