Students to Watch in 2011
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN
Hope Chu was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Selected childhood highlight: choosing a winning trifecta at Santa Anita Race Park (age 8). Education: Brown University, BA International Relations; RISD, MFA Graphic Design (expected). Life before grad school: worked in international trade/finance and civil rights policy advocacy. Looking for: tennis, Scrabble, cribbage, Buck Hunter, and mixology partners.
What made you decide to go to design school?
Prior to returning to school, I worked in international trade and finance and civil rights policy advocacy at nonprofits in Washington DC. I hold a BA in International Relations, and much of my career involved communicating policy issues. I became interested in methods of communication and rhetoric employed by design, which I saw as having an application in policy. Since then, my focus has shifted a bit, but my work is still concerned with design and its relationship to how groups of people form opinions and make decisions.
Has it been a positive experience?
On the balance, it has been positive. Coming to an MFA program represents a major career change, which is exhilarating and terrifying. However, it's been very interesting and rewarding to develop a new lens and skillset. The most rewarding aspect has been meeting and working with other students, undergrads as well as grads, in all departments.
1. How designerly!
2. Both all colors (subtractive)
3. And no colors (additive).
Elderkin (Eric Olson), Mercury (HFJ)
Favorite TV Shows?
30Rock, The Daily Show, Strangers with Candy.
Favorite Radio Shows?
NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, Morning Edition, Studio 360
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error
Blade Runner, Oldboy, Playtime, Rushmore
Favorite Fine Artist?
fastcodesign.com, fatbackdc.com, linedandunlined.com, radiolab.org