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Tao Lin

New York, New York, United States

Member since March 10, 2008


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    ISSUE: There is a high rate of suicide among Asian American teens. Family pressure and conflict is one of the main causes among this group.

    NFP ADVISOR: Kim To from Coalition for Asian American Children and Family. The CACF greatly supported my development by providing valuable and efficient data, along with honest feedbacks from each review.

    DESIGN SOLUTION: ShareStation is a workstation desk that generates intergenerational interaction for better communication and understanding between parents and children. The form of the table puts parent and child together in a shared working space and minimizes the physical gap between the two. Storage components in between the two users are also meant to be shared, featuring transparency from both side and could be rotated 360 degree.

    INTENDED BENEFITS: This desk creates a sharing space for the Asian family to improve their relationship through interaction. A strong family bond will help Asian American teens to work through their frustrations.

    NEXT STEP: After I finish up my final piece (prototype), my next step would be to find a business partnership, which the person/people would financially support me to realize my design and to sell the product to possible retailers.

  • ShareStation

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    SHARESTATION: share work space --> generate interaction --> improve communication

    ISSUE: There is a high rate of suicide among Asian American teens. Family pressure and conflict is one of the main causes among this group.

    NFP ADVISOR: Kim To from Coalition for Asian American Children and Family. The CACF greatly supported my development by providing valuable and efficient data, along with honest feedbacks from each review.

    DESIGN SOLUTION: ShareStation is a workstation desk that generates intergenerational interaction for better communication and understanding between parents and children. The form of the table puts parent and child together in a shared working space and minimizes the physical gap between the two. Storage components in between the two users are also meant to be shared, featuring transparency from both side and could be rotated 360 degree.

    INTENDED BENEFITS: This desk creates a sharing space for the Asian family to improve their relationship through interaction. A strong family bond will help Asian American teens to work through their frustrations.

    NEXT STEP: After I finish up my final piece (prototype), my next step would be to find a business partnership, which the person/people would financially support me to realize my design and to sell the product to possible retailers.

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    Mission Statement: ShareStation is a desk that allows two users to work at the same time generating communication and interaction. The common activities of the parent and child in the Asian American society, usually executed separately, would be merged redefining the work and study experience. This new interaction would strengthen the family bond, and support the child through the difficult teenage years.

    Problem: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Asian American women ages 15~24 have a higher rate of suicide than Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics in the same age group. Asian American youths are overly stressed for many reasons with family pressure being a main cause. The generational and cultural gap between Asian American teenage children and their Asian immigrant parents has made family communication challenging causing even more stress during the difficult years of adolescence. A better understanding between child and parent is the most essential need that is seemingly hard to approach due to a lack of interactive and communicative opportunities.

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design