Grace Hina Lee


The first experience with design I encountered was watching my dad build at home. With no design or craftsmanship training of his own, I would watch my father build chairs, benches, racks, shelves, and even drapes to the look and function he desired. As many of his designs failed, more often than not, either in form or function, the next product he created was an exponential improvement from the one before. In this most instinctive process of design, it taught me that design is a process of thought, drive and then application. But the most important thing of all I've learned from my father was that designing, creating, even failing was all part of the life-long process of becoming a more well-rounded and experienced designer. This is how I want to treat design, accepting every part of the process and continuously growing as a designer.