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Theokmt

Princeton, NJ, United States

Designer (Product Design)

Member since November 20, 2008

I first became interested in Social Design while studying abroad in China. I remember visiting a rural town in Yunnan Province and seeing a family who had developed a system for transforming their waste into heat for a winter green house and energy for their gas stoves and indoor lighting. They used the byproduct as fertilizer for their crops. I thought what they did was ingenious and I wanted to be a part of it, so when I returned the United States, I decided to enroll in an interdisciplinary program called Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at Lehigh University so that I could study other cases of how technology could be used to create a better society and healthier planet. However, STS taught me more about the negative implications of technological innovation, and was more concerned with a theoretical examination of how society and technology are interconnected into a seamless web. After leaving Lehigh, I still wanted to learn how technology could help the world, rather than just hurt it. And so I decided to work my way into the industrial design and architecture professions. I currently work at Michael Grave's Design Group as a model maker, and am avidly seeking out opportunities to apply design towards the common good.

I am working together with a group of designers, architects, and artists to develop a program to teach design skills to homeless kids from central New Jersey. We are working in connection with an already established program at the Princeton Arts Council called Home Front.

Social Design awakening from Beijing to Princeton

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My Interests

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