Designer Profile : Angela Wang
We were incredibly impressed with the innovative student work at the Cal State Long Beach BS & BFA Senior Design Show for Industrial Design & Architecture Design Class of 2013, which featuring the work of 22 young designers. Though all projects were impressive in their integrity and quality, there was one product design that really caught our eye- The MEDA Backpack by Angela Wang.
Designed for motorcycle riders, the MEDA is a waterproof/weatherproof backpack with built-in turn signal and brake lights for safe riding. As a former rider Angela wanted to design a product that could benefit the motorcycle community. Riders face serious risk of accidents due to lack of visibility. There’s no question that riders need to make their presence aware on the road. In addition to its safety features, the MEDA is designed with ample space (it easily fits a 17″ laptop, books, and accessories with room to spare) and provides ergonomic comfort through a unique weight distribution system. Angela is currently working toward developing the MEDA as a consumer product.
We asked Angela to share her design experience with us:
biggest challenge: pattern making, cut lines, scouring the LA fabric district for days and tearing apart camping equipment to determine the 6 fabrics (all waterproof) incorporated in her design
proudest moment: “All the time I put into it paid off! People thought it was a brilliant idea and suggested I patent it ASAP. Riders in my community were interested in purchasing.”
sound advice: Approach people for market research. Don’t be afraid to go out there and make mistakes. invest a lot of time in that concept ideation period.