Design is about more than just what looks good. From what we choose to wear to what we bring into our homes, design tells us what matters and sometimes who matters. And, as is true for all of us, a designer’s identity and experiences affect their ideas in both subtle and not so subtle ways. This week on the podcast, Brian Lowery talks with two artists about how issues of identity and power inform their work: Bryce Wong, footwear designer at Nike SB, and Jomo Tariku , furniture designer and creator of the Nyala chair.
Brian Lowery is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and a social psychologist by training. He received his doctorate from UCLA in 2001 with a minor in statistical methods.
Bryce Wong is a footwear designer in the SB (skateboarding) Department at Nike, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon. Bryce is also an artist, a tattooist and a presence on social media.
Ethiopian American artist and industrial designer Jomo Tariku is defining a new design language of modern African-themed furniture.