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Urban Artery: Upcycling Accessory


Urban Artery: Upcycling Accessory

ILSA YUMENG LI (zh: 李雨萌), a Chinese-born, US-based multi-award winning designer, researcher, and founder, explores the realm of interactive tangibles by uniquely combining her scientific and artistic backgrounds. With the guiding question, "Why not craft multi-sensory designs to celebrate humanity-centered experiences through innovative interfaces?", Ilsa creates cross-disciplinary work in mixed media and technology. Her work emphasizes seamless, tactile, and soft interactive interfaces, connecting humans across various dimensions, from spatial design to wearables, in decentralized, elastic, and anti-fragile forms. Through her art, Ilsa uncovers and showcases the beauty of SOFT interfaces that interact naturally and harmoniously with people.


Urban Artery: Upcycling Accessory

Ilsa's accolades include the iF Design Award, IDA Gold, and European Product Design Award Top Design, with features in prestigious design publications such as Yanko Design, Tuvie Design, DesignLab, TrendHunter, and 3D Natives. Ilsa has been adept at form learning, visual communication, kinetic sculpture, 3D printing, and interactive fiber design. She is currently an artist and a researcher in design studies, social behaviour and soft robotics at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).


Urban Artery: Upcycling Accessory

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