Mark John DeYoung is an artist, designer and educator. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelors degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mark has worked extensively both here in the United States and in The Netherlands. One of his interests is the role in which design can serve as an agent of change using the theory of design, and design-thinking,asking “Why do we design?” “What do we wish to accomplish?” “How do our activities contribute to the well being of our community, our environment as well as our bottom line?”
For the Nashville Zoo, DeYoung partnered with specialists at Vanderbilt University,to enable people on the spectrum of autism to have enriching and successful visits to the zoo through a set of participatory, do-it-yourself, visual tour schedules and maps. The project received a Nashville Predators Community Service award.
DeYoung has done environmental exhibition projects around the world including a major participatory design project at the Electron Cultural Foundation, in Breda, The Netherlands; as well as participating in Helsinki Design Week, Finland; the Graphic Design Festival Breda, The Netherlands; and for a number of AIGA events in United States.
storytelling reaches us, it connects us person to person.