BFA Student Profile Series: Stephanie C



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.

Meet Stephanie Chan, the quintessential work-hard-play-harder friend. When she isn’t spinning elegant, fluid and inspiring lines in her designs, you can count on her for a pick-up game of basketball. Just don’t be surprised when she fearlessly drives for a highlight lay-up. A fantastic conversationalist and writer as well, Stephanie Chan manifests her finesse in her upfront encouragement and advice which she gives to her friends day in and day out.

What has been your favorite BFA project so far?

I really enjoyed making the wolf poster for the image making class. Sometimes I don’t think I experiment enough with different materials or techniques, but the requirements of the project pretty much forced me to use a broader range of image making styles. I got to do more pen and ink, brush and ink, photography, etc. It was fun trying to find multiple ways of representing that one animal.

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

Sealegs Barbados Rum packaging designed by Ali Marie Hanshaw. Her project really appealed to my personal preferences with the black on black, and I like how the corrugated material added interesting texture that fit in with her concept. I think almost every time she brought her bottle packaging to class I would go over to her desk to look at it no matter how many times I had seen it before.

Favorite color:


Favorite typeface:

Goudy Old Style

Favorite artists and/or designers:

Peter Callesen with his A4 papercuts. In addition to the craftsmanship, which pretty much speaks for itself, I like the tragic and romantic themes that underscore a lot of his work.

Marian Bantjes with her meticulous attention to detail which really draws me in to keep looking.

I also love Arabic calligraphy.

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

Haven’t quite figured it out yet

Interests outside of design:

Reading, books, basketball, just trying to do me

What did you want to be when growing up?

An author/novelist. I had even made up a pen name for myself.

Favorite animal:

Elephants ever since I can remember

5 things that make you happy:

Cat naps, breakfast food at any time of the day, basketball, running outside, a really good conversation

Something you want to learn how to do:

Become a better photographer

Top 3 music artists:

Avenged Sevenfold, The Beatles, Enrique Iglesias

Favorite cartoon character:

Gromit from Wallace and Gromit

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

I watched a speech online somewhere by Ben Affleck, where he talked about the distance between how you may see a person in contrast to who that person really is. He spoke about defining yourself broadly because no one else will do that for you, and how some people will be inclined to see you as narrowly as possible. However, no one is as small as an archetype. Who you are is something that you decide. Your job is to make others see you as you are. His speech was raw, honest, and very moving.


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