Chad Xuyuan Hu (he/him) is a multidisciplinary designer and illustrator presently situated in PHILLY.
His passion lies in exploring the spaces between the past and present, creating works that activate memories and evoke nostalgia. With a love for storytelling and a keen eye for design, he use his skills to visually communicate narratives and bring them to life in a captivating way.
His work ranges from illustration and brand identity to motion graphics and interactive design. He is dedicated to creating unique and engaging visuals that connect with audiences on a deeper level. When he is not designing and illustrating, you might find him taking a nap with his corgi Sushi, investigating a new hot pot location, or off on an adventure to discover a new city.
Inspired by the prompt "Art people are bonsai people. There is nothing wrong with their seeds. Society just hasn’t given them a base to grow on."
Garden of Illusion
In response to the New York Times article "Michael Pollan Explores the Mind-Altering Plants in His Garden," I created an evocative illustration that captures Pollan's surreal and unsettling nature. In my illustration, the garden is depicted as a crumbling, overgrown space filled with exotic plants that seem to be bursting out of the earth. The centerpiece of the garden is a melting concrete fountain, which serves as a visual metaphor for the transformative power of the mind-altering plants that Pollan explores in the article. Work received the Winner of Communication Arts 64th Illustration Annual.