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Mar 01, 2022

Designing for Community

Marissa Korda

About this video


It’s become clear that community and connection are more important than ever. Join Marissa as she takes you on a tour through her experiences designing for communities. She’ll highlight how being a visual storyteller has helped her to give communities a shared story, sense of place and feeling of belonging. Touching on themes like the role of empathy and compassion in design and the importance of fun and play in the workplace, this talk will provide tools for thinking about your own work, expand your understanding of community and reframe community as a 21st century design problem.


Marissa Korda

At Shopify, Marissa leads Culture Design, the internal team that shapes company culture through design and creates employee experiences filled with surprise, delight and joy. She is also the creator of The Loneliness Project, a personal passion project that collects and shares stories about loneliness. She has collected thousands of stories from all around the world in an attempt to destigmatize loneliness, combat isolation and cultivate compassion. The project was named an official Webby Award nominee and was recently the subject of a CBC radio documentary, hosted, co-written and co-produced by Marissa. Prior to joining Shopify, she worked as an independent creative in Toronto. She has worked with clients that include HarperCollins, Staedtler, Marriott and York University. Her award-winning work has been featured in Buzzfeed, The Guardian and The Toronto Star, among other publications.