I grew up in Singapore with an eclectic mix of fine art, design, Japanese comics, and witty British humour. I was the weird art kid who was always drawing in class, much to the chagrin of my teachers.
At 18, I wanted to create immersive experiences, but there wasn't a degree like that in the local universities, so I ended up studying Sociology because I wanted to learn more about society and the self and apply it to design.
Ages 19-24 was soul-crushing. UX wasn't yet a thing in Singapore, so I was convinced I had to put aside my creative desires and get a 'normal job'. That really broke me. I still cry recalling those times.
Now I'm a designer and I'm very grateful for it. Despite all the usual struggles of the design profession, I'm grateful to serve in a way that aligns myself with the world ar large. So that's my story. I hope it inspires you