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I guess I have always been a designer. Since a kid, I’ve been drawn to how things work. I was the one in my family who would set the alarm clocks when they got unplugged or power shut off. My family would ask me to do these tasks- and even fix the TV or VCR when they didn’t work. Fixing things is in my blood, so perhaps spotting areas for improvement in the design of things is as well.
I was drawn to the Oregon Trail game in elementary school on our macintosh computers, and later to windows computers in middle school. There was something about the ability to type that interested me deeply, mostly because I could type faster than I could write by hand, and also I felt my handwriting was illegible, at best.
I first became introduced to digital design in high school, through a series of Autodesk Maya, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, and black and white photography classes. These classes initiated my exploration of graphic design, videography and photography as a means of expression and communication and revealed to me the importance of overarching design elements such as color, line height, and font spacing.
Outside of class amongst friends we were constantly trading and trying new software to create a higher level of productivity in our workflow. I was deeply interested in the role of computers in creativity and productivity – and how they could make my life easier.
My first year of college I was able to work on the Library Database system of online resources. This was my first experience with HTML and CSS development while using Microsoft Frontpage. At this moment the use of online resources was becoming very popular in college education, and although my work was humble and for the most part simple, I gained a new found appreciation for the impact information technology could have on education.
My sophomore year I worked with the Intercultural Community Center (ICC), as well as the Office of Student Life in organizing events that spoke to social injustice and possible solutions for the movement towards a more equitable society. While many of the event posters for both venues were made from Microsoft Powerpoint with typical fonts and on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, I started to design digital 11″ x 17″ posters in photoshop and posted them around campus.
After college I first worked at many non profits, employing design skills, and administrative skills. I had many jobs and many experiences, including being an in-home tutor for english as a second language students, and teaching english classes in Taiwan to elementary school kids. While teaching english in Taiwan, I started learning how to code websites and how they work in general. I also landed my first client while in Taiwan who was located in the United states, so this gave me some confidence in starting my craft as an independent designer and start my move back to the states.
I came back to the states from Taiwan in 2013, and decided to go all in on working on my own company. While in Taiwan I came up with the name “0101 Design,” and it stuck. I have had much successes, providing quality websites and online care to over 100 clients. My clients mention that they really appreciate how I approach my work with a passion that ensures my designs are thought provoking, insightful and meaningful.