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Mika Lee is a Korean-American graphic designer based in the Los Angeles area. She enjoys branding, packaging, and editorial design as she hopes to design for the beauty, fashion, or music industry in the future. Aside from designing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends while also supporting her favorite music artists and watching romantic comedy films.

What does your Visions logo mean to you?

My senior show logo was inspired by my love for pop culture and the Y2K aesthetic. I wanted to incorporate my bubbly and unique personality into my logo with the use of rounded shapes and a pink gradient.

When did you know you wanted to study graphic design?

During my junior year of high school, I had a dilemma about choosing a major. I knew I was going to go into the art field but I did not know what I wanted to do. Because of my indecisiveness, I only focused on painting and drawing for my college application portfolio. But, as I have a love for K-pop, I one day realized how much I loved their album packaging. That’s when I knew that graphic design had so much more opportunity for me in the future as I wanted to do something big rather than sitting all day painting a fruit or vegetable.

Outside of graphic design, what do you enjoy doing?

Outside of graphic design, I enjoy binging TV shows like Gilmore Girls, Friends and the Office. As an avid listener of K-pop and Korean RnB, I enjoy going to concerts and supporting my favorite artists. I also enjoy spending the time to bake desserts for my friends, family, and my dog.

Who creatively inspires you and your work?

I have to say that my dad is the person who creatively inspires me and my work. He is also a graphic designer and videographer, so I get the creative blood from him. My dad is like my best friend and although he is a tough critiquer, he always inspires and motivates me to do what I love best.