Graphic & Experience Design
Phantom Limbs
   MFA Thesis, Installation

Frank Stella: Had Gadya
   Exhibit Design

Soleri’s Vision
  Book Design, Installation
The Power in Our Songs
   Book Design, Installation
   Generative Design



Phantom Limbs: Design Interventions and Site-specific Storytelling
MFA Thesis

Communication Arts 2024, Typography Annual Award
Communication Arts 2024, Interactive Annual Award
Graphis New Talent Awards 2024, Silver and Honorable Mention
PRINT Awards 2024, Design for Social Impact, Second Place

My master’s thesis, Phantom Limbs: Design Interventions and Site-specific Storytelling, explores how the power of site-specific design can be used to tell the forgotten stories of underrepresented communities. As designers, we have the responsibility to activate neglected places, bring hidden history to light, and expand notions of social value.

Focused on Pasadena, I selected several sites where displacements of communities, mainly working class people of color, occurred. I explored site-specific, projection-mapped environmental graphics at various scales by projecting statements, imageries, and other contents that speaks to the history of these sites.

My thesis has been shaped by my undergraduate studies in architectural history and urban planning, outdoor interpretation, and the pioneers of    public art installations such as Barbara Kruger and Lawrence Weiner. By merging graphic design with other disciplines, its power and role can be enriched, making meaningful contributions to public history and the neighborhoods we live in.

French philosopher Michel Foucault talks about heterotopia, which are marginalized places that are removed rom our normal daily lives. Extrapolated from his definition, we can examine urban spaces through a similar lens. Underused spaces, such as alleyways and parking lots, usually serve little purpose. Pasadena has a lot of them. If utilized well, these “urban voids” can also become powerful places for storytelling.

Inspired by the principles and techniques of outdoor interpretation, which is a profession that focuses on outdoor storytelling, the environmental graphics I propose should provide more than just factual information. They should create opportunities for the audience to form their own intellectual and emotional connections.

The entire research, process, and personal reflections are documented in my thesis book.


Frank Stella: Had Gadya at the Skirball Cultural Center
Lead Designer: Debi van Zyl
Working directly with Skirball’s Museum Director Sheri Bernstein, Philadelphia-based curator Ivy Weingram, and lead designer Debi van Zyl, I was responsible for reinterpreting two graphics styles into an important interactive portion of the Frank Stella exhibit. The interactive helps museum visitors understand the abstract artwork In the gallery.

Taking inspiration from the work of Frank Stella and El Lissitzky that are on display, as well as the traditional Hebrew Passover song Had Gadya, I created original artwork for a set of 30 shapes for visitors to interact with that relate to the exhibition. The concept is to let the visitors choose their own shapes to create their own Had Gadya story. My unique Illustrative style and technique elevated the project. I worked closely with the exhibition team to fine tune my drawings Into hand-held shapes that museum visitors can use to craft their own understanding of the Had Gadya song.

I hand-drew and translated these shapes Into digital files and produced files for their final fabrication. Visitors engage with these interactive shapes and gain a unique understanding of the exhibition.


Book design and installation

Urban sprawl has always been a pressing issue. Aggravated by global warming and extreme weather changes, the danger of it has become especially apparent in recent years. As a graphic designer with a background and fascination in architecture, I set out to research, synthesize, and design Soleri’s Vision, a book that examines the cause and effect of urban sprawl and the likely positive outlook in the future.

Inspired by the colors and textures of the American Southwest, where Soleri’s Arcosanti project is based, the book mainly uses warm, rich earth tones. Images are treated with a grainy texture to mimic the impression of sand. Inspired by the circular forms of Arcosanti, there is a consistent use of circular motifs throughout the book.

A sequence that demonstrates the sprawl of Los Angeles over the years

The designs of image call-outs and folios are inspired by architectural drawing notations: as you flip through the pages, the scale bar on the bottom-left corner continues to extend.

The second part of the projection is an installation, designed to be a centerpiece at the book launch event. The projection-based installation gives a preview of the book’s first two chapters: curated footage that portrays the cause and effect of urban sprawl and Soleri’s vision is projection-mapped onto the structure with MadMapper, with typographic call-outs supplying additional information. The half-dome structure is also inspired by the form of Arcosanti. The content projected onto the half-dome on the left is the literal representation of urban sprawl and Arcosanti, whereas the footage projected onto the right is an abstracted, atmospheric interpretation of the narrative.


  Book design, identity, creative coding

Designed for young folk music lovers, The Power in Our Songs is a hypothetical book and installation designed to consolidate, celebrate, and honor the legacy of the Newport Folk Festival, one of the earliest music festivals in the United States in Newport, RI. It has played a significant role in shaping American music history, yet there has not been a comprehensive work that documents it. This book narrates the history and the lineups from inception to the present day, the different genres of folk music, and the musicians who played significant roles in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement.

 The handwritten typeface represents the analog quality and warmth of the lyrics. The orange and blue duotone image treatment represents the nautical setting of the festival.

In recent years, music festivals have started including interactive art installations. I designed a series of dynamic lyrics installations that respond to live music playing on stage.

Using p5.js, the dynamic lyrics form the portrait of the performers respond to the rhythm and amplitude of the music. The main challenge and accomplishment here was how to use code to create an analog look that goes well with the festival. The materiality and physicality of the installations allow the projections to interact with the nautical wind, light, and the human body.

The same design language is used in different festival merchandise, creating a sense of warm and fostering the feeling of “folk family”. 

A series of throw blankets in the style of collage represents the layers of memories that the festival embodies. The playfulness, nostalgia, and warmth goes hand in hand with the festival. 

This poster is designed to be a double-sided insert included in the book. The front side features the lineups of the festival from its inception in 1959 to the present day. The back side features a minimalistic design of the festival’s information. The structure of the lineup is inspired by the shapes of vinyl records and tree rings. Since the festival happens during the summer right by the ocean, the use of blue and orange is meant to represent the setting.


Generative design, user interface

Bloom is an infographic experience for The Huntington Gardens, located in Pasadena, California. It appears on their website and showcases its unique gardens and plants. Post-pandemic, prestigious cultural institutions have started implementing fun interactive experiences to engage viewers outside of the locations themselves.

I love drawing by hand. One of my major goals when designing this project was to combine traditional analog methods with code-based, generative design. I used watercolor pencil to render the plants from 3 different gardens: Herb Garden, Desert Garden, and California Garden.

The illustrations are imported into Processing as inputs, forming the names of the gardens. The visitors can observe the plants’ growth. They can use the arrow keys to visit different virtual gardens and use their mouse to rotate and pan to observe from different angles.

This video speaks to the overall goals and process of creating this project.