I am a graphic designer and an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Santa Clara University. I am also the co-founder of emotionlab, a progressive research lab to create positive emotional experiences for people through innovative design approaches to human problems. Born in China, I graduated with my BFA in Graphic Design from St. Cloud State University(SCSU) and received my MFA in Visual Studies focusing in Graphic Design from Minneapolis College of Art and Design(MCAD).

Research Statement

In my designs, graphic elements (shapes, color, pattern, type) are constructed, deconstructed and then reconstructed in order to create a richer experience and extend their meaning. As a designer, I understand the need for legibility, but I am more concerned with communicating something more visceral, expressive, and imaginative. My work engages viewers in a way that evokes playing games and figuring out puzzles; they simply can’t get enough of it, and that’s a good thing, because that’s the key to engagement. As a Chinese woman living in the US, I am in an in-between position, which also brings a distinctive perspective for my thinking, being and making.

Teaching Statement

As an educator in Graphic Design, my design course is not just for the talented students, everyone gets an equal chance to explore and share visual ideas while acquiring technical and different learning style, the different tempos they exhibit, the way they react to failure, and the like. As an educator, my goal is to apply diverse methodologies in order to connect with the various students, as well as to challenge them to learn in a variety of ways. For a diverse student body, I hold high, realistic expectations for all students to challenge and develop original solutions and promote their own visual sensibilities. Students learn from other students, I will provide the opportunity to grow while they interact with other students in class discussions.



Studio Art Courses
Typography, Brand Identity, Information Design, Web Design

B.F.A Courses
Digital Design, Typography, Information Design, Package Design, Web Design I, Web Design II, Portfolio Design

M.F.A Courses
Typography, Graphic Design Concepts/Theories, Digital Studio, Print Studio, Sustainable Package Design, Independent Study, Graphic Design Master's Thesis


Solo Exhibition –– Design Enigmas, Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, USA

Group Exhibition –– COLOR POP, San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

Solo Exhibition –– Colorography, Valley City State University Art Gallery, Valley City, ND, USA

Solo Exhibition –– Beyond Form & Color, Harford Community College Chesapeake Gallery, Bel Air, MD, USA

Group Exhibition –– Interaction, College of the Sequoias Art Gallery, CA, USA

Solo Exhibition –– Deconstructing Space, CICA Museum, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

Group Exhibition –– Radical Characters, Boston University Art Galleries, Boston, MA, USA

Group Exhibition –– Figure, Character, Sign, A plus A Gallery, Calle Malipiero, Venice, Italy

Group Exhibition –– Stars Project, Tree Art Museum, Beijing, China

Solo Exhibition –– Greenleaf Gallery, Whittier College, Whittier, CA, USA


Group Exhibition –– CHINA VISAP 2019, Chengdu, China

Group Exhibition –– 4th International Poster Biennale Lublin, MCSU Art Gallery of the Faculty of Art, Lublin, Poland

Solo Exhibition –– Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery, Coker College, Hartsville, SC, USA

Solo Exhibition –– Salmon Gallery, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, USA


First Place Winner in Media: Graphic arts –– Art Competition: Color and Shape, UPWARD Gallery

Winner –– Creative Quarterly 74, Winner, Graphic Design: Professional Category, New York, NY, USA

Winner –– STA 100 Competition, The Society of Typographic Arts Winner, Chicago, IL, USA

Merit Award –– GDC Award 2021, Shenzhen, China

Winner –– Creative Quarterly 64, Winner, Graphic Design: Professional Category, New York, NY, USA

Finalist –– MUT ZUR WUT International Poster Design, Heidelberg, Germany

Finalist –– 2019 Taiwan International Graphic Design Award, China

1st prize –– LAG Festival Poster Competition, University of Silesia in Katowice Katowice, Poland

Winner –– International Art Design Competition: Interactive Art Award, Professional Category Beijing, China

“100 Best Fine Art of 2016” –– Creative Quarterly New York, NY, USA

Winner –– Creative Quarterly 48, Winner, Fine Art: Professional Category, New York, NY, USA


As a designer I have been very lucky in collaborating with some great people and brands.