Allison Chan
(b. 1995, Honolulu) Designer, artist, cook, and sometimes farmer from the Pacific Northwest, based in Northern California. Devoted to nurturing slowness, deep flavor, and communal abundance in all areas of life.
Select Clients
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
Permanent AgricultureIDEO CoLab
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle Design Festival Google
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
Kamaya, Kamiyama, Japan
Chez Panisse, Berkeley
Joodooboo, Oakland
Ramen Shop, Oakland
Jo’s Modern Thai, Oakland

Intifada Incantation

Web graphic and illustration for Intifada Incantation, a community reading of poems by Palestinian writers or poets in support of Palestinian liberation, including Fady Joudah, Mosab Abu Toha, Noor Hindi, Etel Adnan, Fargo Nissim Tbakhi, Leena Aboutaleb, Aracelis Girmay, Liane al Ghusain, and many more. Organized by Oakland-based artist, writer, and educator Leena Joshi. Broadcasted on Lower Grand Radio.    

Anisa Jackson

Simple website for New York-based curator, writer, and artist Anisa Jackson.

2022– 2023

Product and brand design for Permanent, a small company working to transition our community’s food systems towards short-chain, regenerative agriculture and steward regional food sovereignty.

Joy Woods

Logo and brand for Joy Woods, a multi-family farm and community stewarding 15 acres of regenerative agriculture in the Sonoma Creek Watershed.

Revolution & Us

A pocket poster and pamphlet to help keep each other safe in the fight to keep us all safe. Co-organized and designed with Zainab Aliyu and By Us For Us, with contributions from a community of organizers, artists, and educators. Distributed by small press for free across New York and the Bay Area.


Time Portraitures

A pair of slow clocks: one that stops when looked at, another submerged in gooey oil. Each loses momentum the more it labors. Dormant at first, a pulse can only be discerned if you give it time and listen closely.

Exhibited at the School for Poetic Computation. Featured in Creative Applications.


Left: A large, unmarked clock veiled in black velvet. Its face and hands are hidden from view, but a soft ticking can be heard if you listen closely.

Right: the same clock, unveiled. Triggered by a light sensor, the hands stop ticking, and the clock is idle. The current time is unknown.

A smaller, unmarked clock partially filled with mineral oil. With each revolution, the viscosity of the oil slows the hands down. The current time is unknown.

Ocean to Forest, Death to Life

Every year, tens of thousands of salmon migrate back through the Salish Sea to spawn and die in their ancestral rivers and streams. Retracing the earth’s magnetic and chemical pathways over hundreds of miles, salmon return home to birth new life and pass onto the next. Oceanic phosphorus and nitrogen from their bones then fertilize the riverbeds, feeding generations of forests and fauna across the Pacific Northwest. In this sacred ritual, death becomes life.


Visualizing Climate Inequality

A data visualization project mapping key correlations between carbon emissions, climate vulnerability, and capital by country. 

Created in collaboration with scientists at UW Atmospheric Sciences. Data from the World Bank, the UN Development Programme, the ND-GAIN Index, UC Berkeley, and NASA. Recognized by the 2016 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Featured in publications like Courrier International and Interfaces Numériques.