Stephanie Ibanez embraces the Filipino heritage and identity in her creation of BAYAN BOX, a subscription box that offers fun and tangible culture sourced directly from the Philippines. The project builds on the fact that the Filipino diaspora constitutes one of the largest Asian immigrant populations in the United States, yet they are often considered a forgotten minority in terms of misclassification and lack of cultural representation.
The box concept is inspired by the tradition of sending care packages home, called ‘balikbayan’, and explores the different regions and cultures within the Philippines. Typography, imagery, and subscription content are created by Filipinos, fostering the celebration of their own heritage.
Stephanie is a communication designer based in Los Angeles. Having been back and forth to Berlin for the past ten years, she finds inspiration from her various cultural experiences as the driving force in her design style. In her free time you could find her lazing around with her dog Torben.
It's scary to look that far ahead, but I hope I'm content with my life in 20 years. Maybe I'll still be in Europe with my own design studio- that's my dream!
If I think "Dang, I wish I made that.". Then it's a good design.
Taking a project week and illustration class in German!
Use any and all available resources you can! And go to campus events to meet friends. Time will fly by faster than you know it.
Waking up early.
With a fat nap.