Yellow Line Radio

Project Brief

The yellow school bus has been around for over 50 years, yet it remains as a neglected environment. It was designed to prioritize the safety, but fails to address the implications of the physical and social environments of the bus. We collaborated with Woodland Hills School District of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to transform the yellow school bus experience, while addressing the district’s issues with bullying, boredom and harassment.

Spring 2018
4 month long project

Video, print media and photomontages

This project was developed in collaboration with Aisha Dev and guided by Kristen Hughes.

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How might we innovate on existing practices of students to cultivate a more wholesome bus experience? The current use of music and technology can be transformed to a bus radio network. With the Bus Driver as the host of the Yellow Line Radio, students can upload their created music content and contribute to their bus ride community.

Service Blueprint


Inspiration for current community projects in Pittsburgh such as Hip Hop N Lock and the KRUNK Program:

Below is a workshop with with students from the Woodland Hills School District. We identified common themes of surveillance, segmented social spaces and access to technology, mainly music.

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Hallway from the school

We also organized ongoing workshops with stakeholders from Allies for Children and Administrators from the Woodland Hills School District. The images include mapping the problem space, storyboarding, and iterating on design concepts.

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Image from concept music video