“When I looked in the mirror, I stopped seeing the shame of an unmarried woman. I started seeing new possibilities ahead of me, and rejecting the notion that the world’s ending for women of age. Instead of receding into age, I decided to lean into it.”
The Mash-Up Americans is your guide to our cross-cultural, multi-hyphen, noisy, joyous, messy modern society. With laughter and blunt honesty, hosts Rebecca Lehrer and Amy S. Choi dive into a wide range of topics through a lens of race, culture and identity — celebrating the diverse communities that make us who we are and exploring what it means to be American today.
To launch the podcast's new season, they dive into their very favorite topics: sex and relationships. They'll be joined by Ti Chang, founder of the women's luxury sex toy company Crave, for titillating conversation and a build-a-vibe demonstration; comedian Maeve Higgins; Sopan Deb, culture writer for The New York Times, and Tobin Low, co-host of the WNYC Studios podcast Nancy, for a panel on dating; and to close out the night, a conversation with Travon Free, an Emmy Award-winning comedian and writer whose work you know from Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, The Daily Show, and much more.
Within the Industrial Design community, Ti Chang needs little introduction. She is the co-founder of CRAVE and the current chair of IDSAsf. Upon entering the workforce, Chang noticed that there were very few women in Industrial Design, so she sought to incorporate the female perspective into product design and to help build a community for women to share their experiences. She began to host regular meetups for women in Industrial Design, which led to IDSA asking her to be the chair of the local chapter.
“Don’t force it.” “Grease it good.” “Dip the tip.”
The innuendoes came thick and fast — see? — at Crave’s “Build Your Own Vibrator” workshop. When co-founder Michael Topolovac opened the presentation by saying “Thank you for coming,” a voice from the back said, “No pun intended.”
A room of about 40 people — mostly women and a surprising amount of men — were instructed on how to put together the Duet Pro, Crave’s not-yet-released smart vibrator. Everyone constructed their vibrators by hand, from greasing to screwing to sliding the two halves together — see?
Sex toys are starting to look less and less like, well, sex toys
Vibrators have been such a popular gadget that nineteenth century inventors turned them into one of the first electrified devices in history. Today, they've become so mainstream that you can even buy them at Target. But for Ti Chang, our guest on this month's Ars Technica Live, vibrators are an industrial design challenge.
„Nasza teraźniejszość to nieustanne myślenie o przyszłości, planowanie, ciągłe przekraczanie granic, dążenie do doskonałości, długowieczności i nadludzkości", twierdzi Dorota Stępniak, kuratorka wystawy „Body", którą od dzisiaj możesz zobaczyć we Wrocławiu. Postęp technologii zmieni na pewno to, w jaki sposób będziemy wyglądali w przyszłości. Przez ostatnie sześćdziesiąt lat zaszło w naszym środowisku życia mnóstwo zmian. Funkcjonujemy w czasach Antropocenu, czyli epoki, której głównym wyznacznikiem jest nasz wpływ na wszystko, co nas otacza.
If you haven’t been acquainted with the lady who’s changed the sex industry in SF, well, it’s time to get to know her. Ti Chang, the co-founder and designer of Crave, is making the vibrator world just a little more chic.
In the past few years, a sexual revolution of sorts has been happening globally, with female designers leading the charge in developing beautiful and functional products in the adult toy industry, specifically for women. One of them is Ti Chang, cofounder and lead designer at Crave.
Designers have a deeper appreciation of the beauty of objects compared with most people, but they also tend to live minimally. That got us wondering: When designers do cave in to their basest impulses and start hoarding, what do they collect, and why?
So we reached out to more than a dozen of our friends in the design community. To say we weren't prepared for the responses we got is an understatement. Designers collect lots of things, and many of their collections are far weirder than you would ever possibly expect. (Ahem, the cofounder of a designer sex toy company who collects three-headed parakeets). Here's what the designers we asked collect, and why. READ MORE
Ti Chang, co-founder and VP of Design of Crave, also commented:
“We’ve been extremely fortunate over the past few years to have our products embraced not only by consumers, but by the global design community at large. With that increased visibility comes the challenge of protecting our designs, as well as continuing to make more and better products. This new investment will be highly valuable on both fronts.”
Ti Chang sabe que los adultos también juegan, pero se rehúsa a diseñar penes fosforescentes. En su lugar, crea delicadas piezas de joyería que despiertan los placeres más profundos de sus usuarias a través de la vibración.
Super fun interview with Jonathan Cotton, straight talk about where I've been and what I *might* want to do next...
I am honored to have presented at POPTECH where I gave my talk on Design + Sex Toys - my personal journey from an industrial designer to entrepreneur.
We can’t help but wish it had been our idea: a vibrator, that doubles as a necklace, that just happens to be minimal & eye-catching. Groundbreaking. But in fact, it was the creative baby of industrial designer Ti Chang, along with a whole slew of beautiful products all geared towards women & their desires. Doubly groundbreaking. Upon meeting the glowing, and brainy woman behind CRAVE, we knew we had to share her path to pleasure — so you could find yours. - via Vérité Published