This week’s designer showcase features Mike Chan. A while ago I came across Mike’s portfolio on Behance and was really interested in his work. In this post you’ll get to know a little bit about Mike, you’ll see some samples from his portfolio, and you’ll find links where you can connect with him.
Hong Kong, China
My interest in design stemmed from web design when I was 13-year-old. Since then, I couldn’t stop exploring and acquiring knowledge in this area.
When I was turning to 15-year-old, I had my very first piece of design – a web design. My talent has been discovered by my teacher at school, who then encouraged me to develop the website for my school at that time.
Two years later, I started picking up photography with digital camera. But then, I gradually realized the fun of taking pictures with a film camera. The depth and layering of using film made me in love with it.
Merging the web design and photography with my latest area of interest – graphic design, I am wrapped up in design work with focus on
environment, nature, natural faces with the incorporation of light sources and effects.
Unexpectedly, I wasn’t graduated from any design school. Instead, I had a Degree of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from a local university, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The enthusiasm in design has been my personal interest for years, as I have mentioned. And, my skills and knowledge in this area are acquired as a result of my passion and non-stop exploring.
Currently availability for client work:
I’m now working with a design company as a multimedia designer. I would also accept freelance, from time to time, for some international famous brands, PR companies for different kinds of design works. To name a few, Ad layout and poster design, direct mailing design, invitation and printed collaterals design, photographing, event snapping…etc
Areas of specialization or focus:
As the aforementioned, I’m fond of photography and graphic design. In the future, I would like to further broaden and try to woven the
skills from these two area. But, generally, my speciality in graphic design is often associated with colours, especially spectral colours. I’m keen on it as I think colours are derived from spectrum of lights. Also, the scattering as well as the interaction of lights and colours inspired me to come up with designs that are positive and optimistic.
On the other hand, my style on photography follows my optimistic character, in which I like taking pictures focused on human faces, especially kids and elderly. Their faces express the rawest but the truest emotions from their hearts. I derive a lot of satisfactions and hopes from it.
What is your best advice for other designers who are looking to
improve their skills?
There are numerous fabulous design works in different specialized area. I believe a designer should try to figure out which area he/she is good at. Once you figure out your strengths and area of interest, you naturally want to develop your skills into that specific area.
Moreover, we should always keep an eye on appreciating others’ works. Absorbing creative ideas and concepts from the existing ones might
help a lot on stimulating yours.