BFA Student Profile Series: Cynthia

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.

If there’s anyone who’s able to brighten your day in a Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood kind of way, it’s Cynthia Lam. She’s someone who’s able to make you smile whether it’s with a batch of cookies that she’s baked, the fact that she has blankets on her list of things that make her happy, or maybe how she once wanted to be a world-renowned Play-Doh sculptor. Cynthia, anyone would be lucky to have a neighbor just like you.

What has been your favorite BFA project so far?

My favorite BFA project, for all of the out-of-the-box thinking it entailed, was the honeybee poster. I enjoyed the challenge of having to combine a variety of mediums into a single cohesive piece. It was neat to be able to die-cut the edges into a giant stamp!

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

Ali’s Sausalito identity project was most memorable for me. I appreciated how sophisticated everything was in terms of the logo mark, color palette, and the identity guide itself. If I was the mayor of Sausalito, I’d rock it all day! :]

Favorite color:

Mellow Yellow

Favorite typeface:


Favorite artists and/or designers:

Jessica Hische is definitely a designer I admire immensely for her ability to be so detail-oriented and how she always strives to make work that is timeless. One of my favorite projects of hers is the Daily Drop Cap. Check it out:

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

As for my long term aspirations, here’s the best summary I can say: in-house designer at a small firm by day and baker of delicious pastries and desserts by night! In all honesty, any job where I can make people smile is a great job. Cheesy, but it is a rewarding feeling!

Interests outside of design:

Spending time with family, flea markets, video games, crafts, and checking out new places to eat

What did you want to be when growing up?

World-renowned Play-Doh Sculptor

Favorite animal:

Ocean creatures! Any and all kind!

5 things that make you happy:

Cookies, friends, blankets, sleep, and ice cream

Something you want to learn how to do:

How to become an awesome confectioner

Top 3 music artists:

Freddie Joachim, Nujabes, Late Night Alumni

Favorite cartoon character:

Spongebob Squarepants

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

TED Talks are amazing! They always put into perspective how much there is to learn, plus they’re usually pretty humorous.


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