Victor Ng (class of 2012) is currently the Creative Director at the Ford Foundation. He has previously designed for The New York Times, Hillary for America, and Pinterest and served as Treasurer for AIGA NY. He has taught graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
What does design mean to you?
In high school, I was a yearbook kid. I loved arranging and rearranging pictures and words on a page. I tinkered with Myspace pages and blogs in my free time. I didn't know that I could make a living with these skills or that curiosity for organization, experimentation, and aesthetics was the foundation for a whole world of work. Suddenly, design was all around me: the opening credits to my favorite TV show, the packages that snacks came in, the navigation at the airport, my most-used apps. I discovered that each of these experiences is crafted by people who design. Guided by that understanding, my career has taken me from Silicon Valley to national politics, newsrooms to classrooms, and now, at a platform for social justice. More than ever, design is for everyone, and there is no right way to start.