Meet the Class of 2019: Crystal Wang, Glenda Capdeville, and Jason Branch

by Jason R. August 25, 2017

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: Crystal Wang, Glenda Capdeville, and Jason Branch.

Crystal Wang

Crystal is an interaction designer who currently resides in the Upper East Side in New York City. In 2014, she graduated with a degree in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University. Before starting at SVA, she spent more than two years working in tech in Silicon Valley. Crystal's interests lie in designing for people with disabilities and data visualization. 

In her free time, she is an avid artist, calligrapher, and observer of people. She also has a deep love for Broadway shows, befriending Uber drivers, and fried chicken.

Glenda Capdeville

Glenda Capdeville is a graphic designer from Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Her early interactions with this planned city gave her a love for design from a young age, and in college, she studied industrial design at the University of Brasilia. She went to work as a graphic designer for a major Brazilian publishing house, Editora Abril, where she did design work for several periodicals in the health, history, and women's segments. While working as a graphic designer, she became especially interested in how information can be visualized to better communicate complex ideas to the public.

Her interest in interaction design comes from a desire to apply her design skills to products and services beyond traditional print media. She hopes to learn how to improve people's interactions with a variety of experiences through technological applications with an eye particularly to how these applications can become more humanized, more responsive to people's behaviors, and more geared toward social progress. 

Glenda also enjoys running and playing sports (especially tennis), as well as cooking and exploring different cuisines. She also loves to travel to places like the Uyuni Salt flat to Veneze, meet new people, and learn.

Jason Branch

Ever since I was young, finance always seemed like my future. I have been reading Investors Business Daily and The Wall Street Journal since I was 10, growing up in Brooklyn. This lead me to major in Economics at Rutgers University. Junior year of college I had an idea for a startup. I started skipping class to learn web design. This resulted in a small partnership with my university on an internship portal. The partnership fizzled due to my naivety, but I decided design is something I want to do for the rest of my life. I started in the tech industry doing graphic design, visual design, and then moved to UX design.

I am currently at WebMD working on digital products and freelancing as an interaction designer. I've grown to love the thought process and analytics that inform great design. I'm excited about the future and things I'll be able to create once at SVA. I would love to one day work on paradigm-shifting products and make existing products more efficient (i.e., healthcare.gov). That's the dream.

I enjoy traveling: I've covered most of Europe and plan to cover Asia soon.

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