A proud native of the Second City, producer Jenny Lawton joined Studio 360 in 2007. Since then, she's produced the show's American Icons specials on the Disney parks and I Love Lucy, lots of stories in the Aha Moments series, and a portrait of the Japanese tea ceremony from Kyoto. She also serves as the managing editor of studio360.org and coordinates the show's internship program. Jenny started recording interviews as a Watson Fellow in India and Spain, researching the origins of flamenco dance. She cut her teeth in journalism at Chicago Public Radio, where she filed stories on culture, politics, technology, and the environment for WBEZ as well as NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The World, among other programs. Jenny was awarded a USC-Annenberg/NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, and lectures about radio and sound design at NYU and her alma mater, Kenyon College.
Design for the (Japanese) World: Vol. 2
Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 09:34 PM
More great design solutions that I wish we could bring back with us to the US:
Say you're shopping in a department store with your toddler and you need to go to the bathroom... where do you stick the kid? TOTO, maker of the world's most amazing (and complex) toilets offers another great product, attached to the corner of the stall.
The Japanese are known for being extremely considerate -- but sometimes, even they need reminding. Or perhaps they'd like to politely remind their visitors? This public courtesy campaign is in train cars and stations. This is not your brain on drugs -- rather, it's a gentle, rational reminder not to be stupid:
We've enjoyed staying 20 stories above Shibuya, one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in Tokyo. So busy, in fact, that they've done away with crosswalks: at the signal, hundreds of people cross every which way, then clear out completely to make way for the cars. The wash of people -- like four dark waves, crashing into each other and then receding back onto the sidewalk -- takes my breath away every time. Especially since I know we'd never be capable of sharing the street so efficiently and gracefully in Times Square.
- Jenny Lawton