Ray Dao

RAY-DAO

ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY

Ray Dao writes: “Hello! I’m a San Francisco‑based Vietnamese Graphic Designer. I graduated from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Winter 2016. I was born and raised in Hanoi and moved to America in early 2012. Minimal design that communicates clearly and precisely is my passion, because of where I’m from, the design is chaotic and has neither order nor any system to tie everything together. I’ve always been a fan of German and Japanese design since I started learning about graphic design. I’m also a type-geek, I love to spot typefaces from random signage on the street or any book I pick up. My mind is always on branding or book design, although I love any design challenge that the future presents.”

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Hanoi, Vietnam and San Francisco USA

LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
Righty

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Defiantly a night owl

FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU’VE ALWAYS IDENTIFIED WITH?
Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye

ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
Growing up I didn’t have a chance to learn any instruments

FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW?
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch

LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

ANY PETS?
I’ve a Dachshund back in Vietnam.

LANGUAGES YOU ARE FLUENT IN?
Vietnamese and English

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Lost in Translation and Heat

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
René Magritte

FAVORITE CHARITY?
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Walking in Nob Hill with my girlfriend

LAST COMPLIMENT YOU GOT?
I’m stubborn for a good cause

DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING?
Beautifully designed print such as books, clothing tags, museum tickets and maps

COLOR USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
Pantone 172C

TYPEFACE USED MOST OFTEN?
Fortescue by Colophon, Circular by Lineto

GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
Research/Getting carried away pursuing a project aesthetically instead of designing the story around it

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Art critic

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” ‑ Aristotle

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