The Friday Fives: Talking Teleportation, Pokemon and The Walking Dead with Wendell Huang

July 22, 2016

Wendell Huang

Wendell Huang

Happy Friday! Hope you had a great week.

We are extremely pleased to have Wendell Huang joining us this summer from the Savannah College of Art and Design's Themed Entertainment Design graduate program. As we like to do with our "new recruits", we asked Wendell to pick from a list of questions about life, work, hobbies, and even a few oddities. Here's what Wendell had to say...

Best thing about the industry...

To me the best thing about the industry is its people. Most of them are creative, talented, full of sense of humor and easy to talk to or work with. It looks like people are working funny, exciting, fascinating things out, but the truth is that they are bringing out the amazing things from their own character to share with people. To work and live among these people is the best thing about the industry.

If I had one extra hour in the day, I would …

It really depends on the weather, the mood on that day or the resources I have. Usually I will just lie down on the sofa and start watching "Game of Thrones" or other fascinating TV shows. Now I take walks with friends to catch some Pokémon!

I would advise anyone starting out in a creative career to …

Observe! I believe that any creative activities are relying on the accumulation of one’s experiences. In my opinion, the one who wants to be creative needs to have a keen eye and open mind to observe this world. The ideas will come with the observation, and it will push you to master the skills to realize the ideas. 

The best idea in the history of mankind was …

...definitely the idea of using electric power! You can see even in some “end of the world” movies or shows like “Walking Dead”, people are still to some degree relying on electric power. Though I fully understand people can still survive without it, just like Bear Grylls’ show, I can’t image a world without electricity.

If you could have any super powers, what would they be?

I would like to be able to teleport just like the characters in the movie Jumper (2008).  With this ability I can travel anywhere I want to visit by just thinking about it!

Thanks, Wendell! To learn more about Wendell Huang and his work, check out his portfolio.


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PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT: Mascot Hall of Fame to Open Late 2017

July 19, 2016

"Renderings for the planned Mascot Hall of Fame are mesmerizing." - FoxSports

"It's a place everybody is going to be proud of." - Northwest Indiana Times

The $20 million, 25,000-square-foot National Mascot Hall of Fame, located on Lake Michigan in Whiting, Indiana, is set to break ground this fall. The family-friendly Hall, located less than 20 miles from Chicago, hopes to draw 50,000 visitors per year and will feature a number of interactive exhibit areas, including the "Department of Furry Arts," the "Science of Silliness Lab," and the "Phuzzical Education Department."

Championing the fundraising effort for the Mascot Hall of Fame is ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso, famous for predicting College Gameday victors by donning their team's headgear. He will help spearhead the capital campaign, as well as an endowment fund for future operations.

JRA is providing complete planning, design and project management for the National Mascot Hall of Fame. For a look at our renderings, check out this article in Crain's Chicago Business, and keep tuning in for future updates!

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