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Joseph's Thoong is a 
Research & Strategy Focused Designer 
Based in Nanaimo, BC.

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TLDR
• BDes from Vancouver Island University
• UX/UI Designer at The Navigator
• 4+ Years working in Graphic Design
•  "Good designer" - Mom

About

My name is Joe Thoong and I'm a 4th year graphic design student at Vancouver Island University. I grew up in Chinese takeout restaurants and from my time in school as well as my time working as a fourteen-year-old waiter I've been learning and developing my beliefs on design. A product needs to be edible (usable). Having all of your ingredients prepared first (strategy & research) is required for creativity. And above all else, if you have a racist customer, kick them out.

Experience

Common Foundry

Freelance Graphic Designer

2020–Present

Navigator Student Press

Graphic Designer ⟶ Art Director 

2018–Present

Becoming Design Office

Design Intern ⟶ Freelance Graphic  Designer

2019–2020

Q: Why the Apostrophe

A: I was born at St Joseph's Hospital in Courtenay, Canada. My parents named me after the hospital, but they spoke little to no English. When they wrote down my name, they didn't realize that the hospital's name had an apostrophe S.

Joseph is one of the most common names one could have. The apostrophe S in a way has given character and life to my name. I'm passionate with how design can make the mundane extraordinary. Much like my name has come to symbolize.

Recognition

RGD So(cial) Good Award

Designer-Driven Catagory, Mentell Campaign

2020

RGD Student Awards

Award for Brand Design, Honourable Mention

2020

GDC Vancouver Island

Hemlock Scholarship

2019

RGD Student Awards

Award for Editoral Design

2019

Worldskills, Kazan 2019

5th Place, Medalion of Excellence 

2019

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