We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Yang and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anna, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Great question to start! I think the principle that I value the most as a designer is the ability to look within, so-called introspection or self-inspection.

Oftentimes, working in creative industries means you have to keep up with the fast-paced projects. Design is not always creative or fun, especially when you have a tight deadline but you aren’t feeling creative.

Therefore, the ability to listen and ask yourself, adjust according to your own pacing very important.

Self-inspection also includes the ability to be immune to a current popular trend. Designers are constantly yearning to find new sources of inspiration, and it’s important to stay up to date by being aware of the design trends. I mean, it’s a powerful tool to have as it gives you the opportunity to offer clients innovative ideas instead of relying on the basics. However, every coin has two sides. In the search for inspiration or fresh perspectives, you might be heavily influenced by others and lost the originality of your work. It’s not wrong to seek new ideas but inspiration should stay as inspiration. Yes, we all want to showcase fancy and cool stuff to prove we are capable of creating such things, but you should never let trends replace your creativity.

Everything is temporary, only your creative brain is permanent 🙂

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Of course, I would like to start off by saying that I’m a motion designer with roots in graphic design and illustration. To be honest, I thought I was going to study business and psychology after high school. But guess what, I went into art college with an undeclared major, debating whether I should go for advertising, graphic design, or other creative options out there.

Motion came as a surprise. It caught my attention right away impressed me with the movement in design – the charm of motion graphics. I heard the call and immediately fell for it. With motion being my focus, I continued learning graphic design, illustration, and other variety of creative disciplines on the side just so I can express a unique voice with my works.

When people ask me what sets me apart from others, I would give them two words: flexibility and diversity. I am flexible in styles, design directions and diverse in projects and their different visual approaches. Most of my works are a mix between motion, graphic design, and illustration. The chemical reaction between the three provides me with the opportunity to explore the variety in the creative industry.

Design is never an easy task, it takes time and consumes brain cells, sometimes even sweat and tears. I learned how to communicate ideas, express emotions, and evoke empathy among the audience as a designer. It’s pretty cliche to say that I also learned not to give up, and it’s important to stay motivated and to catch the ball at the bound. Trust me, networking is the key to unlock possibilities in this industry!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely recommend visiting all the museums, like the High Museum of Art or the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, and Ponce City Market in Atlanta. I love being surrounded by art and these are the must-go places being a designer. If you have more time, I would love to drive to Savannah for the weekend, a beautiful lover’s town, perfect for the honeymoon! We can go eat brunch at Goose Feathers, enjoy a short coffee talk at Foxy Loxy, have Leopold’s ice cream as the afternoon dessert, and watch the sunset at Tybee beach, isn’t that perfect?

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my parent, fellow designers, animators, MOMELovers, and to everyone who collaborated with me throughout my journey as a designer!

I can’t express how much I worship and value the collaborative experience in this industry. Therefore, I want to say thank you to those who trusted me and had given me the opportunity to work on something interesting and challenging!

Website: https://www.annayang.design/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annayang.design/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-hsin-hua-yang-1559b6180/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004164403731

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