My name is Theresa Ma, and I started as an interaction designer before coming to DesignStudio to discover more about the world of branding. I was attracted to DesignStudio for its uninhibited, immersive approach to design.
I was planning on graduating with a degree in biology in pursuit of a career in medicine because it's what I thought was expected of me. Partway through, I realised I wasn't on that path for myself but in order to reach others expectations of me. I transferred to art school the following semester.
This sounds cliche, and I've totally heard this advice as a 16 year old, but I don't think I listened at the time - don't make decisions based on what you think will satisfy others, no matter how much pressure they give you. Listen to yourself and do what feels right! You'll be much happier this way.
Design is an integral part of the Bay Area, especially in Silicon Valley. Technological advancement is great but can sometimes lead us astray, so we help balance that by going through the noise to extract and communicate what really matters.
We're never done learning, so the desire and love for learning is huge. Curiosity is also important. It leads us to a lot of new ways of thinking and provokes interesting questions.
Design and technology have always been intertwined. As technology continues to advance, we'll find ourselves interacting with new mediums and ways of expression. It might extend beyond the visual realm. Will it be aural? Will it be completely virtual? The possibilities are exciting! Continuing to explore with an open mind will be key.