I am a Product Designer, Creative Director and Curator, with special expertise working within the industries of women’s health and sexuality and music. 

My active projects include The Period Project, an ongoing design research and data collection effort on menstruation and Type 1 diabetes supported by the non-profit, Tidepool; Toxic Love, a fictional protective clothing line for cosmetologists who work in reproductively hazardous environments; a collection of zine projects on women’s health and sexuality, which have been featured at the Boston Art Book Fair, Tiny Tech Zines LA and in Skylight Books LA; and creative direction and design for artists including the 112 Project by Jared Schonig and Broken Halo Management. 

I received an MFA in Media Design Practices from ArtCenter College of Design and come from a background in neuroscience and sound strategy at Man Made Music, considering how sonic affects us emotionally and functionally across healthcare, mobility and brand experiences.

To start a conversation, feel free to reach me here: mayacfriedman@gmail.com
Download Resume [Design], Resume [Music]

WORK EXPERIENCE
Founder and Lead Designer
The Period Project at Tidepool, June 2020 - Present

Product Design / Design Research Fellow
Tidepool, June 2020 - Present
Visual and Conceptual Design Associate
The Near Future Laboratory, 2019 - Present
Creative Director 
MDP Social Precense, 2019 - Present
Experimental Designer
ArtCenter College of Design, Summer 2019
Senior Sonic Interaction Designer
Man Made Music, Feb 2015 - July 2018
Design Research Apprentice / Installation Producer
Cooper Hewitt Museum, 2016
User Experience Researcher 
Onefinestay, Sept 2013 - Dec 2014
Freelance Writer
Time Out New York, Music, 2010 - 2014  
Managing Design Editor
The Statement Magazine, 2012-2013



EDUCATION

MFA, Media Design Practices, ArtCenter College of Design
2018-2021,  Graduation with Distinction
BFA, Brain Behavior & Cognitive Sciences University of Michigan 
2009 - 2013, Graduated 
Summa cum laude
EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS

Selected Speaker at The Black Feminist Health Sciences Collaboratory, 2021
Presenter at Navel's WYD?, 2020
Selected Tabler at Tiny Tech Zines 2019
Selected Designer at Google 2019 Disability Workshop
Selected Zines at
SkyLight Books, Tiny Tech Zines, and the Boston Art Book Fair, 2020-2021
Recipient of Pasadena Women’s Club Scholarship, 2019
Participant in Design Exhibition:
Beyond Vision: Designing for the Senses at Cooper Hewitt Museum, 2018

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