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Stephanie F. Yoffee

Founder & Design Policy Researcher, MarylandByDesign





A State's Journey: The Maryland Design Excellence & Innovation Commission

Session Description:

Learning to lead a legislative effort for establishing a State level Design Commission is somewhat uncharted territory in the United States. Some aspects of the process to establish a State Design Commission, based on design policy, can be adapted from examples in the European Union. A comparison between State Government legislative processes and EU Policy/parliamentary processes can provide guidance to an approach for establishing a Design Commission by law, one that gives policy and legal authority to a Commission. This presentation will seek to provide an understanding of the interaction between design policy, legislation, and action plans necessary for establishing a State Design Commission by comparing efforts in Maryland, Oregon and several established design councils in the European Union.  




Stephanie F. Yoffee is currently working to establish the Maryland Design Excellence and Innovation Commission to serve as an intermediary between the sectors of design, state government, non-profit and business. She is collaborating with policy makers on MarylandbyDesign, a design policy platform. Her research and writing about Design Policy has been published as part of The SEE Project: Sharing Experience Europe: Policy Innovation Design, a program of The European Commission’s European Design Innovation Initiative coordinated by Design Wales, UK and the Design Management Institute’s Journal: DMI Review. Stephanie is a leader in the field of design policy in the State of Maryland. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, Graphic Design ’89), The George Washington University (MBA, ’98) and was a Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship alternate nominee in 2013. Her professional experience includes 13 years in the private sector practicing graphic design and as a small business owner, and 12 years in public service. She been a resident of Maryland for 49 years, and currently resides in Rockville, Maryland.




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