Hi, thanks for checking out my work! My name is Noel Seiji Ekker. I am a graduate of Art Center College of Design's Product Design Department, with a Minor in Social Innovation. I am an Industrial Designer at IDEO.org, where we use design to combat poverty around the world.
I am one quarter French, one quarter Hungarian, and half Japanese, born and raised in LA. Growing up, my family always made me aware of culturally different perspectives, and how each have unique value and insight. I started my design practice in Entertainment Design, combining of my love for film and industrial design to create a powerful emotional impact. But while interning at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, I saw how problem solving for real world challenges could create real opportunity. I wanted to create that type of real-world impact, and I switched to Product Design. And like NASA, I am driven to explore the unfamiliar; to expand my understanding of the systems of the world, and how they contrast and parallel one another. I’ve been lucky enough to study abroad in Berlin and Jerusalem, intern in Austria, and spend months solo backpacking in Asia and South America. I practice design in the same way that I practice travel; by being both systematic and flexible, analytical and intuitive. As a macro goal, I do all of this in the hope to create a positive impact. I love this incredible and diverse world so much, and I seek to understand it in order to help it.
I have a special interest in Service Design, Systems and Strategy, Industrial Design, User Experience, and Impact Design for social, humanitarian and environmental causes.
I have had some amazing experiences in these beautiful countries: Germany (university 2 months), Austria (lived 7.5 months), Israel (university 4 months), Palestine, Turkey, Morocco, Japan, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Portugal, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Denmark, England, Slovenia, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia.
23 Days, 2014-15
Indonesia: Sumatra, Flores, Bali, Java
5 Weeks, 2016
3 Weeks, 2016
Israel and the West Bank of Palestine
4 Months, 2015-16
1 Month, 2015
3 Month Internship, 2014
1 Month, 2014
The Pacific North West
3 Months, 2016
Multiple Other Trips
Mom, Dad and me, in Hawaii and Thailand
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