Michelle Gong and Constantin Chopin: GDUSA Students to Watch 2019

Constantin Chopin

I was introduced to graphic design at the School of Art, Cambridge UK. I had quite a bundle of deeply felt, though as yet not fully articulated, ideas and interests relating to histories and mythologies. In the beginning I was more attracted to the far past of creative expression than the modern or the contemporary, my ambitions were then as they are now, to find a way to draw on these ancient influences in a way that could find relevance in contemporary graphic design. After graduation, I spent a year working in London and then applied for a masters program in the US because there were many areas of design that I wanted to question/investigate. Using traditional and modern creative languages, I employ a vast cultural heritage to nurture inspiration. Across all of my projects I aspire to crafting meaningful experiences via intelligent and disruptive narratives.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born in Puyricard, a small village near Aix en Provence, south of France. I now live in LA

LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
Righty

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
I am a really early morning person when my mind is clear and I get my best ideas.

FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU IDENTIFY WITH?
Qui-Gon Jinn

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
The Expanse

FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC?
Anything from ZZ top’s La Grange to Blind Willie Johnson’s Dark was the Night

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
I am not into social media

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Gabriel Orozco, especially his work Mobile Matrix

LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamonds

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?
Playing for Change

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Playing guitar or hiking with my dog and loved ones

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Hard to say, something creativity driven

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
“What’s the purpose?”

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Michelle Gong

Michelle Gong is a graphic designer with a background in fine art and illustration based in Los Angeles. She recently graduated from ArtCenter College of Design with distinction, and holds a BFA in Graphic Design. Her work often investigates the coalescence of high and low culture through print and screen-based work, spatial installations, and identity systems. She is currently interested in the anxiety between social technology and the human condition, machine learning/vision, and selfie culture.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, currently residing in Los Angeles

LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
Righty

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Afternoon person

FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU IDENTIFY WITH?
Salem from Sabrina (the 90s sitcom)

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Fireplace 4K on Netflix

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
I have soft spot for bad procedural crime dramas like Criminal Minds

FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC?
Somewhere between lo-fi beats, synth pop, and pop punk

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
Instagram: it’s got everything: art, design, memes, and cat videos

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Moreau, Matisse, and Rothko

LAST BOOK YOU READ?
The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace by Margaret Wertheim

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?
Planned Parenthood

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Cooking, baking, napping

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Fine artist or illustrator, but outside of creative field an anthropologist or astrophysicist.

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
“I’ll solve it in my sleep.”