We’re always talking about the future of design, the future of technology, the future of MAKING. In a world where disease and sickness can be identified via a sensor and a mobile device, a world where museum visits can be experienced virtually across the world via a robot, how do we find the next big thing ? MakerGalaxy is a show that explores the crossroads of Design, Technology, and the Future of Making.

This week we talked with Patricia Gruits of Boston-based MASS Design Group. Patricia—along with the talented designers and architects she works with at MASS—have been focusing on design for social innovation with projects ranging from large-scale buildings to smaller furniture concepts for international communities in need.

We’ll talk with Patricia about everything from how she got her design career started with a focus on social innovation, how MASS approaches design problems as a non-profit organization,, to how somebody like you can get involved with designing for impact and more.

We’ll Be Discussing:

  • starting a career in design for social innovation
  • what is MASS Design Group?
  • approaching the design process when designing for impact
  • social innovation fueling the next crop of young designers
  • how to get involved with designing for a nonprofit
  • …and more!

To find out more about Patricia and MASS Design Group head over to MASSDesignGroup.org.

Also…be sure to check out Maker Galaxy over on iTunes and let us know how you like the show in the reviews!


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.