Neighbor Doorknob Hanger

Good Magazine, USA and worldwide
2010 – Present

Thanks to good neighbors, Chang has shared a ladder, inflatable bed, bike, air pump, wi-fi, drill, iron, professional studio lights, corkscrew, large pot, chairs, wine, food, and books. And this was only amongst a few neighbors because she rarely bumped into most. In a time where texting has made phone calls seem invasive, a door knock feels nearly violating. She created this double-sided doorknob hanger that could be torn out of GOOD Magazine and used as a tool for residents in close quarters to offer and borrow things from their neighbors without disturbing each other at a bad time. It is an invitation, a validated request, and a low-tech status update for your door to provide a friendly platform for connecting at everyone’s convenience.

This project has since been used by many organizations, including Wellington Time Bank, City of Sydney, and NextNOW Fest. Chang welcomes civic organizations to use or remix this idea however they like, and appreciates a small credit to the original inspiration. If interested, feel free download the original files here.

2010, Card stock, 3.5″ x 9″. Featured in GOOD Magazine’s April 2010 issue. Wellington Time Bank, Newtown, New Zealand, 2015 | Bregenz, Bregenz, Österreich, 2015 | City of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 2015 | Neighbour Day, City of Ryde, New South Wales, Australia, 2020 | NextNOW Fest, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, Maryland, 2021.

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