United States of America
Working at the intersection of emerging technology, art and design, Jiabao Li creates new ways for humans to perceive the world. She works across nature, humans’ designed environment, and belief structures and creates works addressing climate change, humane technology, and a just, sustainable future. Her mediums include wearable, robot, AR/VR, projection, performance, software, installation.
In Jiabao’s TED Talk, she uncovered how technology mediates the way we perceive reality. At Apple, she invents and explores new technologies for future products. She graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master of Design in Technology with Distinction and best thesis award.
Jiabao is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including iF Design Award, NEA, STARTS Prize, Fast Company, Core77, IDSA, ISWC Design Award. Her work has been exhibited internationally, at Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, Milan and Dubai Design Week, ISEA, Anchorage Museum, Codame, Primer, OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, CHI, Donghu Shan Art Museum. Her work has been featured on Yahoo, TechCrunch, Domus, CCTV, Yanko Design, Fast Company, Harvard Political Review, The National, Business Insider, Bloomberg, Leonardo, and South China Morning Post.
Harvard University, Graduate School of Design 2016 - 2018
M.Des. Design Technology, with Distinction
National University of Singapore 2011 - 2015
B.Eng. Electrical & Computer Engineering, Distinction Honors
MIT Media Lab 2016 - 2018
Royal College of Art, Contemporary Art Practice 2018
RWTH Aachen, Human Computer Interaction 2014
Stanford University, Philosophy 2020
Apple, Designer for Experimental Products, Interfaces, and Technologies 2017 - Present
Harvard University, Teaching Fellow 2017
Sea, Product Design Lead 2015
AWARDS AND PRIZES
AACYF Top 30 Under 30 2021
STARTS Prize 2020
National Endowment for the Arts 2020
iF Design Award 2018
Core77 Design Award 2019
Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award 2019
Ubicomp/ISWC Design Award 2018
Project Prize for Best Thesis - Harvard GSD 2018
Game Design First Place Award - CHI Play 2017
First Place - Cities for a Flying World 2017
Hacking Art First Runnerup - MIT 2016
Innovation & Research Award - NUS 2015
Unfinished Farewell is an online space to commemorate the people who have left us because of the COVID-19 pandemic. When visitors enter each person's "tomb", they can see their stories and the help-seeking information they posted before they passed away, and leave a message. There are various ways of visualizing the statistics of COVID, but none about individual’s story. This project provides one way for us to visualize and relate to death. Behind every number is a life.