The 2020 Tyler School of Art & Architecture Design MFA Showcase
featuring the work of
ANNE SHIH – MIA CULBERTSON – MINGFEI SHI
CYNTHIA CHENG – MICHELE FITZGERALD
YIGE ZHANG – SHUANG WU
PEI JU (ANNE)
Interactive | UX/UI | Branding
Originally from Taiwan, Pei Ju (Anne) is a multi-disciplinary designer focusing on brand identity, packaging and website design. Along with her multi-cultural background, her innovative mind often brings new ideas to the table.
Hailing from: Changhua, Taiwan
Undergraduate degree: BFA, Information Communication, Yuan Ze University
Fun fact: I am a bubble tea addict.
See Anne's Featured Work
Typography – Illustration
An illustrated alphabet inspired by the most interesting buildings and historic landmarks in Taiwan. The architecture of a place is not only a product of the culture, but also reflects the history and the way people live. Taiwanese architectural style influences range from Chinese, Japanese, Western, postmodern to the latest trends based on different periods of history. Almost every style of architecture can be seen in Taiwan. This inspired me to create an alphabet featuring 26 Taiwanese buildings that represent different periods from Dutch and Spanish settlement, Qing Dynasty, Japanese Rule to Republic of China. This collection provides information about the architecture and photographs of the structures, and it also serves as a travel guide for people who are interested in Taiwanese architecture.
Branding | Interactive | Illustration
A Sunshine State transplant living in Philly, Mia is a designer, educator, and illustrator with a love for southern barbeque, an addiction to collecting typefaces, and a knack for problem-solving.
Hailing from: St. Petersburg, Florida
Undergraduate degree: BFA, University of South Florida
Fun fact: I’ve hiked to the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway twice. Probably won’t do it again.
See Mia's Featured Work
THIRSTY WITCH BREWING CO.
Branding | Social Design
Thirsty Witch Brewing Company is a southern brewery in Raleigh North Carolina run solely by women. Inspired by the fact that less than 30% of the craft brewing industry is made up of women, Thirsty Witch aims to change that and exists to provide a fun, bright, clean space that caters to multiple audiences with a focus on female empowerment by way of a collective, Brewcats, for women in brewing. Following a 100% type-driven system combined with bold colors, this brewery aims to celebrate notable women in southern history while helping to empower modern-day women interested in craft brewing.
Interactive | Illustration | Branding
Mingfei Shi is a challenge-motivated, visually impactful designer. Originally from China, Shi’s design work reflects this cultural exchange by updating time honored Chinese tradition with new technologies, processes, and pop culture references.
Hailing from: Changzhou, Jiangsu, China
Undergraduate degree: Visual Communication, Nanjing Sanjiang University
Fun fact: I’m obsessed with Lady Gaga and it’s my dream to see her live as many times as possible!
See Mingfei's Featured Work
ASTROWORLD ALBUM PACKAGE DESIGN
Illustration – Packaging
This project consists of the illustration and package design for Astroworld, an album by Travis Scott. When he was making this album, he was inspired by an abandoned amusement park in Houston. Because of this, I chose to work with a bright color palette to reflect this inspiration. For typography, I chose to use candy-inspired fonts to continue this theme.
UX/UI | Interactive | Illustration
Xi (Cynthia) Cheng is an ambitious and motivated interactive and UI/UX designer. Finding balance between anaylitical data and creativity, she works across multiple platforms to create human-centered design with a focus on culture, sustainability, and education.
Hailing from: Hefei, Anhui, China
Undergraduate degree: BA, Visual Communication and Accounting, Tianjin Polytechnic University
Fun fact:I adopted a kitten two years ago and named him Mithrandir, which is Gandalf’s Elvish name from Lord of the Rings
See Cynthia's Featured Work
UX/UI | Social Design | Illustration
This is an app design for vegetarians or people who want to try a vegetarian diet. In this app, people will know how much they benefit themselves and the earth through vegetarianism. The user earns points in the app based on how long they go without eating meat, and they can cash in their points and adopt a real animal, giving it a home at an animal sanctuary.
Illustration | Editorial | Packaging
An illustrator at heart, Michele draws heavily from inspirations of her youth: sci-fi, fantasy, world culture, and manga. Today she works to bridge her image-making skills with design to tell a more immersive story.
Hailing from: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate degree: BFA, Savannah College of Art & Design
Fun fact: I’m a cat mom to two fluffy rescues, Spock and Momo, and you can almost always find me snuggling with them.
See Michele's Featured Work
Illustration | Editorial
IRON is a zine created to explore the subject of physically strong women and how strength empowers them. Antiquated gender norms typically portray the ideal woman as “soft, meek and quiet” or something to be protected; a damsel in distress. This zine contains essays from several women challenging that notion and telling their own personal stories of how being physically strong is something to be celebrated, not negatively commented on. Additionally, it contains recipes and other bits of useful — and empowering — information.
Illustration | Branding | Packaging
Yige is a graphic designer, illustrator, and creator of beautiful things. She melds play, exploration and delight in her work, working as a storyteller to imbue practicality and functionality with myth and magic.
Hailing from: Guiyang, Guizhou, China
Undergraduate degree: BA,Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication
Fun fact: I practiced dance for over ten years, including Chinese classical dancing, contemporary dance, and ballet.
See Yige's Featured Work
Illustration | Interactive
Hmong Stories is a set of educational story-building toys. The concept is to tell the myths and legends of the minority Hmong to American children. Hmong is an ancient minority that has five thousand years of history. But unfortunately, they lost their writing during their history. Then, they latterly embroidered their stories on their clothes and spread their culture to their generations in this way. Based on the background, Yige chose four Hmong stories and their elements to draw new story scenes and showed her illustration in the form of toy. She hopes that this set of toys will allow children to learn culture from playing.
Interactive | Branding | UX/UI
Shuang Wu is an interactive and visual designer originally from China. She has found that design holds a certain beauty in its complexity and diversity, and sees each project and experience as an opportunity to grow and learn something new.
Hailing from: Xiamen, Fujian, China
Undergraduate degree: Visual Communication Design from Asia University
Fun fact: I love photography as well and feel like it evokes strong emotional reactions in viewers.
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Exhibition | Experiential Design | Branding
Extraordinary is an interactive exhibition designed to celebrate and bring recognition to Chinese-American women who accomplished notable things during the period of the Chinese Exclusion Act in America. Including women like Katherine Cheung (an aviator who received one of the first private licenses given to a Chinese woman) and Joyce Chen (a chef who is credited with popularizing northern-style Chinese cuisine in the United States).
THE WELCOME TABLE
Social Design | Branding | Environmental
donated to St. James School
A collaborative social design project completed for St. James School of Philadelphia by Shuang, Michele, Cynthia, Mingfei, Anne, and Mia, The Welcome Table included a large-scale branding and environmental design system (complete with a mural!) for a recently established campus pastoral care center. As a result, a $5,000 donation was made to St. James School shortly after its completion. The design system focuses on creating a bright, happy, and warm environment for this communal neighborhood space.