Tiffany Burnette is the founder and creative director of Designhype, Inc. a product design company she founded in 2005 after her Industrial Design undergraduate education at The University of the Arts. Tiffany spent two years of her freshly out of school life working as a structural package designer in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Feeling uninspired by the constraints inside the Pharmaceutical world and knowing that she wanted some day to become an educator of Industrial Design, Tiffany moved her life to New York to obtain her master’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, graduating in May 2008. During her stay at Pratt she designed home office furniture for Dwell Magazine’s “Building Green in Harlem” project, a collaboration with four other designers under the name Collective/4. The office was published in The Nest Magazine in Fall 2007. Most recently Tiffany was named “Professional Woman of the Year” for 2010/2011 by the National Association of Professional Women.
Tiffany launched her first product, the NYC Metro Cuff, under Designhype in May 2009. The NYC Metro Cuff has been published internationally and is sold in the Museum of Modern Art stores in New York City and Tokyo, among other retailers. The NYC Metro Cuff materialized during her master’s thesis, Solo. Solo explored the experience of comfort and security while women travel alone to all parts of the world and sought to inspire women to have these experiences. Concepts for the metro cuff came out of a particular woman's need for something less clumsy than a fold out map of the New York City Metro System, which made her feel like a tourist in her own city. Designhype recently launched the Milan Metro Cuff in their Metro Cuff Series. Other cities included in the series set to hit the streets are London, Dubai, Chicago and Tokyo. Designhype’s next generation of design work is influenced by creating an order of seemingly misunderstood and chaotic things.
In August 2008, Tiffany was introduced to Sweat Equity Education (SEE), a Non-Profit Work- Force Development Organization founded by Marc Ecko. Sweat Equity Education places at risk youth and corporate clients together to work collaboratively on relevant, real-world projects. She began as a volunteer in the program and was then asked to co-develop their current Design Foundations and 5 Step Design Process Curriculum. It was here that Tiffany was able to begin her career as an educator and began developing their current Professional Development Program which is used, alongside the curriculum, to administer appropriate use of the program in and outside of schools globally. Through Sweat Equity Education, Tiffany has had the opportunity to educate students and train educators around the design curriculum. Currently Tiffany is developing a curriculum for Sweat Equity Education’s newest venture.
Tiffany is inspired by traveling and exploring the many cultures and environments which inhabit the earth. Her passions include history, reading and writing. She has filled many, many journals about her life which she hopes one day will inspire her to write a memoir.
Happiness, Education, Creativity, Design, Space Exploration, Entrepreneurship, Possibilities, The Future, Today
Doing is easy, starting is the biggest challenge of all.
Art, Product Design, Architecture, World History, Archeology, Astrology, Books, TEDTalks, Start-ups, Travel, What its like to own/run a small business, exhibiting work, brainstorming, inspiration
Speed reading, creative writing, basketball, street hockey, applying feng shui techniques to exteriors and interiors of environments
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