Design Student of the Month – Winnie Ma

There are a lot of creative students in Canada who are doing innovative work to improve people's life through interactive, visual, informational, and other aspects of User Experience Design. I invited them to introduce who they are and share their work with you. To nominate a Design Student of the Month, email us. The Design Student of the Month for August 2009 is Winnie Ma Congratulations!! Let's hear from Winnie.

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Who’s Winnie?

Winnie is a child at play when it comes to design. By keeping an open mind and endlessly experimenting, she explores methods that challenge the boundaries between art and design. She takes a hands-on approach to her work, and enjoys working with various mediums and different materials. While she completed the York/ Sheridan Bachelor of Design program in Toronto, she has used her summer breaks to travel extensively in Asia, and has worked at design firms in Beijing and Hong Kong. Winnie draws from her cultural experiences and the subtleties of everyday life, infusing humour and wit from her observations into her designs to enlighten someone’s day.

What cool stuff is Winnie doing?

I'm currently fascinated with storytelling through books.

The Circles of Round is a children’s storybook, which conveys the themes of advertising and propaganda through the use of three-dimensional geometric shapes. This playful story is told through photographing coloured construction paper pieces to represent the characters, actions, landscape and dialogue. The shapes are photographed with shadows to evoke the tone and mood of the characters. There are thirty spreads that unravel the conflict, resolution, and moral of the story.

In the book Have Nothing, I worked in the spirit of the Slow Food, Arts and Crafts and Slow movements, and applied the quotation “Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” from Hopes and Fears for Art written by William Morris onto used and discarded objects found in various locations. The quotation was first inked, then retraced, and broken down for further applications.

What are Winnie’s plans after graduation?

I hope to work in the publishing industry and be able take part in the ongoing translation of books from the printed medium into the digital realm.

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