Cheryl Yau

Cheryl joined SVA’s Design Criticism program with a deep curiosity in design and visual culture. She completed her Bachelor of Design from the York University/Sheridan College Joint Program in 2009, exploring corporate, editorial, information and interactive design while learning a breadth of craftsmanship including book-binding and letterpress printing.

As a graphic designer, Cheryl worked for several multinational advertising agencies as well as interdisciplinary consultancies in Hong Kong and Toronto. Her writing on design and architecture has appeared on Design Observer, IDSGN, Metropolis POV, Motionographer, and Print. She is currently a web designer at the web publishing company Squarespace based in New York.

Raised in the eclectic city of Hong Kong, Cheryl was privileged to grow up among a dialogue of diverse and rich cultures which became a core influence in her design thinking and approaches. Studying design has been a method for her to learn more about more, and she is keen to venture into other disciplines and discover opportunities the D-Crit program will bring. Cheryl’s little pleasures in life range from riding rollercoasters to savouring flavours from different cuisines. She considers typesetting to be a therapeutic activity, and will always be a city girl at heart.

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