#FreshMeatFriday: Designer & Letterer, Nan Sinchai


By rizeabove / / Yes, yes y’all. It’s Friday and Fresh Meat Friday is finally back! We’ve been digging through the digital crates here for a while in search of our next feature. And, since you’re reading this, we’ve obviously found that person. But before we start, if you or someone you know have roughly 0–5 years of experiences, ties to Minnesota, and a killer book, please—for the love of all that is holy—shoot us an email: [email protected] Now, without further ado, let’s meet Nan Sinchai. Nan graduated from the University of Minnesota in May 2015 with a degree in graphic design. During the school year she worked as a designer and creative manager at the Minnesota Daily and interned at MOM Brands (Malt-O-Meal) as well as the University of Minnesota. She also interned at Hallmark Cards as a lettering artist intern upon graduation before becoming a full-time designer there. Alright, Minneapolis. Let’s get to it. Hi, Nan. Judging by your book you’re definitely a double threat. Your design and lettering skills are both ridiculously awesome. After your stints at the Minnesota Daily, MOM Brands, the University of Minnesota, and now Hallmark Cards, what would you say your career and creative aspirations are? Where do you see yourself in, say, five years? I hope to work with amazingly creative people and be able to challenge myself every day. I would also like to be able to become a mentor to students of color in design. From personal experience, it was very discouraging to be one of the few students of color in the classroom. I want to be able to help someone who is in a similar situation. I don’t ever want anyone to feel like they don’t belong somewhere or they can’t do something because they’re different. Wow, we love that response. In the history of Fresh Meat Friday features, it ranks right up there at the top. So, what exactly led you to where you’re at now? I’ve thought about this a lot, actually. I’ve learned that no matter how hard you work or how talented you are, you won’t be able to get where you want to if you don’t have opportunities. I think it’s an important factor, and I feel like a lot of people still don’t realize that. I can tell you that I worked very hard, but I think a big part of this journey was that I was privileged to be at a place where design is valued. I was fortunate enough to be able to explore my interests in college and have had so many opportunities to create things that I love. I am very lucky to be where I am. I know that there are so many people out there who would be great designers if they had a chance to explore that side of them. I never considered myself as the artsy type growing up. I honestly didn’t even know what graphic design was until my freshman year of college when my sister suggested it to me. If I hadn’t taken that chance and seized that opportunity back then, I wouldn’t be the designer I am today. For getting into the arts so late in life, you’ve definitely made an impression already and are kicking some serious ass. If you had to choose, what would you say your top three favorite projects are?. I had an opportunity to intern with the Lettering Studio of Hallmark Card, Inc. throughout the summer of 2015. It was such an amazing experience to be able to learn and work with so many talented artists and designers. I experimented with several lettering styles for a variety of different occasions, anywhere from casual to formal. I also worked on various projects, including everyday greetings, seasonal greetings, gifts, home décor, and much more. Secondly, this is packaging that I created for a fictional cereal brand Veggie Heroes. The idea is that the cereal would be made from real vegetable ingredients with the goal of encouraging children to consume more vegetables while enjoying their breakfast. While I worked at the University of Minnesota, one of my favorite projects was creating bus shelter ads that were posted all around the University of Minnesota. It was the first time I got to see my work in public on such a big scale, so that was really exciting! Check out more of Nan’s work on her website: http://nansinchai.com. Until next time, Minneapolis, happy weekend!