Scott's open letter to ArtCenter
October 17, 2018
Dear ArtCenter friends and family,
As far back as I can remember I always wanted to draw cars. Years later, that very same compulsion would turn into a full-on devotion to sustainable design thinking.
I came from a typical immigrant family. My father was a dentist who couldn’t see how I could make a living designing cars. My brothers and I had decided that we didn’t want to stare at tobacco-stained teeth for the rest of our lives (it was the 70’s, after all). My father nevertheless implored me to follow a more reputable career path, but my own renegade creative journey was just beginning.
I had three primary questions: What is design? How are cars designed? And can you make a living doing it?
After graduating high school one year early and emigrating from Taiwan to sunny California, I found myself looking at my prospects – though I didn’t have the privilege, nor the benefit, of talking to a guidance counselor. You know that old expression, “having the book thrown at you?” I quite literally had a book thrown at me – one that was titled “A Complete Book of United States Colleges and Universities”.
The listing was alphabetical. I dutifully started from page one; I didn’t make it too far past the C’s after I became entranced by the temptation presented by ArtCenter College of Design. Though I applied to a few other schools, there was one image that I will forever associate with ArtCenter – one that influenced my decision to go there. It was a full two-page spread of a student illustrating a fully functional automobile. That was all the convincing I needed.