Julia is a Designer!



Hi, I'm Julia!

I'm a Industrial Designer and Researcher currently bringing products to life at Leadoff Studio and creating a more inclusive society at Open Style Lab. Some of my recent achievements are: The winner of the 2018 Core77 x A/D/O Designer in Residence, a finalist in the 2018 FastCompany World Changing Ideas (WCI) Awards and first place in product design for the 2017 International Design Awards (IDA).

I am Chinese American and have lived in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Long Island, NY before pursuing a dual-degree from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College in New York City. I am fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. My educational background, multicultural background and love for traveling has given me a global and culturally-driven perspective that challenges the design of products to be more socially, environmentally and economically inclusive.

Please feel free to contact me at mail.julialiao@gmail.com or connect with me on LinkedIn. My CV is available upon request.



Press / Awards / Exhibitions


March 2018

Fast Company WCI Awards

April 2018

The New York Times

May 2017


March 2018

NBC News

September 2017

International Design Awards

May 2018

The New York Times Styles

May 2017

CNBC Technology Review

March 2018

Yahoo! Lifestyle

December 2017

Blackwood Design Awards

May 2018

The Luxury Daily

December 2015

Parsons Notable Thesis Work

May 2016

AARP x The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine

October 2017

Voice of America - Chinese

May 2017

A Plus

September 2017

The Funambulist Magazine

January 2018

NYC World Maker Faire

October 2017