My oldest daughter, Grasshopper and Sensei, loves design, particularly industrial design. I am frequently buying bottles full of unappetizing liquids that I am forced to drink because she loves the shape and design of the bottle.
I think my daughter will apply her artistic skills towards social justice projects. I saw a glimpse of this recently when she wrote to Mama Chia about their eco-unfriendly package design. What really made me happy was how she combined her SIMS math class (real world applications of math through group work) with her industrial design interest:
It was equally amazing that Mama Chia replied to her!
My son seems to be following in his sister’s arty footsteps, with a passion for drawing manga. His manga is on display on his Instagram: tai.lee_art.
I realized that not many kids have access to design that the careers within this field so I wanted to share the Japanese site, Design Ah!, which does a really good job showing kids how industrial design is everywhere.
p.s. Grasshopper and Sensei has her own website with her art: Flying On Miles.
p.s. Fast Company: Can design thinking boost 6th-graders’ skills?
BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.