My name is Suzy Chan, and I graduated in 2019 with a Graphic & Media major from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London. I have been living in Guangzhou and Macau, China as a freelance graphic designer for the first six months after graduation.
Before studying in London, I studied at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China for two years. I did a lot of "worst design job" in those two years. Because design education in China is based on practicality, in the freshman and sophomore years we were required to cooperate with many local companies to complete commercial projects. It was a painful experience for me.
Because in my opinion at the time, in order to guide us to become ‘successful commercial designers‘, our school neglected the training that allowed us to explore the visual language and think deeply about the social theory.
It was because of this experience that I made the decision to drop out of school and reapply to LCC.
After graduating, I got a lot of good opportunities in China and Europe. I also slowly learned to transform from a graduate status into a professional graphic designer.
The best part is that I have met very good teams in many projects, whether it is China or the UK or Europe. But the bad part is that being in the computer for a long time makes my spine more and more fragile .. (I need more exercise).
Macau was once a Portuguese colony, and this place still retains the cultural integration of China and Portugal. Whether in terms of diet, part-time work, or language. Macau impressed me very much, because I like the place's preservation of traditional Chinese culture and the visual style is very strong. It is also for this reason that my graduation project "casino city" did research on Macau.
Because of this strong visual style, after graduating, I attracted many clients who didn't know my background. I'm happy because I feel that to some extent I integrate my background into projects that I work with clients around the world.
There was a time when I was still in school when I was very entangled in "self-style". It wasn't until later that I was told by a tutor that "keep experimenting is the best way for finding style", and I didn't care about style. I started to take every opportunity to try things I haven't tried in every project, so I basically don't do same things at twice. I think I need to keep this state until I get older.
Like I said, Macau is a place that blends Portuguese culture with Chinese traditional culture. So the design landscape in my city is very special. I like the gravel roads in Macau (they are called Calçada portuguesa) and the beach, as well as the fountains everywhere.