18 Feb 2019
18 Feb 2019
Edna Zhang is SAE Perth's very talented Animation and Design Department Coordinator. Passionate about the arts and education, her motto is be kind always.
A designer by training, an educator by choice. 8 years of wrestling in the advertising world taught me creativity is more than talent; it is a way of seeing the world, and that creativity does not have to forsake functionality nor effectiveness.
Now more than ever, design needs to pivot around the human experience; for better or for worse. As narcissistic as it sounds, we have the power to create change unseen in this new world to give meaning, create wellness and give back in individual and collective capacities.
A chance encounter led me into design education. I want to push for change by empowering my students to be active global citizens that make the future a better place through design.
Think big, start small.
THE FUN STUFF
Why do you love working at SAE?
PEOPLE. I think that's what everyone says - the passion, drive and fun we share as creatives (staff and students alike) is simply awesome.
SAE Perth Animation and Design team
That and we have a really cool campus in Perth which is a bonus!
SAE Perth Campus
What is the best fun fact about yourself?
When I go into a mental overdrive or get excited, I combine my words. For example, instead of saying 'great' or 'cool' I would say 'grool'. Another fun fact would be my malfunctioning facial recognition software. I often get the names of students right, but synced to the wrong face, or vice versa. Don't worry, I'm working on it.
How do you like to spend your time outside of SAE?
I try to embrace boredom, so where possible I'd like to do nothing. When boredom actually gets boring, I work on my hand- lettering or try to declutter... or duck out to the beaches or reserves to get a hit of caffeine AND fresh air!
What is your life motto?
Choose to be kind. We don't know what people have been through that day. It's easy to say 'they should be better', but maybe that is 'their best'.
What is your dream holiday destination?
To heaven. Am I allowed to say that? It's just that no one has ever come back from there with photos or trip reviews to share about it. Otherwise, South Africa would be great too.
Are you working on any exciting projects at the moment?
Personally I'm working on my hand lettering and combining that with my analogue typography practice. It's been therapeutic going back to lo-fi designing and exploring the feel of inks and papers again.
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