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Don’t be afraid to fail, learn and grow from the mistakes. Keep doing what you love to do!

Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

Hello! I’m a Designer/Weekend Coder currently living and working in Los Angeles. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. I came to the US in 2004 and got my degree in Computer Arts in San Francisco. I love both design & code, and I am passionate about what I do as a designer. I am grateful that I have met so many talented people in the field and able to be friends with them too.

What do you do for inspiration?

I follow people on social medias such as Twitter and Instagram just to know what’s everyone up to and check their latest work. I flip through my old design books/magazines, it always feels better when you can hold something real in your hand. Besides all above I love all outdoor activities and go explore places that I’ve never been to with my camera. Last, I always get inspirations after I had a good sleep!

Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

Google

Behance

Designspiration

What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

Definitely winning the FWA, been following this award for so many years and I now I can tell people that “I got one too!”

How many hours do you work each week?

40 to 50 hours on normal days.  

How do you relax or unwind?

I love to go to new places that I have never been or I work on other personal projects that does not require computer.

If you weren't working on the internet what would you be doing?

Craftsman. I recently got myself a power drill/saw and I build myself a wall shelf.

What's your favourite part of your job? What's the hardest part of your job? What do you do when you get stuck?

The favourite part of my job is my co-workers and my mentor, they always show me something that I have never thought before that helps me grow on a daily basis.

The hardest part is when I am trying to explain that awesome idea I have in my head but it didn’t go very well at all.

If I get stuck than I stop, take a break, take a nap, go for a walk or have a big mac.

If there are any pivotal experiences/decisions you could point to that helped shape your career, what would they be?

I was introduce to design when I was in high school and I fell in love with it. After I graduated from high school I had an opportunity that allows me to come to the US and study in design. It was a biggest decision to make and I ‘m glad that I took it.

What software could you not live without?

Photoshop & Spotify.

Who is your target audience?

Anyone who loves designs.

What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?

My first site looked amazingly funny and terrible, I rather keep it in my hard drive than online.

The web is getting out of the web. Do you find that thinking in digital solutions alone hinders you? Do you feel the urge to solve the problem using all mediums necessary?

Not at all. I see this is a good thing, which allow us to have more creative freedom to do amazing stuff.

I feel choosing the right medium for your project/product is more important than using all of them.

Looking 10 years in to the future, how far can websites go?

I think web/internet can go very far, it is pretty amazing how internet has evolved for the past 20 years.

What are your views on design/graphic school. Do you think someone can get into the field without educational experience in a school environment?

School is a great tool to get into the field to learn the basics and it offers good environment to grow, but it’s not necessary. I think getting into the field is easy, but to stay in the field and be good at it than it all comes down to pure passion and love.

If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring FWA award submitter, what advice would you give them?

Don’t be afraid to fail, learn and grow from the mistakes. Keep doing what you love to do!

What would be your ultimate vehicle to travel in?

Beam me up Scotty.

How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?

Keep learning keep growing. I work a lot on my personal projects, I spent hours on pixels pushing and hours to understand that one line of the code that I need.

There must be a project that you have always dreamed of doing, what is it?

I always wanted to do an installation art project. I don’t know what's going to be, but I know I want to do it with machine, lights and code.

What are you excited about learning next and is there a long term challenge you are considering tackling?

I want learn more about coding on the creative side such as Processing or openFramework.

It has been a privilege, thanks very much

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


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