Darren Wong, a third-year Design major and Managerial Economics minor, is a graphic designer at UC Davis SAMC. Most of his experience lies in graphic design, but he is also interested in UI/UX and product design. He is also the founder and creative director of the clothing brand BOLTS and co-director of the Design Careers Club.
Darren’s prior notable work includes collaborating with the UC Davis Department of Design on a series of graphics for the Alberini Family Speaker Series featuring Lesley-Ann Noel and designing the branding identity for the Design Careers Club’s successful 2020 Alumni Day event.
When he’s not working or in classes, Darren spends most of his time watching the Sunday NASCAR race, listening to hip hop, admiring the latest streetwear brand and sneaker drops, or co-hosting an episode of the MODPodcast, a comedic and casual podcast where he and his friends discuss life as college students.
Where are your influences?
In conversations with friends, I frequently reference Kanye West and Virgil Abloh as creative influences. Their ability to create on a multidisciplinary level and drive culture with groundbreaking ideas is something I aspire to do as a dream job. Beyond their work, their positivity and work ethic amidst societal barriers and perception is also extremely inspiring.
What is your favorite part of your job?
It’s hard to narrow it down to one, but in a broad sense, I would say collaboration. Whether it's just chilling at the office with the other interns (pre-COVID), sitting in and participating at marketing meetings, or designing for 30 on-campus student organizations, I enjoy working in a team environment and hearing everyone’s amazing ideas.