Chester Ong is a Chicago-based product designer who uses traditional materials and familiar forms to create approachable objects that are not what they seem.
Hidden electronics and other technologies are embedded to create surprising interactions, producing unexpected moments of delight.
Chester’s background in psychology paired with a user-centered design approach drives his interdisciplinary practice. These concepts are incorporated into design to encourage behavioral change or designs that reconcile tools of mass-production with skills and technique of craft.
In 2015, Chester graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Master of Design in Designed Objects program and launched a furniture piece for CB2’s small space living collection. He is currently a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago teaching Digital Modeling Solidworks to undergraduates and graduate level students and Introduction to Product Design for Adult Continuing Education students.
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