I discovered my talent in graphics at the age of eight, when my elementary school teacher asked me to create issues of blackboard bulletin, a monthly publication in a traditional Chinese classroom. For the next ten years, I continued designing award-winning blackboard bulletins before I graduated from high school.
Undergoing traditional Chinese education system, I didn’t hold back my passion for design. After my sister made me a follower of Beyoncé, I became the lead designer who published annual magazines in the biggest Chinese Beyoncé fan forum. From there, I helped all the major Beyoncé social media accounts in China with their visuals and story telling. Read how Beyoncé made me a graphic designer here.
An acceptance letter brought me into California College of the Arts, where I advanced my design skills and critical thinking. I co-created a college-wide trading group, The CCA Underground, that has hosted 1000+ trades. With a few friends, I also started Max CCA, an independent digital platform that forges interdisciplinary interactions between 80% of the community at the college. With honor, I was one of the first students who debuted TBD* at CCA, a student-staffed design studio creating work for Bay Area nonprofits.
Besides college, I was part of John Bielenberg’s interdisciplinary, experimental program Secret Project. I practiced Think Wrong design thinking, took on design challenges in rural areas, and brainstormed with local communities. My friends and I then successfully passed ‘Thinking wrong’ spirit to every participant in our self-organized summer camp — Think Wrong Taiwan.
After graduating from college, I launched and fulfilled a Kickstarter campaign with my friends. It’s called BBCube — A shouting game for civilized people. It was my first kickstarter, and boy, I won’t miss the days that I hand painted 1000+ wooden cubes.