Rich Tu

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Doing quality work takes time

Like I look at my portfolio now, I’m like, oh yeah, this is, it’s really taken me a few years to get here. (as a designer,) you’re building a different type of equation almost every single time. There are so many other opportunities to really experiment and play, but as long as you’re building out an interesting system.”

—Rich Tu/ Artist, Designer, Podcast host

Parlaying one Experience into the Next

In this episode of Works in Process, host George Garrastegui Jr. chats with Rich Tu to discuss his First-Gen podcast, Mini Copper collaboration, and the MTV Music Video Awards exhibition. Rich also hosts the Webby Honoree podcast First Generation Burden, which focuses on the intersectionality and diversity within the creative industry. He is also the co-founder of the Colorful Grant with the One Club, dedicated to creating opportunities for early-stage BIPOC creatives. Rich graduated from the SVA Illustration as Visual Essay program.

In our conversation, Rich talks about his ability to turn his experiences into new ones through connections, collaboration, and his creative network. Finally, he shares why he created the First-Gen podcast and why James Cameron is an inspiration…

It was great to have an in-person conversation at CUNY’s NYC College of Technology and vibe off each other energy. Enjoy!



Editor: RJ Basilio

Intro / Outro Music: The System Has Failed Us – The Passion HiFi

Research and Transcription Reviewer: Or Syzflingier

Follow Rich at Personal Website  / Instagram

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An educator, designer, and a creative catalyst, George is a native New Yorker who started a podcast in 2017, because he didn't like to write. He also wanted a way to learn and chronicle varied ways or making. We hope you enjoy his journey.

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