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Project Runway Designer Justin LeBlanc influenced by his deafness

General Interest   |  Wednesday, August 28, 2013

By Jillian Winn

This season's Project Runway, includes Justin LeBlanc, a deaf designer and assistant professor at the College of Design at North Carolina State University.

Project Runway's Justin LeBlanc

Justin is a talented designer with a background in architecture. He interned for Alexander McQueen and Nick Cave and was awarded a Louis Vuitton Scholarship while studying his master's degree.

Justin was born deaf and says, "My deafness has always influenced my design aesthetic." Being deaf has made him a more visual person - he depends on sight in order to understand people and the world around him. He says being a visual person naturally drew him to design and fashion design allows him to express his creativity.

"I have relied throughout my life on artificial means to provide some semblance of sound. The lack of natural hearing heightened my other senses resulting in a perception of the world that differs from that of a hearing person. I sense the world and all of its wonders through sight, touch, scent, and taste, but sound is often a distraction. This notion inspired the idea and direction of my own work and my artistic explorations."

Justin got his cochlear implant when he was 18 and that was the first time he heard anything. The experience inspired his design aesthetic while working on his master's degree at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He described hearing with the cochlear implant "like an invasion into my body and something that is unknown to me."  He says he hears things differently because "I only hear on one side, so therefore everything is 2D. I don’t have any depth to it, so everything I hear is pretty flat, while most people have depth to the sound." The experience inspired him to play around with the concept of altered states and how people see and respond to things differently in his designs.

Justin is a talented designer who incorporates structural elements from his architectural background and life experiences from being deaf into his designs. In addition to being a great designer, Justin is one of the most endearing cast members on Project Runway - he doesn't get caught up in drama in the workroom and gets along with everyone.

Justin in the Project Runway workroom

Last week's episode of Project Runway, called "Let's Go Glamping," had the designers go camping for inspiration for their designs. Justin said, "when I'm in the workroom I have the option of listening to everyone or working on my design," so the camping trip was a nice chance for him to connect with the other designers and get to know them better. It was fun to see Justin teach the other designers some signs during the trip.  Justin was intrigued by the running water of the nearby river at camp and asked the others, "Do each of you have a specific sound that you like to listen to?" (The funniest response was "quiet children"). Justin was inspired by the river water interacting with the rock and used an innovative glue gun technique to create a lace effect for an illusion of water. Unfortunately, the judges did not like his dress and he was voted off.  It was really sad and when Justin walked into the back room and told the other designers he was voted off everyone started crying and came together for a group hug (I have to admit, I got a little fiery-eyed at that point as well!).  Luckily, Tim Gunn came to the rescue with his "Tim Gunn Save" - he get's one save for the season and he used it for Justin because, as Tim said, "I believe that the judges made an error… I believe in your talent. You need a little more time here. I'm using my Tim Gunn save."

We hope Justin does well and we look forward to learning more about him and his design aesthetic on the rest of Project Runway this season.

Photo Credit: Project Runway Justin LeBlanc Season 12, Episode 6 Photos, Retrieved 8/28/13 from




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Signing Savvy Member App now available on Kindle Fire via Amazon App Store

Site News   |  Saturday, March 9, 2013

By Jillian Winn

Signing Savvy AppThe Signing Savvy Member App is now available on the Amazon App Store. Having the app on the Amazon App Store makes it easier to install the app on Kindle Fire devices. The Signing Savvy Member App has been available on the Apple App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices for some time, so we are excited to be able to offer it on the Amazon App Store now as well.

The Signing Savvy Member App is for Signing Savvy full members.  If you are not yet a full member, you can still use the app to easily check the Sign of the Day on your mobile device.

The Signing Savvy Member App allows full members to search and browse signs and word lists, create word lists, and use digital flash cards.

NOTE: While you can access the full website through the browser on most of the mobile devices, the app presents a more streamlined mobile interface.


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Switched at Birth entirely in American Sign Language TONIGHT Monday, March 4

General Interest   |  Monday, March 4, 2013

By Jillian Winn

Tune into the television show Switched at Birth tonight (Monday, March 4th), to see the new episode "Uprising" told entirely in American Sign Language (ASL). It airs at 8/7 central time on ABC Family. It will be the first show on mainstream television to air in entirely ASL. The episode will have open captions for hearing viewers.

The storyline was inspired by protests that happened 25 years ago this March at Gallaudet University. The real-life "Deaf President Now" protests began on March 6, 1988 when the Gallaudet Board of Trustees appointed its seventh hearing president. The protests ended seven days later, on March 13th, after the first Deaf university president, I. King Jordan was appointed.

In the new Switched at Birth "Uprising" episode Daphne leads a demonstration after learning the Carlton School for the Deaf may close.

Switched at Birth is a one-hour television show about two teenagers who were switched at birth. One of the teenagers is deaf and the show incorporates sign language into most episodes. The show was first aired in June 2011 and is now in it's second season.

Check out the all ASL episode tonight to see the beauty of sign language in action!

For more information see the Video on Switched at Birth's All-ASL Episode.

To catch up on any episodes you may have missed, you can watch Switched At Birth online at the xfinity TV Switched at Birth webpage or the ABC Family Switched at Birth website.


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Happy Birthday and Member App Update

Site News   |  Sunday, January 20, 2013

By Jillian Winn

We launched Signing Savvy in January 2009 with the goal of creating a comprehensive online sign language resource.  Over the last four years the site has grown dramatically in content, features, and usage.  We are so grateful for the support of all of our active users.  It is you, our users, that make Signing Savvy so special. We particularly are thankful for our full members who allow us to continue to grow and maintain the site and enhance its features.  As we celebrate the end of our fourth year, we are thrilled about the things to come in 2013 and beyond!

With that said, we are excited to announce that a new version of the Signing Savvy Member App for both Apple iOS devices and Android devices is now available. This long anticipated update addresses all known issues with the previous version, enhances the interface, adds additional sign information, and allows for searching of dates, times, and currency.  And, most notably, the app now takes advantage of the iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone 5 Retina display, and Android tablet display if you are on one of those devices.  The Signing Savvy Member App is for Signing Savvy full members.  If you are not yet a full member, you can still use the app to easily check the Sign of the Day on your mobile device.

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Happy Holidays 2012

Site News   |  Sunday, December 23, 2012

By Jillian Winn

From all of us at Signing Savvy, we wish you joy and happiness during this holiday season and all the best in 2013!


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