Richard

Graphic Designer
Chicago, IL, USA
$ 41.00
/ hour
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I am a designer and artist based in Chicago, where I have studied as an undergraduate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My education has focused on visual communication design, studio practice, and modern and contemporary art history. My creative work has been exhibited at the Chicago Public Library, Northwestern University’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery, SAIC Sullivan Galleries, the Rockford Art Museum, Rockford University Art Gallery, and Northern Illinois University’s Art Museum. Additionally, I have presented my creative work at academic conferences on Asian American studies as well as French and Francophone studies. As a freelance graphic designer, I have worked with local artists, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Currently, I am a graphic designer for a microscopy research center at Northwestern University, where I assist with outreach efforts. In applying for the World's Greatest Internship, I am seeking dynamic opportunities to grow as a designer. The WGI will help me in my pursuit of a long-term career in design.

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Northwestern University
Graphic Designer and Outreach Assistant
March 2020 to now
Evanston, Illinois, USA
PoNJA GenKon & Asia Art Archive in America
Wikipedia Initiative Fellow
January 2021 to now
remote (USA)
March 2020 to now
Evanston, Illinois, USA
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Foreign languages: Vietnamese, French

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I’m eager to collaborate with the WGI design firms. I have a diverse background in art and research, making me a valuable team member. Along the way, I will be interested in challenging myself, but I’m also enthusiastic about making my own contributions using the skills I’ve cultivated thus far.

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I am a designer and artist based in Chicago, where I have studied as an undergraduate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My education has focused on visual communication design, studio practice, and modern and contemporary art history. My creative work has been exhibited at the Chicago Public Library, Northwestern University’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery, SAIC Sullivan Galleries, the Rockford Art Museum, Rockford University Art Gallery, and Northern Illinois University’s Art Museum. Additionally, I have presented my creative work at academic conferences on Asian American studies as well as French and Francophone studies. As a freelance graphic designer, I have worked with local artists, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Currently, I am a graphic designer for a microscopy research center at Northwestern University, where I assist with outreach efforts. In applying for the World's Greatest Internship, I am seeking dynamic opportunities to grow as a designer. The WGI will help me in my pursuit of a long-term career in design.

1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?

Last spring, while I was on a leave of absence, I worked three jobs. One job as a graphic designer for Northwestern University. One job in student services at the University of Chicago. And one job in academic administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Experiencing the pandemic while working over 70 hours a week was a testament to my tenaciousness and willingness. Moreover, I worked multiple jobs because there wasn’t one particular job I wanted to settle for. Instead, I wanted to carve out my own niche. For me, the benefit of taking risks is knowing how they can be worthwhile learning experiences notwithstanding failures and successes.

2. How are creativity and innovation related?

Creativity begets innovation. Whereas creativity has broad applications, innovation is more particular. Creativity is more like art, and innovation is more like science. Or, creativity is to design what innovation is to engineering. Although innovation might suggest novelty, I would argue it takes creativity to subvert norms and think outside the proverbial box. In the words of Missy Elliot, “I put my thang down, flip it and reverse it. Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gnaht ym tup i.”

3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?

Clarity comes with the expertise of designers. Designers are able to envision a process whereby we identify, evaluate, and critique our progress with the purpose of propelling ourselves forward. Creativity, while having in mind a set of criteria and goals, helps ultimately guide us. Designers can contribute valuable experimentation while also understanding the parameters of a project to help ideas come to fruition.

4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?

I would spend my 30 minutes speaking to a language partner in Vietnamese. I enjoy learning languages and being able to devote time to practice every day. As a designer, I appreciate the typography, orthography, and calligraphy of the Vietnamese language. Vietnamese typography is something I have also incorporated into my projects (see my logo design for Saigon Sisters). Moreover, daily language practice is a reflection of my work ethic: I like to work toward big goals through manageable stages.

5. What is one risky and bold goal in life you have? Or, if you could dedicate your life to solving one problem, what would it be?

