"Design Belongs makes me think of immersive experience design, the kind that feels like it was organically made but was actually consciously produced."
Nina Miller works at Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, where she helps create technically grounded visions of the future that are imaginative, inclusive and inspiring. Nina is also an improvisor at The Torch Theatre, a non-profit improv collective in central Phoenix, and can currently be seen performing regularly with Spearmint and in The Neighborhood. Nina has taught separate classes in design and theatrical improvisation but she really thinks they should be taught together.
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Tell us about a favorite project or accomplishment from this past year.
My current favorite project is our NSF funded project celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. As part of this, we are developing an alternate reality game exploring the ethics and consequences of research, aimed at middle school students. I love projects that I have to apply all my skillsets on.
What is your favorite color, and why? Pantone numbers and Hex codes totally allowed.
My favorite color right now is the color of the night sky right after sunset, a really dark navy with a greenish cast. Somewhere in the neighborhood of PMS 3025. I am a Star Wars fangirl, and I think that color reminds me of the vastness of space.
Share a saying that inspires you, or theme song that gets you moving.
“What should I be but just what I am?” from Edna St. Vincent Millay. It reminds me to live my neurodiversity without shame. Also, ABBA’s “Nina the Pretty Ballerina” is a pretty great jam.
“If I wasn’t a designer (or in the design world), I’d be ________________.”
A casting director. It seems like I should say “actor” but I already walked away from pursuing acting as my livelihood. I would love to design props and costumes for fictional worlds, but that is still a design focused career. All that packaging for Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes makes me giddy.
What’s your superpower, or one you wish you had?
Hyper-empathy is my superpower, but also my kryptonite.
This year, the theme of Phoenix Design Week is “Design Belongs.” What does “Design Belongs” bring to mind for you?
“Design belongs” makes me think of immersive experience design, the kind that feels like it was organically made but was actually consciously produced.
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