Thi Nguyen

STW2020_THI_NGUYEN

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Thi Nguyen is an MFA communication design student and graduate teaching assistant. Her creative practice focuses on design for social innovation through multidisciplinary and systematic human-centered design. She’s fascinated about defining underlying problems and testing different design methodology to find a new approach or see the challenge from a different perspective. She is passionate about community, design for equity, environmental graphic design, and typography. Thi is currently working on her thesis – Designing for Human Connection – and leading a Design for America (DFA) project, Facilitating Plastic Film Recycling in San Marcos.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
Vietnam / Austin TX

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Definitely a morning person

FAVORITE SOCIAL PLATFORM?
Instagram. I prefer face-to-face interaction.

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?

FAVORITE PODCAST?
Design Matters with Debbie Millman

FAVORITE BOOK?
The last book I read was “By The People” by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

FAVORITE MOVIE?
I love Christmas movies

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Ellsworth Kelly

FAVORITE CAUSE/CHARITY?
Poverty

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Exploring a new part of town, going hiking, or any outdoor activities.

FAVORITE DESIGNER WORKING TODAY?
Giorgia Lupi

AREA OF SPECIALIZATION?
Design for social innovation

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Architect, musician or athlete

THE BEST THING ABOUT DESIGN SCHOOL?
Working on unfamiliar projects, which helps me figure out what kind of designer I want to be. In addition, I learn from fellow designers who are different and enjoy meeting people who are like-minded. The community, including my teachers, make me feel empowered.

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Open your mind and your heart to all possibilities

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