"From my perspective - art, design and all that fall in between - are part of the human experience. It is the exploration of the human experience that drives my creative practice. Sometimes this means problem solving. Sometimes this means expressing or amplifying an idea. Sometimes this means creating products or experiences that elevate our sense of self and our community." - Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson is a Canadian designer and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His practice cuts across a wide creative spectrum - from art and collectible design to humanitarian and consumer products. At every opportunity, he brings his own hands to his work, keeping a human-centered approach as the focus. Jason's work has been seen at the Museum of Modern Art, Design Miami and WantedDesign Manhattan.
Prior to launching his Brooklyn-based studio, Jason spent four years working exclusively with UNICEF Headquarters and UNICEF country offices as a designer, creative director and Innovation Focal Point with the Office of Innovation and Programme Division. The goal of that work was to develop the next generation of tools and resources for humanitarian workers and the people they serve.
Before joining the teams at UNICEF, Jason's design practice flowed through his first company, Planetyou. Over the course of fourteen years, Planetyou worked with clients such as Save the Children and Plan International; released a number of innovative products including an e-tutoring platform called Mindsync; and was a finalist for the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition (conceptualizing the future of learning labs).
The seeds of Jason's design career were sewn as a senior associate at IDEO as a researcher in the medical practice. That experience helped him establish a strong foundation in human-centered design that he's carried throughout his creative career.
WantedDesign Launch Pad (2022)
A staple in the US, Launch Pad at WantedDesign Manhattan presented with media partner Design Milk, is an outstanding international platform for emerging designers that introduces new concepts and showcases prototypes of furniture, home accessories, and lighting. It is the best place during NYCxDESIGN for manufacturers to meet new designers, discover fresh ideas and potential products to develop. Each of the two categories, Furniture/Home Accessories and Lighting, features international pre- selected design studios and independent designers.
Hue+man Design Competition (2021 Finalist)
Sponsored by USM Modular Furniture and Joba Studio, this competition sought to spotlight designers of colour through funding and mentorship. My piece, 'My So-Called Digital Life' is on display at 2021 Design Miami.
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
The Adolescent Kit for Expression and Innovation was featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s (MOMA) ‘Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter’, an exhibit that explored the ways in which contemporary architecture and design have addressed notions of shelter in light of global refugee emergencies.
Spitzer School of Architecture
Design review panel member for candidates of the Zahn Innovation Prize. Guest speaker on the topic of designing for the humanitarian sector.
MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition
2010 Finalist; Conceptualizing the future of learning labs.
To learn more about Jason, please visit jasonrobinson.design.