Ti Chang is an industrial designer / entrepreneur / activist passionate about designing products for women. She is the co-founder and VP of Design of CRAVE, a San Francisco-based company specializing in pleasure products that look as good as they feel. Ti’s first design at CRAVE debuted through a crowd-funding project to become the world's first crowdfunded sex toy. Since then, Ti has continued to lead the concept and design for the company’s full line of products, including its celebrated sex jewelry. She is credited with mainstreaming the category of sex jewelry with the introduction of the Vesper vibrator necklace in 2014.
Prior to CRAVE, Ti bootstrapped her first company INCOQNITO in 2008, a line of intimate accessories that double as fashionable jewelry which was acquired by CRAVE in 2010. Earlier, Ti held positions with major consumer brands, including Trek Bicycle and Goody Products, where she helped pave the way for women by serving as the first female industrial designer at both Trek and Goody. During her time at Goody, Ti was named inventor on multiple patents and designed the “Ouchless” hairbrush collection, a prolific product for nearly a decade.
Ti is the chair of the Women in Design section of the Industrial Designers Society of America, where she supports the community of industrial designers and women in design. She is also on the advisory board for San Francisco Design Week, Reimagine, and CRAVE Foundation for Women. Ti holds a MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in London and a BS in Industrial Design from Georgia Institute of Technology. Ti will visit UIC to discuss modes of consumption and processes of creation that are both culturally specific and universally understood.
The UIC School of Design public seminar series serves as a research platform for the school’s MDES program, stimulating broad intellectual inquiry about the values guiding the designer by promoting discourse across industrial and graphic design.
UIC School of Design 2021 public seminar series
Thursday, 18 March 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Live stream: https://youtu.be/wf39tCacqs8
Free and open to the public