Oi! (Brazilian Greeting)

I am a social impact designer and social activist. I use my experience with human-centered design and audio-visual production to create a world with less inequality.

Nowadays, I am doing a master in strategic product design at TU Delft and I am the co-manager of the Older Child Adoption Project (Projeto Adoção Tardia) which I founded in 2014. An independent initiative that aims to raise awareness about the benefits of adopting older kids in Brazil. In addition, the Project is working on diagnosing and proposing new practices for the child protection system that will improve the experience of sheltered children and adolescents.

My work is aligned with the SDG’s, mainly Goal 3 — ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages — specially  considering the well-being of minorities and sheltered children and adolescents.

Prior the master in The Netherlands, I was a service and visual designer at No One. A design for expansion office based in Porto Alegre. Using the design thinking mindset I was part of an interdisciplinary team that create educational programs, products, services and experiences for organisations such as Sicredi (cooperative bank), Santa Casa Hospital and Junior Achievement Brazil (NGO).

I have a degree in Design from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and I also studied photography and illustration at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada (Science Without Borders Scholarship Program). I was part of the Global Shapers Community for three years and I represented the Porto Alegre Hub in the Latin America World Economic Forum in Buenos Aires (2017).

Do you want to keep in touch? Reach me at suriartt@gmail.com
WORK EXPERIENCE
2015–Present Founder and Co-manager at “Adoção Tardia” Older Child Adoption Project | Brazil
Social impact designer and filmmaker. Advocate for children’s rights.
2016–2019 Designer at NoOne (co-creative consultancy for business transformation) <noone.is> | Brazil
Generalist designer. Working with user interface design, user research, workshop facilitation, graphic design. Learning about service design, user experience and strategy.
2016 Design consultant at Shoptutor (startup) | Brazil
User interface design project.
2013 Internship at NSCAD University Relations | Canada
Art director responsible for “Roar, an Art Auction for NSCAD” visual identity.
2012 Internship at Sceno Environmental Graphic Design (design studio) | Brazil
Architectural design assistant of wayfinding and signage system projects.

GRADUATE COURSES
2019–Present MSc Strategic Product Design
TU Delft, The Netherlands

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
2008–2014 Bachelor in Visual Design
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS, Brazil
2013 Exchange Student 
Interdisciplinary Design Program
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design - NSCAD, Canada. Science Without Borders Scholarship Program.
2007–2008 Fine Arts Program (incomplete)
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS, Brazil

CERTIFICATES
2016 New Ways Course [Scholarship Student]
Perestroika School - Porto Alegre, Brazil
2015 Insights For Innovation
IDEO U - Licence: 10046103

LANGUAGES
Portuguese
Native level
English

Advanced level.
Spanish
Fluent level. Living 3 years in Spain.
German
Basic level at Goethe-Institut

PRESENTATIONS
2015 TEDxUFRGS Speaker
“Adoção Tardia: a boa notícia a se espalhar”
Older Child Adoption: good news to spread out. Brazil.
2016 Social Design Applied to Solve Adoption Issues
Regional Design Student Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
2016 The Story of Siblings Adopted by Different Families
Adoption Support Group in Farroupilha, and Adoption Support Group in Caxias do Sul, Brazil.

WORKSHOPS
2018 Design Thinking Fast Track by NoOne
Facilitator assistant in multiple workshops for students and organisations. Porto Alegre, Brazil.
2016 Design Thinking (adapted for teenagers)
Activity given for sheltered children in Santa Maria, Brazil.
2013 How does Design Thinking look like in action?
Art Teacher’s Association Conference, Nova Scotia, Canada.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
2016–2019 Member of Global Shapers Community | Porto Alegre Hub, Brazil
2017 Participant at World Economic Forum Latin America | Argentina
2011–Present Taking care of abandoned dogs | Brazil 
Rescuing, rehabilitating and placing homeless dogs with new families.
2009–2011 Administrative Director at NGO Vidanova | Brazil
Animal rescue non-profit organization dedicated to sterilize abandoned dogs and cats.
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