photograph by Josephine Wu
Hey there! ︎

I’m a designer and illustrator in the Bay Area, currently a Junior Designer at Chronicle Books + freelancing. Previously a Design Fellow at Chronicle Books.

I began my creative journey in my livingroom, doodling Saturday morning cartoons. This eventually lead to a Fine Arts and Media Studies B.A. from UC Berkeley, and a passion for design, visual storytelling, and creative education. I’m still in the fun process of navigating how all three of these can come together.

I have a variety of experiences including installations and window displays, digital and print design, comic book illustration, and building creative curriculums. In my free time, I love watching new films, doodling cartoon characters, and cooking with citrus.


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