Meet the Class of 2023: Jiayu Luo, Awanee Joshi, Young Kim

by Aprajita C. November 3, 2021

Meet the students of the Class of 2023! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting incoming students, so our community can get to know them better. Today, get to know our designers Jiayu Luo, Awanee Joshi, and Young Kim.

Headshots of students Mona, Awanee, and Young. They talk about their experience as a 1st year IXD student. Headshots of students Mona, Awanee, and Young. They talk about their experience as a 1st year IXD student.

Headshots of(L-R) Jiayu Luo, Awanee Joshi, and Young Kim

Jiayu Luo

1. Tell us about yourself?

I am an interaction designer born and raised in China. I studied Interdisciplinary Computing and The Arts with a minor in Design at the University of California, San Diego. This experience empowered me to gain a holistic view of human-computer interaction and inspired me to see the importance of addressing people’s emotional needs via design.

I am motivated to solve real-world problems through my creations. Before joining the MFA Interaction Design program, I was a freelance web designer and worked at Essence Securities Co., Ltd. as a UI Design Intern in China. Closely working with people from various fields, I further developed my ability to turn vision into reality.

I perceive the whole world as an interactive platform and believe that we are responsible for tackling problems beyond the small phone screen as designers.

2. What class are you enjoying the most so far and why?

Service Design is my favorite class so far. Because of this class, I started to notice service designs that I used to ignore. I realized that service designs are everywhere in my daily life and play a crucial role in keeping the city running. This class inspired me to see the world around me from a distinctive perspective and motivated me to take a closer look at all kinds of services around me.

3. What is your favorite part of NYC since moving here?

My favorite part is discovering exciting stores and restaurants. I especially enjoy wandering on the streets and looking around in stores in Soho and Williamsburg. 

4. Current favorite album?

Tears in Ocean by Orange Ocean

Check Jiayu's work here

Awanee Joshi

1. Tell us about yourself?

I am a product designer who grew up in Pune, India. I am interested in systems design and design for inclusion. When I’m not doing design work, you would find me dancing, doing origami, backpacking, or experimenting with food.

2. What class are you enjoying the most so far and why?

So far, I am enjoying the service design class the most. Every class with Marshall so far has been thought provoking and it makes me look at everyday things that I take for granted from a new service lens.

3. What is your favorite part of NYC since moving here?

My favorite parts about NYC since moving here are Central Park and the Halal street food carts.

4. Current favorite album? 

My current favorite album is Now, Not Yet by Half Alive.

Check Awanee's work here


Young Kim

1. Tell us about yourself?

I love to design for people beyond the screens. I was curious about how other people would take my words and yearned to know how they comprehend my designs. After studying graphic design in college, I aspired to have more interaction with people through design. That’s how I got into the world of digital products. As I deepened my expertise in digital interfaces, I started to focus on designing interfaces to be more inclusive, intuitive, and welcoming to everyone. I earned BFA in Visual Communication Design from Ewha Women’s University in Korea, and worked in Seoul and Chicago on various interfaces including web, mobile, kiosk, virtual reality, and augmented reality products. Prior to SVA, I worked at Korea’s largest business networking platform to design its user community. Besides design, I keep journaling and enjoy reading and dancing - K-pop, hip-hop, and Bollywood dances.

2. What class are you enjoying the most so far and why?

I have been enjoying Physical Computing and Interaction Logic classes. To be honest, I would say it is very challenging and getting overwhelming. Having said that, I am so glad I am learning how the codes work. How the codes interact with the real world, not only with the digital world, is very interesting. I had thought I was not the person who could do code and could enjoy coding, but now I am learning about new me, enjoying Arduino and Python! As a UI/UX designer, I didn't have much knowledge about how my design is transcribed into codes and how my work interacts with people. Studying these classes, Physical Computing and Interaction Logic, I have been feeling empowered!

3. What is your favorite part of NYC since moving here?

The city itself is a piece of art and design. Every time I walk on the streets, I learn a lot. I feel more and more confident that I chose the right city to study design. I can see how the city is developing interactions with people. For example, I'm using Apple Pay to ride subways and it is way more convenient than digging my bag for the wallet (fyi, Apple Pay is not introduced in Korea yet). In addition, I'm encountering lots of inspiring illustrations and designed objects around the city. These discoveries inspire me to think about design in everyday life. Since then, I have been taking and posting photos and videos of different corners of this city to show well-designed objects, illustrations, or art. I am so thrilled to experience the whole city for the next two years.

4. Current favorite album?

My favorite album is Map of the Soul:7 by BTS. It was released in 2019, but I am still enjoying this album. Primarily, I love the song, Make It Right. When I was preparing the application for SVA, I listened to this song thousands of thousands of times. Not only is the melody of the song great, but also the lyrics cheered me up and warmed my heart. I keep telling myself, "I can make it right. I can make it better."

Follow Young here