kathy vong
2D Artist and Designer
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work in more you

 work in more you

an experienced designed so you can stress less and make more time for you.

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work in more you is an experience designed so you can stress less, and make more time for you. This project consists of self-care kits and an interactive installation in order to bring positive emotions to students during the most stressful time of the semester: finals week. We want to design with compassion, to spread feelings of reassurance, and to give people a more approachable and light-hearted way of discussing mental health. Through bringing people’s attention to self-care, we can spark a discussion on campus about mental health, and promote a healthier environment for everyone in a way that is fun and uplifting.

Role: Campaign manager, product designer, product production

What exactly did I do?: I published and managed our Indiegogo fundraising campaign. I wrote all the copy for this project and kept our campaign updated. I communicated with people who donated regarding their perks and shipped them out. As a product designer, I worked closely with faculty member Jiwon Park and the other product designer, Duo Xu, to figure out how apply branding throughout a variety of products. We worked with the branding and communication teams to brainstorm product ideas as a studio. I was also in charge of working with finding suppliers and handing over deliverables so our products could be purchased and produced. I also prepared files for riso printing and created product mockups.

All the products included in the work in more you kit.  What’s included: Chocolate, essential oils, stickers, motivational cards, buttons, coloring pencils, a coloring book, fortune cookie containing random motivational messages, soothing tea, and a stress ball.

All the products included in the work in more you kit.

What’s included: Chocolate, essential oils, stickers, motivational cards, buttons, coloring pencils, a coloring book, fortune cookie containing random motivational messages, soothing tea, and a stress ball.

For the kit, we decided on using bubble wrap bags. For many, bubble wrap is a fun material and popping bubbles can be therapeutic. They are also transparent, so you can see the products. We thought it was a fun solution.  All kits were packed individually by hand! I spent many long, long nights in the studio.

For the kit, we decided on using bubble wrap bags. For many, bubble wrap is a fun material and popping bubbles can be therapeutic. They are also transparent, so you can see the products. We thought it was a fun solution.

All kits were packed individually by hand! I spent many long, long nights in the studio.

 

Below contains examples of initial product mockups I created at the start of the project to give potential supporters an idea of what products we will be creating.

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wkrm is a creative, multidisciplinary design studio run by UT students and led by faculty director Jiwon Park, housed in the Design Department of the School of Design and Creative Technologies. We co-design with clients to create brands, products, spaces, and experiences. The current wkrm team consists of: Anna Brink, Ryan Hicks, Lille Kester, Carolina Masuero, Dani Munoz, Mailei Schmidt, Akash Shetye, Anna Steinhagen, Kathy Vong, and Duo Xu.