Bill Chien is a talented design student @California College of Arts. Coming to CCA, one of the best design school on the west coast, he aspired to be a graphic designer able to do a variety of creative practices.
However, he was not satisfied with the not-so-interdisciplinary approach of teaching and learning at school. Bill does not want to be defined as a graphic design major, as he said, "We have been neglecting the fact that we are all makers, and our artistic practices are connected in multiple ways".
Therefore, he wants to do something DIFFERENT. Inspired by one of his classes called Design and Culture, where interdisciplinary moments happen, I decided to do something in order to break the bubble phenomenon. Instead of attempting to tackle social problems that graphic design alone can’t really make a difference for, I focused on the community that I live in. Instead of simply drawing beautiful letters, which was totally sufficient for a good score in class, he made a typography guide specifically for CCA students, because many students want to learn more about the types, but they did not do so cause "they are not graphic design students".
He took on lots of his own time to do this and did not do it to receive extra credit. I admire his talent and devotion to really think beyond class and explore his design practices beyond boundaries of class.
You can read the whole design process in Bill's post!