Khang Nguyen

STW21-KHANG-NGUYEN

OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Khang Nguyen is an international student from Vietnam pursuing a BFA. In addition to graphic design, Khang is an avant-garde makeup artist who shares work on social media platforms, such as Instagram and TikTok (@khangphinn). Khang gained the commission to design a new viewbook cover for Otis College Admissions and proudly states: “With the massive support from Sheharazad Flemming and Rebecca Todd, respectively, Creative Director and Graphic Designer in Otis’ Communications and Marketing Department, my illustration was successfully designed and published. I am excited for what the future holds, especially as I am graduating in a few months.”

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

Born in the South of Vietnam and I’m currently living in the San Francisco Bay area

STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

Both have benefits. On campus, I can produce different forms of designs beyond on-screen graphics, and it allows me to meet people; however, I’m able to manage my schedule better on-line and I have more time to connect with my family in Vietnam

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

I love working in daylight with my desk at a window

FAVORITE MOVIE?

Room by Lenny Abrahamson

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

Instagram (@khangphinn)

FAVORITE PODCAST?

In the Dark, a true crime podcast with thrilling unsolved crimes

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Bao Thien Pham, a Vietnamese illustrator whose female characters are iconic, and are represented in Ao Dai, our national costume

FAVORITE BOOK?

Room by Emma Donoghue

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?

A charity in my motherland that helps Midwest Vietnamese people cope with floods

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Painting my face. I see my face as a canvas or an artboard that I have freedom to design on!

HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?

2020 is horrific, but at the same time, it makes me realize that graphic designers have a lot of impact in the world. It is not just making a design look nice or cutting edge, it should also be how we see the world and how we want to communicate our message.

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