• Dorcas Lin

In the Works

Updated: Jun 30

Welcome to the living document of what I'm working on both in and outside of studio! This is for me to keep track of my own work flow, projects, tendencies from a macro view.

Inspired by a super dope friend, Nik Marda.


  • Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, 2022 Innovation Scholar (meet my cohort!)

  • Design to Divest Collective, task force of designers who meet weekly to create graphics, educational materials, etc. free of charge for Black organizers and local orgs to share, build, and dismantle, and decolonize through design.

  • CMU Summer research, Methods of Service Design in Creating Equitable Public Transportation Experiences in Pittsburgh

  • Just for fun, visualizing TED Radio Hour podcast episodes through animation and poster design to better my graphic skills and communicate big ideas to both myself and others (instagram: @tedradiovisual)

  • Relaxing fun, designing word puzzles with two awesome friends (Maria Gargiulo + Vinesh Kannan) for elderly folks in nursing homes to play during COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the puzzles we have out now here (Design process coming soon).


Designed things...

  • Created and iterated on UX flow for Be The Change, a social media app launching 2020 that bridges the communication gap between constituents and their elected officials. Piloting in Pittsburgh, soon to come in Philadelphia.

  • Created a scalar poster series exploring what civic engagement looks like in the age of Surveillance Capitalism.

  • Worked at the U.S. Census Bureau as a Design Fellow + developed the Tangibility Outreach Campaign strategy for 2020 Census to alleviate concerns surrounding citizenship, language barriers, and trust for hard-to-count communities.

  • Designed a gigamap about Homelessness in Western PA and had it accepted to the 2019 RSD8: Relating Systems Thinking & Design Symposium conference.

  • Wrote and illustrated a children's book intended to increase political efficacy for the next generation by exposing kids (ages six to eight) to the concept of government and interest groups at an early age.

  • Created an interactive dashboard for the Virginia Board of Education that analyzes teen pregnancy rates, STI rates, and abortion statistics across Virginia over time and provided data-driven insights to improve effectiveness of family life education in VA public schools.

Wrote things...

  • Emerging Technologies and the Law Course, where I wrote a paper on the The Role of Design in How We Create Public Policy in the Age of Surveillance.

  • Usable Privacy and Security Course, where I'm researching the Creativity and Emotionality Behind Passwords.

  • Privacy Policy, Law, and Technology, where I researched and wrote a paper about developing standardized privacy notice for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. We got second place at the poster presentation.

  • Carnegie Mellon SURG Grant, where I'm researching and proposing policy changes to the Pittsburgh Port Authority with regard to equitable public bus transportation access [on hold until Fall 2020].

  • Chicken & Wafflez, where I wrote and illustrated a children's book for kids ages 6-8 to increase political efficacy and engagement over time. I received the Impact Maker of the Year scholarship (2018).

Went to things...

  • DesignNation, someone thought I was interesting enough to join a network of like-minded designers and innovators interested in the integration of design, business, and technology. Talked to CEOs and founders of varying companies like Warby Parker, Toyota, etc.

  • Virginia Girls State, I was nominated to participate in a week-long leadership event hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary to learn about politics, law, and what it's like to work in public service as a senator.

  • Student Government Day, chosen to represent my high school to shadow the City of Richmond's Technology Director