Amira Lin’s Artistic and Designing Talent Focuses On LGBTQ Community
New York City, NY – Amira Lin, who arrived in the U.S. at 15, has always been consistent with her dream of becoming a professional designer. Her family’s own background in designing spurred the decision at a young age. Her dad is an industrial designer and her mom studied fashion design, which led to her flair for drawing. Lin’s practice of retelling stories and neglected subjects artistically has equipped her with the ability to capture the latest trends and motivate people to think.
Lin received a yearly scholarship to attend the Pratt Institute, majoring in communication design with a focus on illustration. Her first internship role was as an illustrator for Adweek’s Newsroom Department. Adweek is the leading source of news and insight across multiple industries that rely on its content to help them do their jobs better with an engaged audience of over six million professionals.
The most impressive work Lin designed for Adweek was Pride in Quarantine, an illustration consisting of nine rectangular boxes for an article about how the LGBTQ community supported each other during the global pandemic. Lin said her inspiration comes from Zoom, the video chatting platform with many successful online activities and events. She creatively used the LGBTQ community’s flag colors to show how they host virtual pride events to honor one another.
（Pride in Quarantine, by Amira Lin)
Lin said, “I think illustration itself is a powerful tool because it’s the major way of communication in digital media nowadays. It’s important to know where you’re putting your talent to use and the responsibilities you have as someone who has the power to create ideas visually.”
While the lockdown made everything more difficult, it wasn’t the only struggle the LGBTQ community has been dealing with. Lin believes gender equality is something that hasn’t been fully achieved. Despite how much people want to be seen and understood, our society often still inhibits them from declaring their identities publicly and failing to make space for everyone.
(LGBTQ Employee Support, by Amira Lin)
That’s how LGBTQ Employee Support was born. Lin utilized black and gray to portray a depressing atmosphere. The cubicles imitate offices that are separated, creating a sentiment of isolation. The vibrant colors represent the part of an identity that wants to be acknowledged and accepted.
Lin said, “It’s particularly meaningful to me when I can use my skills to voice for a certain community that needs more attention and understanding in the society. What we need is a more inclusive and understanding environment, and what I can do is to deliver that message for them with my visual skills.”
The illustration is one of Lin’s specialties. Her wide range of interests and the strong desire to always learn something new have taught her the most innovative design methods. Additionally, she gets to create her own style through her high sensitivity to colors and the ability to turn it into a message she wants to convey to the audience. It’s why Lin never follows trends blindly.