Hi! 

My name is Yi Mao (“Yi” is pronounced the same as letter “e”) and I’m a x(cross)-disciplinary graphic designer working with print, digital and 3d media/medium.  

︎ typography & language, imagemaking, colors, research & critical thinking, branding & packaging, emotions & storytelling, art direction.

I believe in curiosity, authenticity, friendliness, and tolerance. I like to help clients discover thoughtful, responsible, and creative solutions to tell their stories. 


No plagiarism & “digital promiscuity” / Comparing yourself to others, you will get lost. / As a designer, one shouldn’t limit herself or himself to one “style” and influence from one institution. / By saying “one should keep pushing his or her limits”, it doesn’t mean that one must push too hard and push too far. There is always a balance and limit. Live a life and get a healthy body.



Education

M.F.A. | Graphic Design | ArtCenter College of Design (2017—present)
B.A. | Visual Arts (Media) | University of California, San Diego (Class of 2016)
A.A. | Liberal Arts | Santa Barbara City College (Class of 2014)


︎ unfinished M.F.A. | Graphic Design | Academy of Art University (2016–2017)
︎ unfinished B.F.A. | Graphic Design | School of Visual Arts (2013)



Award & Recognition

February 2019 
GDUSA | 2019 American Package Design Awards | “Kanna—a recreational cannabis brand”


December 2018
Graphis | New Talent Annual 2019 | Gold Award—Rebelle "RÉ·VOLUTION" Collection Posters
Graphis | New Talent Annual 2019 | Gold Award—“Kanna—a recreational cannabis brand”


October 2018
Graphis | featured work—Rebelle”

Packaging of the World | featured work—Kanna—a recreational cannabis brand”

World Brand Design Society | featured work—Kanna—a recreational cannabis brand”


Since August 2018
ArtCenter College of Design Department Scholarship


August 2018
Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) | Semifinalist—Sigur Rós: “Kveikur”


April 2018
Young Ones ADC | Art Directors Club 97th Annual Awards 2018 | Merit Award—Sigur Rós: “Kveikur”


April 2018
Graphis | Type 4: Type in Use 2018 | Merit Award—“Sanchez” Typeface Brochure


February 2018
Graphis | Photography Annual 2018 | Silver Award—Trinidad (Cuba) Style
Graphis | Photography Annual 2018 | Silver Award—Blossoming & Dancing


January 2018
Graphis | New Talent Annual 2018 | Silver Award—Type Classifications Posters
Graphis | New Talent Annual 2018 | Merit Award—“Sanchez” Typeface Brochure



Contact

If any of my work resonates with you︎, feel free to contact me for more information. 

Email: yimaodesign@gmail.com
Tel: +1 (805) 698-3749
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