Yoshi Torralva

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Yoshi Torralva is a designer who enjoys working in many mediums spanning from motion to merchandise to digital design. When he designs, he approaches his work through the core values of inclusion, continuity, and clarity. Besides working on studio projects, Yoshi spends his time designing for Carnegie Mellon Institutes and Research Labs to develop cohesive branding systems, strategies, and digital experiences. Yoshi has found his most rewarding experiences to be when working with multidisciplinary teams to craft compelling and memorable interventions. When Yoshi isn’t designing, he’s either running through Schenley Park, brewing Verve Adda cold brew, or perusing through Spotify to add music to his growing playlist of songs to use in future motion projects.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW

Baltimore MD and now Bradenton FL

STUDYING ON-CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

On-campus! Although most of my work is done online, I miss being able to have spontaneous conversations in studios

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

I try to be a morning person but my best thoughts come at night.

FAVORITE MOVIE?

La La Land

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?

Pose

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

TikTok

FAVORITE PODCAST?

Last Seen on WBUR/NPR

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Yayoi Kusama

FAVORITE BOOK?

Any volume of Marilyn Stokstad’s Art History Books

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Running and watering my plants!

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

We need to strive beyond visuals but develop systems and patterns of change that are inclusive to all voices —empowering those around us to speak their truth and demand justice.

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