Jacob Lemon
b. 1994
Los Angeles, CA

Jacob is an industrial designer interested in design, architecture, society, politics and their (often) messy interactions. 

selected works ‘17-’21

Buffy Sofa

Future Medical

Opioid Addication


Chair 001/3

Cycling Glasses

Syrian Relief

New Domestic Typology

On Value



Syrian Relief 

In the Syrian city of Aleppo attacks are indiscriminate. Bombing started in 2012, increasing in 2013 and even more so when Russia entered the conflict in 2015. Aleppo was hit by 4,045 barrel bombs in 2016, with 225 falling in December alone.

The map above illustrates the heatmap of attacks and the intensity of damage to structures. Using satellite imagery of Aleppo from 2010 through to 2016, the United Nations Institute for Training and Rsearch (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Program (UNOSAT) was able to identify 33,521 damaged structures by September 18, 2016.

There exists a group of volunteer urban resuce workers, known as The White Helmets. They operate in the most dangerous place on earth - and aid anyone regardless of race or politics.To the right you can see their efforts.  

Raed Saleh, head of the White Helmets
says, “Our unarmed and neutral rescue workers have saved more than 70,000 people, but there are many we can not reach. There are children trapped in the rubble we can not hear”

This is the moment for design to intervene.

Much of the debris is far too large for any one person to lift, and in areas where cars and cranes are not viable. Many people are left due to physical limitation.
Looking at low cost ways to lift debris leads to the discovery of pnumatic
car jacks. These jacks lift sometimes up to 5,000 lbs through compressed
air pressure alone.

The pnumatic jack is supplied by a back apparatus. The back piece carries the compressed air, repair tools, and excess line. The male end of the air jack fits above the forearm to stay out of the way while not in use.