Who is she?

About me, Brittany!

I am from the Towering House Clan. 

Born for the Two Water Coming Together Clan.

My (M) grandfather is from the Big Water Clan.

My (P) grandfather is from the Under His Sheaves Clan.

This is how I identify as a Navajo person.

My name is Brittany Gene. I am an industrial designer from Indian Wells, Arizona on the Navajo Nation. In the spring of 2021 I graduated with my masters of industrial design from Arizona State University. During graduate school I had the opportunity to work as the lead graphic designer for Turning Points Magazine (Native American Student magazine at Arizona State) and as a teaching assistant for the Herberger School of Design. Some of my most recent projects include contributing to the Ethel Branch for Navajo Nation President campaign as the lead marketing, design and branding person and becoming a MIT Sole 2022 Indigenous Communities finalist.

 

Prior to graduate school, I worked in the health care and genetics research industry and freelanced as a designer. During that time I realized how effective the principles of design and user research could be when problem solving and implementing change.  My technical skills were developed from years of working with my family on jewelry, textile and apparel design. This ultimately led me to pursue my masters in industrial design. Outside of work you can catch me playing with my dog, running, practicing Diné language, playing basketball and volunteering with community projects.

EDUCATION

SKILLS

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 M.S, Industrial Design - May 2021

Herberger School of Design

Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Continuing Education - 2016 -2017
Fashion Design + Textiles + Materials

Mesa CC, Phoenix, AZ

B.S, Nutritional Sciences -May 2011

Minors: Chemistry + Biochemistry

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 

  • Adobe Creative suite: Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign 

  •  Sketching: Analogue & Digital

  • CAD: Solidworks, Onshape, Rhino & Keyshot

  • Sewing: pattern making & material knowledge

  • Print and online publication development

  • Branding & logo development

  • User Research: Qualitative & Quantitative

  • Concept Prototyping

  • 14 years foodservice industry

  • Sales experience

  • Public and video presenting

HONORS & AWARDS

F. Harrison & H. Austin Voting Essay Contest

12/2020 Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona
 

Cobell Scholar

2018 - 2021 Cobell Scholarship Foundation
 

Design Excellence Nominee

Fall 2019 Arizona State University

 

Disney Imagineers Challenge: Semi-Finalist

Fall 2019 Disney

Rise Indigenous Peoples Poster Winner

10/2019 Indigidesign Collab.
 

AIGC 50th Anniversary Blanket Design Contest

2019 American Indian Graduate Center
 

Dollie Yazzie Leadership Award

2018 Arizona State University
 

Bahti Graduating Senior Award

2011 The University of Arizona

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