Meet Whipsaw: Hi, TingNovember 13, 2018
Here at Whipsaw, we are known for creating smart, unique, and intuitive solutions that profoundly connect with end users. In our ‘Meet Whipsaw’ series, we will be spotlighting the individual team members at Whipsaw working hard behind the scenes to develop our award-winning designs.
We caught up with Senior Visual Designer, Ting Yen, to chat about how she found design and how being a mom influences her work.
State your name and title?
Ting Yen, Senior Visual Designer
Where are you from?
Who or what inspired you to be a designer?
Well, I majored in Computer Science as a freshman in college because I liked computers and technology. After a year of coding frustration, I took my first class in ‘Design and Color’ and found my passion in Graphic Design, where my main goal is to effectively communicate information – visually. I knew right away this was what I was born to do and the career path I wanted.
“My main goal is to effectively communicate information – visually.”
How has life outside of Whipsaw influenced your work?
Being efficient and organized is important as a designer and a working mom. At home, I like to fold clothes to all the same size and sort them by color so my 5-year-old can quickly find what he wants every morning. With the same mindset, I organize my work layers. Design software can be overwhelming if things aren’t well organized – naming and grouping elements properly really impacts my design approach.
Outside of Whipsaw, snowboarding is one of my favorite activities. Making quick decisions is key to avoiding collisions on the mountain and finding the best path forward through the snow. Designing at Whipsaw is like snowboarding – we move fast and I am able to stay focused to determine how to create an efficient workflow and how to best design and handle each project.
What is something about you that would surprise most people?
- I can jump on a snowboard.
- I can do an Inversion Yoga Pose (staying upside-down).
- At 17 years old, I moved from Taiwan to the Bay Area with two suitcases, limited English, and not knowing anyone in America.
What is the best thing about working at Whipsaw?
Getting the opportunity to work with the most humble and talented people. The constant flow of ideas, concepts, and presentations by my colleagues every day is truly amazing. One of the best things about working here is being able to see the coupling of UI and branding with the physical designs to create a seamless experience for end users.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
I don’t have any advice to my 18-year-old self, but I think my 18-year-old self would have one for me: Be fearless to take a new journey, explore, and learn new things. I think this piece of advice is what every designer needs. Staying brave in front of client who knows about the project longer and deeper than you. Don’t be afraid to work on the project in the field that is totally new to you – you will learn it!
Pet peeve? In design, misalignments – I spot the different radius of corners, extra pixel on a stroke, or miss pixel between elements right away.
Favorite movie? I love all hero movies because the creativity and imagination of those are exactly what I need/like. I admire all Miyazaki animations as well. Some of the recent movies I love are ‘Only the Brave’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’.
Go to vacation spot? Lake Tahoe
Any Hobbies? Snowboarding – Tahoe is my main destination during the winter. ❄
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