I want to relocate to Vietnam to build a network with local designers and artists. It will give me international exposure and experience with global design. I’ve been to Vietnam once before, and since then, researching the country has become an academic interest. I have also become acquainted with Vietnamese artists, and I have followed the work of the design firm Rice since 2012 with the hope that I may someday become a collaborator. As such, I am keen on making an impact on Vietnamese design.

6. Explain your creative process

My practice is driven by research. I typically employ analysis and narrative to serve as critical frameworks. I question how a subject is historicized and how it is understood in terms of interrelated ideas. My methodology is comparative yet also hierarchical. I use this approach to evaluate common visual languages as well as their cultural contexts. In my independent work, I am usually interested in pop cultural issues encompassing communication and image.

7. What is the best advice that you have been given?

"Aspire to inspire before u expire."—Kim Kardashian

8. What is your definition of creativity?

My sense of creativity is predicated on my ability to see things differently. I cultivate an interdisciplinary practice because it allows me to see a given subject from multiple points of view. It helps me understand a concept through associative connections, which in turn gives me a holistic perspective. Depending on my needs, I can utilize different frameworks to approach a particular situation.

9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?

“Le Disco” by Acid Arab and Rizan Said “This Sound” by DJ Spektur “Dernière Danse” by Ugg’A “Arc-en-ciel” by Polo & Pan “Me!Me!Me!, Pt. 1” by DAOKO and TeddyLoid “Cua” by HIEUTHUHAI and MANBO “Bet on Me” by Suboi “Swords” by M.I.A. “Caminante” by Las Bistecs “Garras de Tigre” by María Daniela u su Sonido Lasser

10. How do you want people to remember you?

When it comes to leaving an impression, I value having meaningful exchanges with others, especially knowing that my interlocutors could become future colleagues or collaborators. I am mindful of these interactions because it is not always apparent when I engage with someone again. As such, I practice gratitude in these instances. Every opportunity is an opportunity to impress. I want the people who’ve met me to remember me as someone who is motivated, curious, and continually striving for improvement.

Have you been convicted of a crime and/or a felony? If so, what was the offense? State the city, country, and date.

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I’m eager to collaborate with the WGI design firms. I have a diverse background in art and research, making me a valuable team member. Along the way, I will be interested in challenging myself, but I’m also enthusiastic about making my own contributions using the skills I’ve cultivated thus far.

Why are you interested in this opportunity?

What are you looking to gain from an opportunity like this?

What would be your goals after completing this engagement?

4. How did you hear about wgi?

Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

What brands and companies do you admire and why?

What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

What’s your favorite quote?

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

Bio

I am a designer and artist based in Chicago, where I have studied as an undergraduate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My education has focused on visual communication design, studio practice, and modern and contemporary art history. My creative work has been exhibited at the Chicago Public Library, Northwestern University’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery, SAIC Sullivan Galleries, the Rockford Art Museum, Rockford University Art Gallery, and Northern Illinois University’s Art Museum. Additionally, I have presented my creative work at academic conferences on Asian American studies as well as French and Francophone studies. As a freelance graphic designer, I have worked with local artists, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Currently, I am a graphic designer for a microscopy research center at Northwestern University, where I assist with outreach efforts. In applying for the World's Greatest Internship, I am seeking dynamic opportunities to grow as a designer. The WGI will help me in my pursuit of a long-term career in design.

You should pick me becuase

I’m eager to collaborate with the WGI design firms. I have a diverse background in art and research, making me a valuable team member. Along the way, I will be interested in challenging myself, but I’m also enthusiastic about making my own contributions using the skills I’ve cultivated thus far.

Why are you interested in this opportunity?

What are you looking to gain from an opportunity like this?

What would be your goals after completing this engagement?

4. How did you hear about wgi?

Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

What brands and companies do you admire and why?

What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

What’s your favorite quote?

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

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