New ISO50 Intern: Jon Wong

Posted by Scott

I’d like to introduce everyone to the new ISO50 intern, Jon Wong. Like Alex before him, Jon is a student at The Academy of Art, San Francisco. When I first met Jon I was pretty much floored by the quality of his work. Nothing he showed me gave any indication that he was still a student so I can’t imagine where he’s going to take things as he progresses and refines his style.

Above are a few examples of his work from various school projects. All of these came in book form and were masterfully executed. It took some real scrutiny to reveal that these weren’t real, published books. He even pulled off a very convincing aged paper vignette effect on the pages of his Explorers of Tomorrow hardcover. More projects should be going up soon, Jon just started photographing his work and got his Behance page up (I think he’s putting together a Cargo page right now too).

So please give a warm welcome to Jon, he will be sharing with us his inspirations and experiences as a student over the coming months.

More at Jon Wong on Behance

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NEOkeitaro says:

April 13, 2011 at 2:05 am

Welcome Jon! Glad to see a new intern adding to the list of awesomeness! I see you have all the talent and good taste necessary to fit in just great ;)


Graham says:

April 13, 2011 at 2:25 am

u jelly alex? mmm, love that explorers of tomorrow book. Just found an old kids book on space which I’m going to use for a few projects. Looks a lot like it. except this one is actually 20 years old. :)


Thijs Albers says:

April 13, 2011 at 3:51 am

Great work! The snippets from the book look really nice. Looking forward to see more work! Enjoy the internship!


donewithcaps says:

April 13, 2011 at 7:38 am

explorers of tomorrow really gives me that 2001 a space odyssey feel, really special.


Bryant Eslava says:

April 13, 2011 at 8:47 am

Welcome Jon!

I’m sure you’re going to post some amazing work on iso50, I’m excited to see.

Some of your work has that 90’s feel, it reminds me walking into the library back then and coming across the books that have detailed designs. I dig!


Chris says:

April 13, 2011 at 9:18 am

Welcome! I should actually say thanks for joining the ISO50 team. I’m looking forward to your posts.

Amazing work by the way. Very inspiring!


Sam Davis says:

April 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

@Graham – I’m definitely jelly. :P

I really hope Mr. Wong can make some sort of process post for his “Explorers of Tomorrow” book because I seriously need to know how he made that.

That is seriously everything that I’m about and if the Swissair posts here on ISO50 didn’t confirm it for me, this project lets me know that design is what I will be doing with my life. It has to be.

That’s the coolest shit I’ve ever seen.


Jon says:

April 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Thank you all so much for the kind words. I have to admit it is a bit surreal seeing my work alongside so many designers I have admired for so long. Scott, Alex, and the entire ISO50 team have been a huge inspiration to me, and I’m deeply honored and excited to be able to contribute to the community that has influenced so much of my development as a designer.

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

Jefta – Syd Mead is amazing, and I’m glad to hear he’s working on a new project with Neill Blomkamp (District 9). Can’t wait to see how that turns out.

Alex / HeadUp – saw your post on John Berkey, makes me want to revisit the project again. Really great inspiration.

Sam – a lot of the imagery for the Explorers of Tomorrow book came from the website: I suggest you check it out; it’s full of fantastic stuff.