Meet Our Totems – Jatin

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The TTT design team is comprised of some of the most interesting people with the most varied backgrounds. Our seasoned designer, Jatin is no exception to this rule. More on the quiet side, this impeccable designer catches you off guard with her dry sense of humour. With two masters under her belt, Jatin’s smarts have brought her here to Canada, as well as the UK for school. She is also a hip hop enthusiast and used to own her own street fashion store in Beijing. Didn’t I tell you? We have the coolest designers ever.

 

Quick intro:

Position: UX/UI Designer
Favourite Game: The Room
Fun Fact: I always want to lose weight but I’m never successful.
Last Movie Watched: The Avengers Infinity War
Favourite Food: Soup

Tell us about yourself. What’s your story/background?

“I was born in China and living in Shanghai when I started designing websites in high school. I won some competitions there and realized I might have some talent in design and chose it as my major in university. I went to the UK for my first masters degree in Design Management, which was very academic. There was a lot of essay writing to support our designs, and we always had to prove everything we did and show the theory behind it. After two years, I decided to come to Canada for my second masters in Digital Media. Here the program focused more on practice and dealt with real clients in the industry. I’m really glad I experienced different design programs in both North America and Europe. Both schools were very valuable experiences for me to improve myself.”

How did you end up at TTT? First Impressions?

“When I was still a student, I met Josephine at Vancouver Startup Week. Chris and Dave were there as well and were showing a project that TTT created. Jo was really nice and consistently talked to me throughout the event. The work TTT was developing was really cool and impressive, and I also knew a coworker that worked here before. So when I saw a design position come up, I applied without hesitation.

Everyone at TTT is really kind. When I came in for the interview, I saw how Josephine interacted with her coworkers in a very friendly way. And after I joined I really saw how friendly they are! Chris, Dave and Jo have all created a really welcoming environment and family atmosphere.”

What are some interesting things about yourself?

“I have been to almost 20 countries and 60 cities. I’ve travelled a lot. My favourite thing about travelling is seeing the different landscapes and experiencing all the food. I’m also really interested in street culture, street fashion and hip hop music. In street fashion, there is a lot of influence from artists like Kanye West, ASAP Rocky and Drake. My favourite hip hop song is ‘Humble’ by Kendrick Lamar, who is also my favourite artist.”

(We definitely had an off-interview bonding sesh of how great Kendrick is).

“I used to have my own street fashion store in Beijing for almost three years. I was in my 2nd year of university and my close friend in Singapore wanted to open up our own store with brands from Hong Kong and Taiwan. First thing we did was design all the branding by ourselves. I had to learn a lot about business, how to manage people, and how to be a boss. It was a very challenging experience for me.

I really like this culture of street fashion, so I liked working in this industry and meeting famous people. You can see all the upcoming collections and trends, and choose what you think will be popular and discover how to promote it. It was a great opportunity to apply our skills in design to the business world.”

What’s your most memorable moment working at TTT?

“The first team lunch at Black and Blue. We always do a team lunch after we finish a project. I had my first one 6 or 7 months after I started after we finished Sengled. It was great to complete a project and celebrate together.”

What is your secret super power? (something you’re very good at, that not everyone knows)

“I can remember everyones birthday. I’m pretty good at remembering specific dates.”

What do you enjoy working on the most?

“I enjoy the design process of the information architecture and user experience. In this stage we have to solve puzzles and think very logically. But when it comes to UI we get to become very creative and play a lot with colours.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“Watch TV. I watch everything – tv shows, movies, dramas. Even when I’m cooking, I need to have the TV on. One of my favourite shows is Happy Camp, which is a show in China. It’s been running for 20 years so I’ve been watching it since I was very young.”

Who do you look up to? (Who is your hero?) Why?

“Kaws. He’s a very famous artist and designer. He’s originally from street culture, but he became very successful by doing his own artwork, sculpture, and exhibitions all around the world. He did a lot of design work for album covers and advertisements and was very successful business wise. He combined art and business well and had his own fashion brand.

I always believe that good design should create advantages in business. I’m still interested in fashion trends and hip hop, but I don’t need to have my own brand or label. I have always understood the connection between art, design and business, and how important it is to each industry.”


 

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