Designer: Caroline Heiss
Kansas City used to be a city of streetcars and trolleys. But, after World War II, the single family
car became the main mode of transportation by KC citizens, effectively removing any trace of street
cars and altering the design of our traffic systems, and polluting the earth. Now, as Kansas City
continues to grow, it’s streets are not able to keep up, provide parking, and reduce traffic. That’s why Caroline is exploring various ways to inform the public about transportation changes, the history of KC, and design improvements that could encourage ridership of the current bus system.
Designer: Nick Kee
Through the creation of Better Together, Nick is creating a platform that helps artists in isolated communities create a voice for their own small community. Through the sharing of work and collaboration between different communities and artists Better Together provides a space that throws all of the modern conventions of popular social media sites. By restricting interactions between users to only comments or messaging these interactions become more thoughtful and productive rather than simply hitting a like button to show your interest.
Designer: Rachel Walter
Bringing awareness to the importance of mental health should be a campus wide priority. How Are We Really lives primarily as a social media platform surrounding topics of mental health on campus. By highlighting the areas where students are struggling, students are able to connect and heal over vulnerable topics. How Are We Really not only serves as a voice for the KCAI community, but redirects students to resources and services on campus. With her project, she plans to educate and create opportunities for change, in order to build healthier minds on the KCAI campus.
Designer: Maddie Hollingsworth
For her senior degree project, Maddie is exploring the topic of emotional abuse. This project has allowed her to open up about personal experiences, connect with others, and ultimately grow as a person. Through extensive research, she strives to teach others about the signs of someone who is experiencing emotional abuse, provide resources, and help to dismantle the discomfort that comes with the word abuse.