Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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SEGD strives to celebrate projects that inspire and improve the human experience, including those that reflect the narratives of traditionally underrepresented communities. The community members and projects outlined below amplify, celebrate and bring Asian American and Pacific Islander culture and history to the forefront in exemplary ways.

Yeohyun Ahn
Yeohyun Ahn is a designer, educator, researcher, and an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ahn’s new project, Social Homelessness on US Campuses, is a multidisciplinary art and design project bringing awareness of Asian female faculty in America. Having immigrated to America as a designer, Ahn brings an awareness of social inequity, discrimination, and marginality through self-portrait photographs.

Phillip Tiongson
Phillip Tiongson is the founder and CEO of Potion, an experiential design studio based in New York City. Tiongson and his team recently created Power of Intentions for the Rubin Museum of Art. The museum wanted to reinvent the traditional Tibetan prayer wheel in a transformational lobby installation, allowing visitors to actively participate and “release positive energy into the world.”

Andy Chen and Waqas Jawaid
Andy Chen and Waqas Jawaid, cofounders and partners of Isometric Studio, an experiential design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. Their team recently created Who We Are, an SEGD 2020 Global Design Award winner, an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York examining the US census through “data art.” The exhibition leverages the work of leading artists and designers to translate census data into an interactive, immersive experience.