Strategic experience designer Renée Mak brings a powerful mix of strengths to our team: a background in urban planning, passion for EDI and accessibility (and believe us, she practices what she preaches), and a grounded, genuine perspective paired with a fierce work ethic.
Renée’s life as a creative fuels her design practice: she is a professional circus performer, illustrator and artist. She sat down with us to discuss how she discovered, approaches, and sustains her work.
You have such a diverse resume, from design to the creative and performing arts. Do you have an origin story for how you became who you are today?
The purpose of my life is to constantly be creating. And what that looks like can be many different things. I see that in my art and performing arts, but I also see it in the work I do as a designer, where I do a lot of problem solving and creating solutions.
This might have come from feeling like there were some restrictions on creativity growing up, within my culture and also just within the family I grew up in.
Over time, both me and my family have grown and evolved. It’s not like that anymore. But growing up, those restrictions were something that I felt quite heavily. There was a lot of emphasis on more conservative career paths that are perceived as more stable here.