Meet the Team

We are a collection of interaction designers, web creators, and information architects living and working in New York City. We use our knowledge of the design field to translate our skillsets into a hands-on learning experience for high school students.

Carmen Dukes, Co-Founder & Teacher

Carmen is a digital producer at Hit Entertainment where she is responsible for creating games and websites for global kids brands including Barney and Friends and Bob the Builder. Previously, she worked at VH1.com where she developed interactive content in support of VH1’s popular Celebreality shows.

Her professional interests include video game mechanics for interaction, sustainable product design, data visualization, and educational technology.

Carmen’s Resumé

Katie Koch, Co-Founder & Teacher

Katie is a designer, educator, translator and maker who is perpetually curious about the people and relationships that grow around her. With a spark of energy, Katie leads groups in exploring, finding and solving problems as small as choosing a restaurant for dinner and as big as redefining a high school classroom experience.

Her background in graphic design and communications has given Katie a strong foundation in visual thinking that she combines with her passion for creating community around an object.

Katie’s Resumé

Abby Covert, Teacher

Abby works as an Information Architect at The Understanding Group in New York City.

Working for clients ranging from consumer goods to healthcare, Abby aims to teach others to not be evil. No one likes an Ad but everyone loves a quality brand experience.

Abby has a proven track record in managing user-centric practices in a variety of creative environments. Most recently she helped create a user-experience planning practice for Draftfcb Chicago, a large Ad Agency. Prior to that, she pioneered the Information Architecture practice at Closerlook, a small strategic healthcare-marketing firm.

She has worked as a consultant creating optimal user experiences for Microsoft technology implementations within large enterprises and was also a key member of a team charged with innovating a set of HR self-service web applications for Fidelity Investments.

Abby has a dual degree in Multimedia Studies and Graphic Design from Northeastern University.