Xiang Fan


Xiang Fan

Associate Professor

Email: xiangfan@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn


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


Professional Experience:

2014 — Now

                        Associate Professor

                        Visual Communication Design Department

                        Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University

                        Beijing, China

                        Course: Visualization Design etc.

2012 — Now  

                        Senior Researcher

                        New Media Action Lab

                        Massachusetts Institute of Technology

                        Boston MA, USA

2005 — 2014 

                        Associate Professor

                        Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

                        Guangzhou, China

                        Courses: Graphic Design, Environmental Graphics, etc.

2003 — 2004 


                        Tama Art University

                        Tokyo, Japan

2003 — 2004

                        Design Assistant

                        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)