Hi, I’m Mark. I'm a graphic designer and photographer, originally from Hangzhou, China, currently based in New York City, USA.
My work is deeply inspired by my cross-cultural background, curiosity for this world, and my personal quest to become a polyglot.
Many of my design work investigates the relationship between language, culture, and design. Working with typography and calligraphy, I explore the translation and interpretation between different languages and cultures, both literally and visually. I seek to use design as a tool to help break linguistic and cultural barriers, and to promote cross-cultural communication in this globalized world.
For photography, some of the themes I have been examning include the human interaction with urbanscape, as well as the human perception of space and time. Our daily encounters with the city is not just interacting with the physical space, but also with the culmination of centuries of history and culture. At the same time, I explore how space and time are consolidated into a 2-d image and then perceived by human eye, to challenge the viewers’ perception of the world we think we already knew so well.
2018 MFA Graphic Design, Boston University
2016 BFA Photography & BA French, University of Iowa
2018 Design Intern, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
2016-18 Graphic Designer, Boston University College of Fine Arts
2013-16 Photographer, University of Iowa Division of Student Life
2019 Certificate of Typographic Excellence, Type Directors Club Competition
2019 Merit Award, HOW International Design Awards
2018 Winner, GDUSA American Graphic Design Awards
2018 Nomination, National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest