My name is Yonghao Yan. I was born and raised in China, but educated as a Western graphic designer in the United States. I see and think in multiple ways, which allows me to create new and unique designs...
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Identity System | archawaiʻi
Identity System | archawaiʻi

An identity system designed for the University of Hawaiʻi School of Architecture. Situated at the geographic center of the Asia-Pacific region, the University of Hawaiʻi School of Architecture sought an identity system that embodied their commitment to diverse cultural, environmental, and social perspectives. The final system utilizes a single commercial ‘press sheet’ based on standard […]

Web Design and Development | archawaiʻi
Web Design and Development | archawaiʻi

[ click here to explore ] A web site designed and developed for the University of Hawaiʻi School of Architecture.

Book | Chinatown as Place and Space
Book | Chinatown as Place and Space

A book designed in response to a study of Chinatown in Honolulu. Considering an area of Honolulu as both “place” (the public perception of a site) and “space” (the private use of the same site), this book is an investigation of Honolulu’s Chinatown, and the intersection between two types of adaptation (immigrant to local and […]

Book | The Cage
Book | The Cage

A book designed to package a personal experience — the feeling of being restrained by the rules and values of a Confucianism family. The traditional Chinese book form and binding technique are used as the devices to deliver the experience. Binding both sides of the book create a sense of being restrained when the audience […]

Identity System | Erik Spiekermann
Identity System | Erik Spiekermann

An identity system designed for Erik Spiekermann using the Meta typeface. Based on a careful study of the name and the typeface, I decided to draw out some unique elements in the “i” and “k”, which are translated into the logo, business card, letterhead, fax, invoice, information sheet, and folder.

Web | The Decoding of a Life…
Web | The Decoding of a Life...

[ click here to explore ] A web site based on a series of interviews with a chosen interviewee. The piece explores the stages in a life. Inspired by the life experiences of an individual, I chose to create a barcode system — which was used in the interviewee’s current job — as a device […]

Book | The Naked Eye
Book | The Naked Eye

A French fold book designed in response to an article by Walter Benjamin. While Benjamin stated the importance of the artistic eye in his article, I prefer seeing things with the naked eye. The book is based on a discussion between Benjamin and myself. Each spread of the book works as a debate between left […]

Timeline | Feb 13 – Feb 17
Timeline | Feb 13 - Feb 17

A series of three timelines documenting my personal life from Feb 13, 2009 to Feb 17, 2009. It is an information design problem with three categories — location, activity and hierarchy. The whole system is based on the timeline I created. Starting with location, an additional category is added into the next piece. Each category […]

Currency | Tang Dynasty
Currency | Tang Dynasty

Two currency designs designed as if Tang Dynasty still existed in China today. Based on the study of currency design and research on the Tang Dynasty, I created two complex designs of currency, which include all details of a currency as well as the history, culture and art of the Tang Dynasty, such as the […]

Fanzine Book | De Stijl
Fanzine Book | De Stijl

click here to explore An interactive fanzine book based on the research of a modern artistic movement – De Stijl. Inspired by the painting of Piet Mondrian, I created a painting, which followed the principles of De Stijl, as the navigation system. Five chosen figures in the movement are categorized by colors. Under each figure, […]

Poster | Sustainable Design Conference
Poster | Sustainable Design Conference

A poster designed for a Sustainable Design Conference. Inspired by the idea of sustainability, I illustrated an electrical outlet over the sun to simulate the use of solar power, which is a clean and sustainable energy source. A blue background is used to represent a clean and beautiful environment. The piece calls attention to new […]

Poster | Baskerville “S”
Poster | Baskerville

A poster based on a hand-drawn Baskerville “S.” Inspired by a modified Baskerville “S,” I chose the format of a Chinese hanging scroll to showcase the details of the letterform as well as information on Baskerville. It is an integration of my Chinese background and Western education.