The team of issue eight!
As we are now well under way working on the next issue of Ligature Journal, we thought we’d take a moment to introduce our newest team to you. This team is made up of students from UTS and UNSW (a first for us). So, let’s get to know them! From left to right we have: Queenie Chan, Diana Vo, Rachel Holt, Jisu Im and Lydia Morgan.
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
QC: Hello! I’m Queenie! I was born and raised in Hong Kong, and I came to Sydney when I was 16. I am always excited to discover something new and to meet people from all around the globe. My future dream is to become a multicultural graphic designer who is able to use design as a medium to break the boundaries of language, culture, race and gender, and establish connections between people. I would say that I am more like an indoor person because my hobbies are all indoors. If I am not working on design projects, you will probably find me busy sewing, cooking, watching movies, having fun with some kind of musical instrument or watching Japanese variety shows.
DV: Hi! My name is Diana, some people like to call me Di. I’m a Sydney-based creative designer, curious thinker and storyteller at heart. The beach is my happy place and you can usually find me in my natural habitat writing, reading or creating over a coffee. Being an introvert, my all time favourite thing to do would be a night-in with some wine and cheese, and a classic chick flick movie to wind down. I also love exploring this beautiful world with my Olympus in hand. Creativity is all around us!
RH: I’m a 21-year-old hopeful designer from Newcastle, born to an Arab mother and Jewish father. I love creating beautiful pieces that tell a story or offer a different perspective. I’m still trying to find the best place for myself in this career, and my focus at this stage of my life is working on my sense of self. I have a strong passion for social justice issues, and I keep up to date with politics. In my spare time, I’m usually watching documentaries about niche topics or making personal connections.
JI: Hello! I’m Jisu, an awful trumpet player, a curious observer and an avid collector of kewpie babies. I was born in Korea and moved to Sydney as a toddler, but I’m still trying to navigate my identity between these two worlds. In my free time I’m working on my very self-indulgent personal illustration practice, and I also run a small online store filled with zines and hand-made pins and other knick knacks. I think I enjoy being creatively busy all the time.
LM: Hi, I’m Lydia. I grew up in Dubai but have been schlepping around Sydney for almost five years now studying design and media at UNSW. Likes: Orange chocolate, flora, fauna, dystopian fiction. Dislikes: Buses with no leg room, melons, dystopian reality.
How did you get into design? Was there a defining moment that made you want to pursue it?
QC: Since I was a child, I have had a strong interest in drawing and craft, and always dreamt to work in the creative industry in the future. Originally I thought of taking Architecture in college; however, after finishing my major project (which was like a branding identity project) during the HSC, I realised that I was more into graphic design. I like the idea of graphic design as a vehicle for the communication of messages and information, which ultimately is a way to make connections between people. Therefore, I further immersed myself in the world of design by taking the visual communication design course at the university.
DV: From a very young age, I was always drawn to the need to create. So, I don’t think there was a defining moment that made me want to pursue design but it was something that has always been a part of me. I love the uncertainty (sometimes), the precision and the fun that is all encompassed in the design world!
RH: I come from a family of doctors who embrace the intellectual and the academic. However, they’re also hippies who believe whole-heartedly in the power of hemp and spiritual connection. My parents have always encouraged me to pursue a creative career, which they never had the chance to do – but I decided I wanted to try my hand at economics and become a diplomat to follow in their academic footsteps. I did one semester of econ, almost failed, and discovered how severely malnourished my mind was without creativity. I decided to put all my focus onto pursuing creativity moving forward.
JI: It’s a bit of an odd (and long) story! I was what I would call an “art and design muggle”, and throughout all of high school I was planning to get into a veterinary or business degree. But during the HSC I randomly picked up a crusty old watercolour set and started becoming really interested in illustration, and that made me question if I really wanted to pursue business or veterinary science as a career. So after a very short design fundamentals course at TAFE, I took a leap of faith and started studying design with a very limited knowledge of what it was… and here I am!
