Author Archive: Lee Davis

Lee Davis currently divides his time between California and Baltimore, Maryland, where he is the Co-Director of the Center for Social Design and Faculty in the MA in Social Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Prior to MICA, Lee was co-Founder and served for 16 years as co-CEO and Chief Innovation Officer of NESsT, an incubator for social enterprise start-ups in emerging markets. Lee is Co-Chair of the Board of the Winterhouse Institute, dedicated to advancing social design education, and is a Social Enterprise Fellow at the Yale School of Management. He has worked for corporate design firms in the USA and Japan, and was the first in-house designer for CARE, the international aid and development organization. He holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MA in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University.

Originally from New York but now a proud Californian, Lee has called Stanislaus County home for the last 15 years. He currently lives in Modesto with his Brazilian partner Daniel, a composer, conductor, and professor of music. Lee is currently working on establishing the Modesto Design School as well as a book and exhibition on the history and heritage of design, innovation and invention in Modesto.

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Design View – Modestan Pioneers Mechanical Voting

Design View – Modestan Pioneers Mechanical Voting

DesignView Modesto designer pioneered early mechanical voting by Lee Davis, Founder, Modesto Design Collective (MO.DE) As we head to the polls this month, it seems only appropriate to feature a pioneering Modesto designer who invented an early 19th century voting machine. I ventured out on a chilly autumn morning to the Modesto Pioneer Cemetery to […]

By November 4, 2017 Read More →
DesignView – Design a la MO.DE

DesignView – Design a la MO.DE

DesignView by Lee Davis, Founder, Modesto Design Collective (MO.DE) Modesto design à la MO.DE “Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” Stephanie Gallo, Vice President of Marketing at E&J Gallo Winery, quoted renowned Canadian designer, Robert L. Peters, in welcoming the more than 150 Modesto-area designers who gathered at Gallo for the […]

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DesignView – Raising the Bar for Young Design Talent in Modesto

DesignView – Raising the Bar for Young Design Talent in Modesto

DesignView by Lee Davis, Founder, Modesto Design School Raising the Bar for Young Design Talent in Modesto Born in Ecuador and raised in Modesto, Jordi Camps, Jr. is an exceptionally talented young designer and illustrator. Camps attended Beyer High School and Modesto Junior College (MJC) where he discovered his passion for design. He went on […]

By July 1, 2017 Read More →
DesignView – Garbage Design: Modesto Invented Curbside Recycling

DesignView – Garbage Design: Modesto Invented Curbside Recycling

DesignView by Lee Davis, Founder, Modesto Design School Garbage Design: Modesto Invented Curbside Recycling The first Earth Day on April 22,1970, launched the modern environmental movement. It’s also a seminal day in Modesto’s design history. The first “Survival Walk” began that day with activists walking down the Central Valley, through Modesto. The six-week walk from […]

By May 2, 2017 Read More →
DesignView – Modesto is Not Only a City, It’s a Font

DesignView – Modesto is Not Only a City, It’s a Font

DesignView Modesto is not only a city. It’s a font. by Lee Davis, Founder, Modesto Design School Every letter of every word you’re reading here has been designed. Each character of every font has been meticulously drawn by a typographer to ensure legibility, to be aesthetically pleasing, and to convey a style or symbolic meaning. […]

By April 4, 2017 Read More →
Design View – Awesome Inclusive Design

Design View – Awesome Inclusive Design

DesignView by Lee Davis, Founder, Modesto Design School Modesto’s awesome, socially-inclusive design In 1905, Modesto inventor Joseph C. Dana filed a patent application for “a writing-guide designed for use by blind persons.”This may be Modesto’s earliest example of “accessible design,” “inclusive design” or “universal design,” i.e., the design of experiences, places and products usable by […]

By March 2, 2017 Read More →
Design View – MidCentury Design Treasure

Design View – MidCentury Design Treasure

DesignView Rediscovering a Modesto Mid-Century Modern Design Treasure by Lee Davis, Founder, Modesto Design School On a picturesque point overlooking Oakland’s beautiful Lake Merritt, an effort is underway between the city and citizen volunteers to preserve an iconic 40-foot play sculpture from 1954 that has appeared on album covers and in countless family photos of […]

By January 31, 2017 Read More →
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DesignView: How Might We…? by Lee Davis, Founder, Modesto Design School Design shapes all aspects of our life. Design is a creative and collaborative process that helps to uncover different and better ways of making, doing, and thinking. Designers create all of the objects we interact with and all of the spaces where we live, […]

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