A Note from Mariana
I am a designer. The kind who makes things that look good. But also the kind who was trained to listen to people, design for their needs, and co-create solutions with the people who will use the products and services we create.
My first design challenge took me to Guatemala in 2010, at a time when Lake Atitlán bloomed with toxic cyanobacteria. It was the first time I stood as a bridge between scientists treating the problem and the communities who lived in the region and wanted to help, but didn’t know how. They found themselves working toward a common goal, but their competing approaches often stunted the overall progress.
After Guatemala, I spent many years helping organizations working in humanitarian aid and poverty alleviation to better understand the people they serve
Today I do much the same, working to bridge wildlife conservation leaders and the people they need to reach. Organizations who embrace design, whether they are non profits or even large multinational companies, benefit greatly from design because it helps them understand their users. In wildlife conservation, the users can be farmers struggling with elephants eating their crops or the public who need to embrace conservation actions.
I can help wildlife organizations alleviate tensions, build programs which are economically independent from donor funding, and achieve long lasting relationships with local and global communities.
I am here to support the amazing work that wildlife conservation organizations are already doing, and augment it by supporting the relationships they have with the public and the communities on the ground who coexist with wildlife on a daily basis.
Today, I am a designer for wild animals.
Filmed at TED HQ December 2018. Coming soon to TED.com!
Awards & Recognitions
TED Residency, 2019
Smithsonian / Cooper-Hewitt Museum Exhibit, 2018
NCIIA Sustainable Vision Grant / Venture Well, 2012
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Exhibit, 2012
Other Press / Media:
Change Lab: Podcast Episode 22: Mariana Prieto and Designing for Wildlife
TED: Residency Launch 2018
TED: Residency Launch 2019
Women in ID Forum: Leadership Panel Speaker
INDEX Awards: Design to Improve Life
Art Center DOT Magazine: Social Innovation Design Pioneers
El Tiempo newspaper article: "Quiero diseñar para ayudar a los excluidos"
Core 77: On the creation of TEDx at Art Center
Art Center Alumni Spotlight: 10 Things I Learned from the IDEO.org Fellowship
Winners of 2012 Tech Awards: Katherine M.Swanson Young Innovators Award
ICSID: Mariana Amatullo on Women and Design
Venture Well: Art and Design Education Embraces Social Entrepreneurship
Merge: Doug Powell speaks about his TEDx talk at our event
Design for America: Guest Speaker at Creators Exchange
Watch TEDx Talk: How design can save your life
Filmed at Caltech University for a TEDx event. 2013