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Meet Emily Xie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Xie.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in China and immigrated with my parents to America when I was 8 years old. Growing up in two different cultures was very challenging and confusing. I was taught to have traditional eastern values which honor society over the individual while at the same time being exposed to Western values where it encouraged the idea that we should be celebrated and awarded for what makes us different. This allowed me to gain a wider perspective of the things in life but it was a constant tug and pull between opposite ideologies: conservative and liberal, spiritual and materialistic, cyclic and linear, virtue and ethics just to name a few. This gave me an advantage while designing because I was able to see problems from both sides and make decisions based on those observations.

Please tell us about your art.
I mainly specialize in designing visual identity systems working in software’s like Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Sketch. I help brands and businesses gain a competitive advantage by studying and designing around the user. All design elements are carefully considered and not redundant and arbitrary.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
We’re in such a connected world that collaborating with someone on the other half of the globe without physically seeing each other has never been easier. And if you’re stuck in a software, finding out the solution is just one Google search away. While free online resources are abundant, physical resources are limited. Cities like London offers free museum tickets while in LA, most museums are still priced. To encourage and help art and artists thrive, not only resources are needed, but space is also essential. We need to give spaces for art that allows artists old and young the freedom to create. This also allows the city to be full of flavor, excitement, and surprises.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can visit my website at ‘emilyxie.design’ or follow me on Instagram @_emilyxie. And for something to look forward to in the future, I also have an Etsy shop in the making called ‘Pack79’ that’s launching soon.

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