Hi, my name is Noel Seiji Ekker. I’m one quarter French, one quarter Hungarian, and half Japanese, born and raised in LA. Growing up I was always 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. While interning at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, I saw how real solutions could expand human knowledge and opportunity. I wanted to create that type of real-world impact, and I switched to Product Design. 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 Portland and 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 positive global 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 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 (lived 3 months), Austria (lived 7 months), Israel (lived 4 months), Palestine, Japan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Denmark, England, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey,, New Zealand, Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia.
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Jerusalem and the West Bank of Palestine
The Pacific Northwest
Mom and Dad and me, in Hawaii and Thailand