DARTE [dar-te]: To Give. 

There's a saying in Spanish that rings true in any language: "Dar te da más," which means "Giving gives you more," or, loosely, "The more you give the more you will be given." 

Darte leads with this every day as we connect with the humans—and doggos— that bring our work to life. 

We specialize in coaching design-based approaches for lifelong learners, integrating mindfulness practices with modern technology, and designing experiences for exploration. 

Our methods yield faster and better outcomes. 

With our in-house studio and makerspace, and our network of makers and thinkers all around the globe, Darte is able to create the low-resolution prototype you need to put in front of your users.

We're specialists at bringing design tools to teams all around the world...and at improvising when the tools and materials aren't exactly what we expected. 

Let us show you the value of listening to your user, the glory of ideating outside the status quo, the beautify of collaborative generation and capacity building. 

Queremos Darte— we want to give you— The Power of Design. 

Artist Tamblyn Gawley captures the resounding sentiment at the OpenMind::OpenArt Gallery of 2017.

Jessica A. Artiles

Founder

Chief Design Officer

Jessica Artiles knows it well: Design is Power. 

As the Founder and Chief Design Officer of Darte Design, she coaches and co-creates with businesses and change-makers on how to use design-based approaches to increase the impact potential of their ideas. She co-founded The Second L and launched ÉPOCA, the first residential Self-Fulfillment Festival, all during her wedding. 

 

Jessica believes everyone is born thinking like a designer— she just helps you shake off the dust and stretch back into it. 

 

During her Master’s Thesis at MIT she invented DesignShops, a process to shorten the time by which someone begins to think and problem-solve like a designer, and then lived and traveled around the world spreading design thinking—and other hacks— to catalyze the impact potential of people by transforming them into design thinkers. 

 

By combining her background in sustainability from her MIT Mechanical Engineering undergrad with her certification as a Reiki Apprentice Healer, she can  challenge her clients to incorporate a balanced, holistic approach to the ancient human experience of creativity and solving problems. 

Jessica serves on the Advisory Board of MIT’s Global CoCreation Lab, was co-lead of the MIT Presidential Advisory Cabinet, and the Director of the MIT OpenMind::OpenArt gallery on the future of health and wellness.

Jessica is one of Boston’s Latino 30 Under 30 in recognition as a “Most Influential Leader,” a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art, and a Queen and In-House Design Strategist at RisOn. 

She lives with her husband as Graduate Resident Advisors in the world’s greatest playground— MIT— running experiments with her students in residential-based learning, culture, and community mobilization. 

When she’s not working you can find her by the water brainstorming the future of the human condition, curating the next cohort of Thoughts Over Tea and related art projects, and playing with her Sheltie, Chuli (she’s the goodest girl).

Selected Clients we've Played with

Locally

- The Office of the President of MIT

- Credit Suisse

- EXPLOStudio

- Koru Strategy

- The MIT Edgerton Center

- Beyond the Agency

- OpenMind::OpenArt Gallery

- The MIT Teaching Systems Lab

- Seven Arrows Academy

-Meadowbrook K-8 School of Weston 

- Greater Lawrence Technical School

- Boston Society of Architects

Internationally

- Moonshot Academy, Beijing

- Catalyst Education Lab, Hong Kong

- Mingdao High School, Taiwan

- Mujeres Solares, Nicaragua
- Estácio de Sá, Rio de Janeiro

- KLE Technological University, India

- Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, Colombia

- TEDx, Brasil

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"Jessica Artiles worked as a consultant for my school in the field of design thinking, student research, and maker spaces. 

 

Ms. Artiles was hired to help me create a summer camp program for children ages 3-10 that focused on design thinking and maker space. She challenged me to push past what I already knew and dive deeper into what we could get out of the kids. She also taught me new ways to observe, identify, and document research done in and out of the classroom. Ever since its origin 4 years ago, our camp has continued to grow and for the past 2 summers, we have had to turn people away due to our large enrollment. Ms. Artiles helped to create and design a program with me in which she listened and trusted my knowledge and expertise in education and the young age group, and adapted her programs and ideas accordingly. 

 

She came in extremely helpful, asking questions, and doing everything she could to learn our business before jumping in to create or make suggestions or plans. After working with Ms. Artiles, I have had other consultants come in to train, provide professional development, and share their expertise in the field of education. These experiences helped me to see what a unique approach that Ms. Artiles had in her communication and implementation style. Many professionals hired for specific training and consulting come in and simply "tell" a school what to do and provide a "plug and play" type of training. Ms. Artiles actually did the complete opposite, spending time observing, getting to know our clientele, our school's unique culture, and the educators that make up our establishment.

 

Ms. Artiles is a problem solver and finds ways to strategize by examining all angles of the issue at hand. She does not accept the typical or standard solution as the way to go, rather she dissects, discusses, and formulates ideas by really getting to know the ins and outs of an institution. Not only is Ms. Artiles knowledgeable and resourceful, she also has a very bubbly, exciting personality that welcomes everyone in. She is easy to get along with and sensitive to the emotions of working with educators and children.

 

Once she finished her job with us, she maintained constant communication with myself and the executive director. Even after four years, she remains available for me to 

contact and use as a resource. 

 

The knowledge, training, and support we received from Ms. Artiles is something that I continue to use daily and was a key component to building a large part of our school's curriculum in a myriad of ways. I am extremely fortunate to have worked with her and value all that I have learned."

— Amy Marston, 
Lead Makerspace Educator,
Little Dolphins Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten

Solve the right problem.

Tools, Strategies, and Design Spotlights from Around the World— 
 

Subscribe to our Newsletter.

It's spam free!

© 2020 Darte Design