Class of 2011
Katie Koch is a designer, educator, translator and maker who is perpetually curious about the people and relationships that grow around her. With a spark of energy, Katie leads groups in exploring, finding and solving problems as small as choosing a restaurant for dinner and as big as redefining a high school classroom experience. Her background in graphic design and communications has given Katie a strong foundation in visual thinking that she combines with her passion for creating community around an object.
In 2009 Katie co-founded Project: Interaction, an after school program that teaches high school students to change their communities using design. As the program grows to include more schools and instructors she will continue her work as a teacher and leader in the organization.
In her time away from technology Katie works on book arts and letterpress projects, believing that technology is a tool that can’t be fully exploited without tactile knowledge of craft.
When I was assigned the Meatpacking District for my designing local currency project I knew I wanted to incorporate its rich and varied past in my designs. I began my research by taking a walk through the historic Meatpacking District neighborhood. I created a set of five bills that reflect the period of the neighborhood’s history when it was a functional slaughterhouse district set in contrast to the 1980s and 90s when the neighborhood was revived as a center for nightlife in Manhattan.
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