Karin Fong




One of the most interesting things discussed in the two videos about designer Karin Fong was the way she decided on her career. She talks about how she always knew she wanted a career in the arts but she didn’t know until later that she wanted to make commercials and title sequences. While in school she imagined herself creating children’s books as a career. Her love for combining images, a narrative, and story telling lead her to this idea, eventually leading to the creation of one of her first works, an interactive alphabet book. This project introduced her to the process of animation and got her hooked to it as a form of art.

One of Karin’s first animations, an interactive alphabet book.

An interactive kids book and the introduction title sequence to the ‘Terminator’ movies seem like a harsh contrast of projects. But in reality they aren’t so different after all. They both mesh Karin’s passion for artistic creation and story telling, just for different purposes. Since the beginning of her career in animation, she has worked on a variety of projects. I think the sequence of boldly different projects strengthened her as a designer. It forced her to work with different content, animation styles, and clients. This is extremely valuable as a designer because she is able to experiment with different design ideas while having confidence in her ability to tell a story in an attention grabbing way.

A lot of things Karin said throughout the emotional medium video resonated with me as a designer. She talks about how working with others is always better for an individual designer and as a collective. This is true because it exposes you to different forms of creation as well as elevating the work you do. Although it is important to learn from others, it is also temping to copy their ideas, which leads me into another one of Karin’s suggestions. She states that you should have your own voice in all the work that you do. When you are able to put a little bit of yourself into the projects you do, it attracts the type of clients and collaborators that are the best fit for you as a designer. Along with this benefit, when you express your own personality and style into any type of design it creates an identifying characteristic to your work. An identifying characteristic makes it easier for viewers to recognize and connect with you and your designs. This is an important point to keep in mind because many times it is easiest to base a design off of current trends or another person’s ideas. This is a dangerous way to design because your final product will lack the ability to stand out from a crowd, which is extremely important in being a successful designer in almost all design fields. In my field of landscape design, I’m often tempted to base my designs off of projects I have seen. To avoid this, I will start taking note of what elements of a landscape spark my emotions. Then I’ll combine these elements with the style I have slowly developed over the last few years. This will allow me to create designs that exemplify my personality and style while also pulling the emotional strings of the viewer.

Overall, Karin Fong exemplifies what it takes to be a successful designer. She has the ability to create short clips for a variety of clients that have the same common goal, to tell a story while grabbing the attention of the viewer. She’s capable of doing this while incorporating her own personality and witty content that surprises the viewer.