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Larrea Young

Larrea Young

Graduate Student, MDes Program


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Curriculum Vitae

BA Fashion Design, Indiana University
BFA Textile Design Indiana University


After completing her dual degree in Fashion Design and Textile Design at Indiana University, Larrea founded her own design studio to create products and illustrations for clients and customers doing good in the world. Her projects started small with things like transforming the drawings of children with cancer into stuffed animals, but this work quickly led her to partner with a startup medical technology company working to end infant death from hypothermia in resource scarce settings. Larrea joined the company as their Lead Designer and COO, and created an incubator blanket that worked in conjunction with the company’s phase-change heat pack to provide safe, non-electric warmth to vulnerable infants.
After taking the incubator blanket through the regulatory stages and into the market, Larrea had discovered a passion for collaborating with teams and stakeholders to design effective solutions for large-scale problems. She has continued to work with a diversity of clients from USDA WIC to The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History to small non-profits, to create designs that help to reduce social disparities and improve the lives of others.   
Larrea believes that her design skills can make positive change, and through the Mdes program she hopes to strengthen and sharpen those skills to tackle even larger social problems.  


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