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With years of design practicing and design teaching experience, Inna Alesina considers herself a maker and a thinker, a learner and a teacher. She thinks systematically as well as considers small details. She believes her role is to engage people and to protect ecology.

Multidisciplinary designer Inna Alesina was born in Kharkov, Ukraine, where she studied industrial design. She continued her studies at Parsons School of Design and later at Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work spans many disciplines and media including object design, performance wear, communication design, ergonomics, and most recently food systems. Inna Alesina is always looking for new areas to apply her design thinking. Her works have won numerous awards and recognition by the press. She also holds dozens of patents for her inventions.

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The book she co-authored with Ellen Lupton, Exploring Materials: Creative Designs for Everyday Objects (2010) is available from Princeton Architectural Press. link

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Over the years Inna Alesina helped design and develop products for clients in sportswear, furniture, personal care, and other industries. Check out some of the projects here


Finding Resilience in Place UWC-USA Conference Biomimicry nature workshops, lectures and Ukrainian Breadmaking events at the United World College, Montezuma, NM/ February 2022

OVERLOOKED Collaborative project and gallery show about biomimicry in reverse. 2018-2019, Stevenson University Gallery. This project also received 2019 Core77 Design Awards, Notable Educational Initiative and as it developes will be presented at the The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) 2020 Situated Action.

Nature as a Framework for Teaching Design was presented at the DRS-Learn X Design, Metu Ankara, Turkey/ July 2019

Red Dot Award 2018 / Honorable mention/ Corcl/ 2018

The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) August 2016, Aarhus, Denmark

Unmaking Waste Transforming Production and Consumption in Time and Place, May 2015, Adelaide, South Australia

Design@+Sister Cities Beijing China and Washington DC/ 2014

2014 Core77 Design Awards, Food Design, Student Notable for Test Kitchen for Change & Bread Zoo

Solo Show and Public Performances at VisArts, Rockville, MD/ 2014

by Corning Museum of Glass/ 2012

Ignite Baltimore/ 2012

MTRL 2020 Cincinnati Ohio/ 2012

IDA Congress Taipei, Taiwan/ 2011

Interview on National Public Radio/ 2010

Baltimore Style Magazine

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum | Videos for Educators

mart designboom ICFF NYC, May 2005/ 2006 /2007

Happy Feet, Baltimore Smart CEO/ 2006

A Girls’ Guide To Gadgets, Smart Woman/ 2006

Young And Talented, Jewish Times/ 2006

Built to Last: The Inspired Design by Inna Alesina, The Urbanite Magazine/2005

Inna Alesina’s Interview on MD Public TV

Windows on Industrial Design, IDSA/ 2005 National Conference, Organized by Apartment Zero

“Dish,” International Design for the Home, PAPress, New York/ 2005

Designboom international design competitions