Meet the 20 students who will make up the Class of 2019. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight three incoming students at a time. Today: Angie Ngoc Tran, Arielle Royston, and Chao Dai.
Being born and raised in Vietnam, early acquainting herself with art in America, Angie has interwoven the two cultures together in not only her design philosophy but also her life attitude.
Angie comes from a background of Product/Interior Design. She is often curious about how people act, or react, in specific ways, to certain objects, and found herself trying to improve their experiences. She believes a meaningful interaction between people and objects connects them at a profound level, and thus, enhances people's lives. Her dream is to make social innovations through human-centered design. That brought her to IxD at SVA.
Angie is a true multipotentialite. She is also a TED Talk advocate, a food enthusiast, an Escape Game addict, a big appreciator of cultural diversity, and a firm believer of the power of habits.
Arielle graduated from Washington University in St. Louis where she studied business and art. After school, she moved to New York and pursued product management. She built exciting products at American Express and various top digital agencies in NYC. While her product roles proved to be quite fulfilling, she craved the opportunity to exercise her creativity on a daily basis. Thus, she decided to switch into the design field with the goal of occupying this type of position upon graduating. When Arielle is not working, you can find her running (or doing some other activity outside) or exploring art and music in NYC.
Chao Dai (Dango)
As a designer, Dango tries to combine emotion and rationality. He was born and grew up in Beijing and studied Digital Media Technologies at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications.
After graduating, Dango started working for the government. Among other things, he was responsible for carrying out design work for a number of international conferences.
He is passionate about exchanging views with other people and trying to sharpen his understanding of human nature. In fact, when deeply engaged with a topic, he has the unfortunate habit of dragging out conversations until the wee hours of the morning! Gaining a better understanding of human nature in this way is what sparked Dango's desire to attend the School of Visual Arts and further explore the design discipline most related to the study of human nature and behavior — interaction design.
In the past few years, Dango has shot a number of documentaries in his spare time, and he looks forward to applying the interviewing and research skills he acquired therein to his upcoming studies in interaction design.