Xiang Fan, a scholar and graphic designer, is currently Associate Professor of Art and design School of Tsinghua University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. She is particularly interested in the intersection between art/design with strong social concern.
Fan is known for her visualization-based artworks. A key project is Award Puzzle, an online interactive visualization platform that encourages people to explore the "winning tips" through data of national art competition, and it triggers public attention on ideology management in visual arts. She is interested in synthesizing graphic design and technology as a telescope into unseen reality.
Before getting into digital arts, Fan focused on research of signage, pictogram design in Japan and China. She published a book, Wayfinding Signage System Design, and a series of research papers.
Fan holds two MFAs and a BA degree from institutions in China, Japan and US. She is obsessed with the taste and flavor of Uji Matcha tea.
2009 — 2011 MFA., Massachusetts College of Art and Design, USA
2000 — 2003 Doctoral program, Media Art, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Tokyo, Japan
1988 — 1992 B.A, Jiangnan University, China
2014 — Now
Visual Communication Design Department
Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University
Course: Visualization Design etc.
2012 — Now
New Media Action Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Boston MA, USA
2005 — 2014
Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
Courses: Graphic Design, Environmental Graphics, etc.
2003 — 2004
Tama Art University
2003 — 2004
GK Sekkei Group Design
2016 《Science》Data Story Video Competition, Final List
2016 Kantar“ Information is beautiful ” Design Competition, Long List
2010 American Institute of Graphic Arts, “New Voice” Award
2009 Wayfinding Signage System Design,2009
2017 Differences Among Similar Concepts Of Visualization In The Context Of Chinese, Japanese and English
2016 Award Puzzle, a Visualization Platform for Chinese National Art Exhibition Awarded Oil Painting works
2015 Homage to Masaru Katsume-Innovator behind the Japanese Design Movement
2011 The Milestone and Evolution of Information Visualization
2011 《Data Visualization Designing For Discovery In Multiple Parameter Studies—A Collaboration Between Designers And Scientists》
2011 National Images, When Space Turns To Media
2008 Investigating the Comprehension Degree of Public Emblems-Analysis and Re-design of Subway Public Symbols in Guangzhou Metro
2004 中国伝統美によるサイン？グラフィックデザイン 日本サイン学会
Undergraduate Courses: Digital Media Art and Design, Digital Media design Fundamental
Graduate Courses: Data visualization design (Elective Course)