LM: Drawing and painting were always the starting point for my creativity growing up, but I also love the process of finding a solution to a problem or question and I think that working in design you are able to problem-solve and image-make simultaneously which has always really appealed to me.
Who/what influences you and the style of your work?
QC: I am always inspired by Japanese graphic design, especially works by Taku Sato, Yoshiaki Irobe and NOSIGNER. I really do like how Japanese designers seamlessly incorporate traditional thinking, motifs or graphical techniques into modern designs. On the other hand, I also enjoy how some of the Japanese designers use the “cute culture” and playful illustrations into their designs to develop more intimate relationships with the audience. For example, I always love to look at Bunpei Yorifuji’s “Do It At Home” poster series design work for the Tokyo metro.
DV: I would classify the style of my work as minimal and simplistic. Although I don’t have someone that heavily influences my work, I am always so in love with ‘The Happy Reader’, a bookish magazine. I love how each issue has a distinctive colour, theme and positioning of elements, but also maintains its consistency in their visual identity.
RH: I really admire people who design for the good of humanity and the planet, in particular with an intention to create social change. I’m heavily influenced by designers who create advertisements that send a clear message, like the work of NGOs: clever image and text combinations to evoke a shocked response. I’m a huge typography fan, and really admire bold, experimental typography like the work of “For The People”, and design for good like the work of “Republic of Everyone”. I try to find inspiration in the everyday, like the shapes of buildings, people’s hairstyles, clothing, etc.
JI: I’m very influenced by the idea of creating in an intersection between the nuanced and the naive. I like to listen to the world and observe the ways people communicate and co-exist within our big, complex systems – but my style is often light and vibrant, and I’m very interested in capturing a child-like element of fascination and wonder in everything I make.
LM: Many of my favourite artists are figurative – I love Lucien Freud, Alphonse Mucha, and Egon Schiele – but I also always find myself looking to book covers and city signage for inspiration in composition and typeface.
Ask 6 people you know what colour they think you would be and let us know what colour you think you are too.
QC: I got two yellows, two purples and two blues. I was a bit surprised as I have never seen myself in the cold colour spectrum. I would probably see myself as a yellow (more exact: maize yellow).
DV: I received orange (really unsure how?!), forest green, red wine, grey, lavender and brown. I’d have to say I’m a dark forest green-mysterious but rich in colour!
RH: Me: Red – for passion, a strong-willed personality, and a strong emphasis of love.
Best friend: Yellow or turquoise – “It’s just the vibe I get
Housemate: Deep, forest green – “It’s ‘girly’ in a deep way”
Friend: Emerald green or bright red – “Those colours really suit your skin!”
Boyfriend: Red – “Because it’s bright and outgoing, but also a colour to mean compassion”
Housemate: Purple – “It’s just what I think of when I see you”
Mum: Violet – “It’s deep and rich, like you, and it’s the highest vibration in the rainbow”
JI: A unanimous pink from the people I know! I would definitely be pink.
LM: Friends said: Orange, “Pink Rapture”, Yellow, Jade Green, Burgundy, Mustard. Personally, I associate with almost all blues.
If you were a type face, what would you be?
QC: Univers, the typeface that launched in a comprehensive range of weights and widths. I would describe myself as a flexible and adaptable person. Just like Univers is designed to suit for different design purposes and occasions.
DV: Lapture – more than just a generic typeface. Quirky, different and unique when you take a closer look!
RH: Classic, timeless, adaptable to many contexts and forms. Able to fit into several different walks of life/projects. I’d be soft, not hard, and exclusively lower case so as to not come across too strong, with an unbelievably small x-height.
JI: Work Sans. It’s a grotesque sans with some subtle funky accents.
LM: Akzidenz Grotesk
Describe yourself using just 2 emojis.
RH: 🐩 ✡️—Definitely the poodle and the Star of David emojis. My real-life poodle is basically me in canine form. The Star of David is my defining feature: I wear one every day.
We always love getting our team more and more as we spend over 12 weeks together working on the issue, their varied backgrounds and interests bring unique qualities and skills to the table. We hope you enjoyed reading about them to!