BFA Student Profile Series: Cindy


Each week we will be featuring a student from our class for our Student Profile Series, where you can get to know more about the person both inside and outside of the classroom.

It’s cool when people show how passionate they are about something, and when Cindy Tsui talks about design, you can see just how much she loves it by the huge smile that comes across her face. The same can also be said about the smile that appears if you mention Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings to her (and if you haven’t read the books/seen the movies, you’re probably better off not telling her).

What has been your favorite BFA project so far?

The website project. I really enjoyed working with all the different programs that I wasn’t as familiar with such as Dreamweaver and Flash. It was a great opportunity to really learn the technical and conceptual areas of design, especially when I was working with HTML and JavaScript.

What is a memorable or favorite project of someone else in the class that isn’t your own?

Aurora Adkins’ Monterey Style Guide + Jonathan Judal’s Oakland Style Guide. This was a monster of a project with several different components like website, logo, kiosk, and book design (to list a few). Both these individuals did a beautiful job at giving great attention to detail for each and every element. Overall, they were excellent projects whichever way you looked at it.

Favorite color:

(currently) Coral + Seafoam

Favorite typeface:

Didot Italic + Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk Condensed

Favorite artists and/or designers:

Jessica Hische, Jessica Walsh + many many more. I love designers and artists that make the ordinary extraordinary, pushes past trends, and can translate their works into different forms.

What would be your dream job? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A creative director for a design firm that specializes in branding.

Interests outside of design:

Volleyball, Event Planning

What did you want to be when growing up?

A Journalist

Favorite animal:

Unicorns, because they are magical

5 things that make you happy:

Sunflowers, Coffee, Dogs, Family+Friends, Design

Something you want to learn how to do:


Top 3 music artists:

Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix

Favorite cartoon character:

Brian from Family Guy

Best or most inspiration performance of any kind that you’ve seen?

LOTR: Return of the King; by far my favorite movie—inspires me to believe that you can succeed against even the unlikeliest odds!! lol


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