How do designers turn challenges into opportunities? Join designers Amanda Astorga and Ángel López for a hands-on workshop that explores optimistic approaches for solving systemic issues. Participants will work collaboratively, enhance their design literacy skills, and build a network with other participants who are interested in exploring innovative tools to use in their own practices, classrooms, or organizations.

No prior experience in design required. Recommended for ages 16+. 

Amanda Astorga is a strategic designer from Santiago, Chile. Her biggest passion is working alongside communities in ways that empower people and foster their participation. She has facilitated workshops with students to co-design graphic murals for a pediatric public hospital, strategized approaches to help parents to talk about sexual health with their young children, and built leadership capacity with female social leaders. Astorga holds a bachelor’s degree in design and a master’s of fine arts degree in transdisciplinary design from Parsons, The New School. 

Ángel López is a design strategist, artist, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. He is able to frame problems and help teams visualize them before solving them. His work is focused on the impact of human welfare, civil rights and the marginalization of people. He uses human-centered approaches for models of equity and inclusion. López’s work scales from grassroots organizations to international agencies, delivering outcomes of data collection and visual communication. He holds a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in communication design and master’s of fine arts degree in transdisciplinary design.  


This free program will feature breakout rooms and will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at or let us know when registering. 

About Design Snacks

Build your design toolkit! Design Snacks is a series of hands-on workshops exploring techniques and strategies for participants to incorporate into their own practices, classrooms, or organizations. Workshops are held every other Wednesday beginning March 3, 2021. Participants are not required to participate in all workshops. Find out more about all upcoming Design Snacks programs. 

Don’t forget to sign up for Design Snacks | Creating a Mood Board on Wednesday, March 17.

Design Snacks are made possible with major support from Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation. Generous support is also provided by The Hirsch Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.