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    Gigi Polo is a Parsons graduate from the Communication Design Department. She launched her studio—Myellow Boots—in 2005, offering services to small and starting businesses in the non-profit industry, and to Publications like Domino Magazine, The New Yorker and RedBook Magazine, among others. As an instructor, Gigi teaches Art Theory and Design, Digital design, and Branding at Parsons, The New School for Design, and has been teaching abroad at Altos de Chavón, the School of Design and the Museum of Modern Art, both in the Dominican Republic; she is also the coordinator of Digital Learning Portfolios at Parsons SPACE, and at Carnegie Hall Educational Programs. Gigi is currently co-director of global branding and research fellow for the Nemetics Institute of Arts & Science in Kolkata, India (NIASK) doing research on “complex adaptive systems” within creative processes and neuroscience.

    Also a filmmaker, Gigi directed, produced, and edited a documentary about Bipolar Disorder and the Artistic Temperament called Madly Gifted, which has been screened in several venues, such as Hawaii, New York City, and Dominican Republic. She is engaged in Social Justice activism, currently acting as Part-Time Faculty co-chair of The New School Social Justice Committee.

    To see some of her design work, please go to:

    Degrees Held:

    BFA, Communication Design

    MA Media Studies

    MA Design Studies

    MA TESOL (forthcoming 2018)

    Professional Affiliations:


    AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts)

    Type Directors Club

    Mozilla HIVE

    American Psychology Association (APA)
    Division 10 (Creativity)


    Performances And Appearances:

    October 29, 2016
    MozFest 2016 "Learning Portfolio Builder" 
    Ravensbourne University, London, UK

    October 8, 2016
    The New School Student Success and Leadership Retreat, “Inclusion and Bravery in Vulnerability: a Social Change Model” presentation/workshop The New School University, New York, NY

    September 22, 2016
    Designs on eLearning (DeL) Conference, “Virtual Proximity: Peer-Learning within Self-Reflective Networks,” a Parsons Learning PORTFOLIO-course case study. The New School University, New York, NY

    June 29, 2016
    Demystifying the Web: Mozilla Community Call (web lifestream open conversation)
    Mozilla HIVE networks

    Research Interests:

    documentary, graphic design, photography, design research, curriculum development

    Awards And Honors:

    TNS Provost Innovation in Education Fund

    Current Courses:

    [LS] Integrative Studio 1

    [LS] Integrative Studio 1 (Spring 2021)

    Des Explor: GD & Illustration (Open Campus)

    Emoticon Design Fellows (Spring 2021)

    Mental Health by Design (Spring 2020)