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Jackson Wang

Los Angeles, California, United States

Designer (Art Direction)

Member since May 22, 2007


  • Spoken Word

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Languages are cultural expressions of a community, its environs and cultural heritage. No matter what language you speak, your mouth makes an interesting shape and is often the first thing you notice when learning a new language. By observing how the mouth is formed and where the tongue is, the student learns how to make the correct intonation.The poster is composed of a chorus of multi-lingualism that would cross the physical and political boundaries of a map.

    The method of creating the photo was taking several photographs of my mouth saying the slogan "Language matters" and then cutting a map into the shapes formed by my mouth. The pieces of paper are then collaged together and scanned into the computer.

  • Paris Velib

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Velib, the new city-wide bicycling program in Paris began last week and it is a pleasant surprise how quickly it has been adopted. More and more Parisians have been cruising in these safe and friendly bicycles the past few days. Each bike is designed with safety features such as front/rear headlights, a protective cover for the crankset and a friendly basket for your belongings. The bike stations are well-lit and the interface is available in French,English and Spanish. Bikes are also conveniently located all over the city. What is clever is that the rental fees for the bike can be paid for with your Navigo card, thus connecting the bicycle almost as an extension of RATP public transportation. I hope more US cities can adopt this bike system as an alternative to driving.

  • Kid-Powered Gadgets

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Pulled from a recent post from Engadget.

    Sony has launched an "eco-friendly" line of prototype products that are powered by human energy. The products are made for energy-abundant kids who are used to rolling, spinning and cranking toys. Electrical energy is gathered from the friction of rolling or it can be charged with a Juicebox, a solar-powered charger. Since human energy can only power so much, the camera, for instance does not have a display. And supposely, the casing is made from recycled plastic.

    The design is a great first step that shows large gadget manufacturers like Sony addressing issues such as energy-consumption and e-waste. Not to mention getting rid of all the power cords!

  • Mottainai ("What a waste!")

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    "Mottainai" means "what a waste" in Japanese and was introduced by Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, in an United Nations conference. A very cute children's book called "Mottainai Grandma" is now available from Kodansha Publishing.

    My grandmother, who grew up poor in China, has her own version of "mottainai". As a kid, she would save the baking tins used for pies as plates and have us drink out of empty glass jars. We couldn't throw anything out nor could we leave any bit of food on our plates.

My Interests

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