Abby Hollis
Design Research + Strategy
Abby Hollis
Design Research + Strategy
Based in
Fayetteville, AR, United States
5 - 10 years experience

My perspective on problem solving is informed by my understanding of traditional textiles as a universal language, common user interface, and exemplification of material stewardship. My focus is in user research, data visualization, and storytelling, although I am interested in the Design Thinking pr


ocess in its entirety as a tool for systems reform and behavior change. I assert that the textile field - like that of psychology, social science, and user experience - is a human behavior field.

My understanding of systems has been shaped by my experiences with artisan groups in India, Peru, and Northwest Arkansas. I have applied this understanding of systems through textiles to projects in various fields including education, logistics, and toy branding. In each project, I pride myself on my ability to make connections across fields, shaping new perspectives within teams. I employ a variety of modified design thinking tools but am quick to challenge traditional research and design methodology in favor of more contextually appropriate methodologies. My latest research methodologies include overheard conversations, memes generated by user communities, and art created to generate feedback.

I am currently developing Thread Threads, a digital archive of tactile experience, intended to inspire a more intimate relationship with cloth and greater material stewardship.

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Founder + Design Lead
Thread Threads Jul. 2020 - Present
Fayetteville, AR, United States

Thread Threads is a platform for documenting and sharing stories associated with individual pieces of clothing in order to inspire greater material stewardship and a more intimate relationship with cloth.

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Uplifted by Design Exhibition
Interface Jul. 2020 - Present

Startup Thread Threads featured in virtual exhibition of graduating students' work

Fashion Future Graduate Showcase
CFDA Jul. 2020 - Present
At All Exhibition
Savannah College of Art and Design May. 2020 - Present

Several projects featured in curated collection of graduating SCAD Fibers student work.

Project Co-Manager + Storyteller
SCADpro Future Logistics Alliance Mar. 2020 - May. 2020

The SCADpro FutureLogistics Alliance consisted of mentors from industry leaders IBM, Great Dane, Georgia Ports Authority, and the Savannah Economic Development Authority. Ten SCAD students from five countries and six different disciplines collaborated during an unprecedented online quarter in the mid


st of the COVID 19 outbreak. Over the course of eight weeks, the team envisioned the future of logistics, a system by people for people.

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BFA Fibers + Minor Design for Sustainability
SCAD - Savannah College of Art & Design Sep. 2017 - May. 2020
Fayetteville, United States

Focus in user research, design strategy, and textile systems. Graduated Summa Cum Laude and School of Fashion Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.

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Drawing Works
Savannah College of Art and Design Jan. 2020 - Mar. 2020
Savannah, GA

Wovens based on multivariate polynomial sequences featured in exhibition showcasing conventional and unconventional drawing media.

Fibers Open Studio
Savannah College of Art and Design Feb. 28, 2020 - Feb. 28, 2020
Savannah, GA, United States

Several projects and site-specific installation on local fiber systems featured.

User Researcher + Design Lead
Tybee Island Marine Science Center Sep. 2019 - Nov. 2019
Savannah, GA, United States

The SCAD Design for Sustainability Biomimicry course was tasked with developing an installation that would promote environmental empathy through biomimetic thinking for the new Tybee Island Marine Science Center. I contributed to primary and secondary research, exploring local ecology, community need


s, and museum and education practices. I led the design team, developing a human-centered installation and the visual language for all assets.

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Product Designer + Workshop Lead
Awamaki Jul. 2019 - Aug. 2019
Ollantaytambo, Peru

After working as a design intern in the Sacred Valley, Peru the summer of 2018, NGO Awamaki asked me to return summer of 2019 as a temporary product designer and on-site liaison between design, marketing, and production teams. In this role, I developed cross-cultural visual communication tools to sha


re with indigenous weavers; created and executed educational workshops with artisans; and aided in 2020 handbag collection development.

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Product + Graphic Design Intern
JOYN Bags May. 2019 - Jul. 2019
Rajpur, India

I worked across platforms as part of JOYN's 5-person design team in Rajpur, India. I developed prints, silhouettes, and tech packs for the Holiday 2019 handbag and giftables collection and worked directly with the local production team to create samples. Additionally, I created internal and external


graphics including line sheets, hang tags, email campaigns, and partner presentations and helped develop a new brand identity.

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EF Global Education Symposium
Education First Nov. 2, 2018 - Nov. 3, 2018
Boston, MA, United States

Spoke on Student Voices on Global Citizenship Panel.

Industry sectors




Human-Centered Design

Design for Sustainability

Design research

Data Visualization

Social Innovation

Graphic design

Web design

Software skills

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe AfterEffects

Rhino 3D Modeling Software








Native language


Professional knowledge

Personal details

Green card holder / US working permit

Potentially open to relocate

Designing Human-Centered Logistics Systems

Abby Hollis joins Santosh Sankar to discuss creating sustainable supply chain systems, understanding human-centered logistics, and designing with speed and empathy.

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Stepping Back to Step It Up with Abby Hollis

Nicholson Baird of SCAD Manor shares insights from an interview with Abby Hollis on her experiences working with artisans around the world.

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The Sustainable Spectrum

In "The Sustainable Spectrum," Hollis explores the spectral nature of sustainable production in the fashion industry.

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