I hope to create work that connects to people. I want to initiate and inspire meaningful change in order to make an impact.
My love for design stems from the concept of constant improvement. My goal is to address social and environmental problems and to create work that connects and influences people to find solutions. My areas of interest include world climate change, sustainability and human rights.
How would you describe your design style?
Bold, sharp, colourful and cohesive
What is the most useful piece of design advice that you have received?
Never take criticism personally. You need to have a “thick skin” if you want to succeed.
What is your favourite typeface?
Caslon Graphique or Apercu
Other than design, what creative fields interest you most?
I would also consider myself an artist because of my love for drawing and painting. Before YSDN I thought I was going to be a wedding dress designer.
Is Psychological Fulfillment Attainable without Material Wealth?
After volunteering in Honduras with Habitat for Humanity, my perception of the meaning of happiness has changed. I helped build a house for a family with two young girls. They owned very little and yet they were happy. This experience inspired me to explore the true meaning of happiness. I wanted to investigate why people in developed countries who possess so much wealth tend to be unhappy while many people in developing countries who possess very little can still be content. This poses the question whether psychological fulfillment is attainable without material wealth.
Habitat for Humanity Magazine
The Magazine gives readers an easy way to experience Honduras. Honduras is an unknown country to most. It is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Over half of Honduras’ population live below the poverty line and survive with less than $1.45 per day. I travelled to Honduras with a group of young people who were all the same age. We stayed ten days in a small village about an hour away from Siguatepeque, one of the major cities in Honduras.
I created the Habitat for Humanity Magazine for people to learn about other people’s experience volunteering in a developing country like Honduras. I titled the magazine, “They are not Next Door but they are still Your Neighbours” since the magazine symbolizes the idea of helping one another. By helping others in need, we are sharing happiness and also receiving it in return. My hope is that people will read this magazine and feel inspired to want to make a difference in the world.
When I explored Honduras, I was amazed by the country’s beauty. Honduras is one of the most picturesque countries I have ever travelled to. The beaches and forests are lush and the people are friendly and welcoming. To illustrate this, I combined my personal images from my trip with found images from my research with bright bold colours in each spread. The vibrant colours give the magazine an uplifting tone, while the typography remains loud and bold. The spreads were printed on a heavy textured stock to give the magazine a handmade one-of-a kind feel.
Habitat for Humanity Gallery Exhibition
The Habitat for Humanity Gallery Exhibition showcases volunteers and their work done in Honduras since 2013. Guests can enter through the left or the right to access the exhibition. The main room of the exhibition is a live demonstration of a house construction. This allows guests to learn about the process and to get a feel for the type of work that volunteers experience. As guests explore the exhibition and see images of volunteers and locals’ positive experience, they will discover that happiness is based on psychological fulfillment rather than material wealth. Therefore, the message of the exhibition is that happiness is a state of mind, regardless of one’s location or standard of living.