Current Design Fellows

Hua Chen

Hua Chen (they/them) is a designer, illustrator, and learner. They are currently working at Droga5 — previously, they have worked with Base Design and the Pratt Institute School of Design, among other studios and institutions. They work across identity, print, and digital spaces for clients in arts/culture, nonprofit, and education, and are learning about extra-institutional learning methods, community resilience, and sewing. They received a BFA in Communications Design in 2019 from Pratt Institute. Currently, they live in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with their cat and a growing collection of books surrounding the lore and science of trees.

Gabe Gordon

Gabe Gordon is an artist and middle school history teacher based in Brooklyn. Fascinated by postal systems and mail objects, and interested in working collaboratively across creative disciplines, Gabe’s work and writing circulate around the art and politics of correspondence. He grew up far-sighted in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kathryn Li

Kathryn Li is a designer and visual storyteller from San Jose, California. She recently graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration and a Concentration in Literary Arts + Studies. Her creative practice, which spans design, illustration, animation, and writing, is driven by a desire to understand the world and imagine more thoughtful ways of being in it. She hopes to serve her community through work that makes complex ideas both compelling and accessible for everyone.

Clae Lu

Clae Lu (they/them) is a queer, second generation Han Chinese American from Queens, NY (unceded territory of the Lenni-Lenape). They identify as an artist, designer, community organizer, and zither (古筝) performer. Clae believes in the power of arts and grassroots activism to create spaces for conversation, reflection, and action.

Aishwarya Srivastava

Aishwarya Srivastava is a visual designer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. Her exposure to art and design between New Delhi, London, and New York has propelled her desire to develop new frameworks in the relationship between race, representation, and communication. Aishwarya believes that design is the gateway to accessibility and is interested in developing compelling community-engaged visual communication that is informed by inclusivity and public access.

Zoya To

Zoya is a creative who exists at an intersection of identities. A Chinese-American, designer-illustrator, New York-Jerseyan, she seeks to create work that blurs boundaries between creative mediums and cultural history. Empathy, curiosity, and whimsy play a big role in defining Zoya’s work, and she’s worn many hats as a “jack of visual trades,” and has worked as a brand designer, art director, photographer, and short-form animator. On her off-time she often finds herself stressing over houseplants or eating her weight in hot pot.

Andrea Wang

Andrea (she/her) graduated from Oberlin College in 2019 studying Econ and Linguistics, which has helped broaden her approach to visual communication problems. She is currently a graphic designer at NowThis News, and appreciates the opportunity to work in news+journalism and help communicate complex ideas to a general audience. Her developing design practice is interested in topics of identity, subcultures, and activism, and incorporates elements of surprise, humor and storytelling. In her spare time she makes prints at the SVA RisoLab, attempts stand-up comedy, and wanders aimlessly around New York listening to audiobooks.

Andrea Wilson

Andrea is the Creative Manager at F.Y. Eye where she currently helps to manage and develop all nonprofit creative campaigns. Andrea is a proud Nicaraguan-American living in New York City. She studied at the University of Florida where she majored in Public Relations and minored in Graphic Design. She is passionate about human-centered design, civic technology and sustainability. Andrea founded Rowdy Magazine, a youth-run design publication dedicated to bringing awareness to the power of Gen Z in social justice and activism.

Rachel Zemser

Hi my name is Rachel (she/her)! I am a designer and researcher focused on creating impactful user experiences. Leading with empathy, I am a collaborative problem solver and a maker who designs with optimism and an open mind. Currently, I’m a visual designer at Smart Design, a strategic design and innovation consulting firm. I have a driving passion for social impact work and strive throughout all of my projects to create programs and methods for solutions. I am born and raised in New York, and recently graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, where I studied Communication Design and Sociology.