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Whether she's climbing a rock wall, designing websites, or programming, UI Engineer Jiaming Fu always has rap songs playing in her head.
Fu was born and raised in Northeast China and moved Ithaca, NY, in 2015 to attend graduate school at Cornell University. The decision to move across the world wasn’t easy but was met with love and support from her parents.
“Actually, it wasn’t my choice to make,” Fu said. “We discussed it as a family and decided it was a great way to explore the world and learn more about myself in the process.”
Her time in the U.S. has sparked an innate curiosity and led her on a path of self-discovery. She’s intrigued by anything that’s unknown to her and is always eager to learn and grow as a person.
Her exposure to pop culture in the U.S. has given her something that she now couldn’t live without: Rap music. She credits former roommate and Stratifyd coworker, Kelly Li, for this newfound love of the genre.
She’s fascinated by how real the genre is behind the lyrics and is inspired by the level of talent and creativity needed to flourish in the industry.
In just two years, the pair have been to more concerts than they can count to see Kendrick Lamar, Migos, Lil Wayne, and more perform. She even went on a solo trip to Los Angeles for the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival (formerly known as the Odd Future Carnival), a music festival organized by rapper Tyler, The Creator.
But she wants to devote more of her time to discovering other passions besides music. One of those passions is bouldering. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that doesn’t require a rope or harness. The challenge is to climb short but tricky bouldering “problems,” or routes, using balance, technique, and intuition.
She was introduced to the sport a few weeks ago by a group of Stratifyd team members. They often climb together at Inner Peaks and help one another by critiquing climbs and sharing tips. Fu enjoys the problem-solving aspect of bouldering just as much, if not more, than the physical aspect.
Another passion she’s found recently is programming.
“I’m curious about it,” Fu said. “Learning more about programming will be helpful for my role as a UI Developer. The more I understand the technical side of our projects, the better my designs will be.”
By combining her interest in tech and a lifelong love of art and design, UI wound up being the perfect fit for a career. Fu creates her own landing pages and websites in her spare time.
She’s drawn to minimalism and her projects often reflect her personal style, a beautiful combination of masculinity and femininity. Her favorite UI project to date was inspired by typography and allowed her to play with different elements of imagery and color.
Q&A with Jiaming Fu
Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Charlotte?
A: I love how supportive and friendly the community is here. It’s an up-and-coming city with a great balance of expansion of different industries and fun activities.
Q: What sparked your interest in Stratifyd?
A: Definitely the company culture. Everyone is smart, full of energy, and passionate. I love working with people who constantly challenge and inspire me. I’m really thrilled to learn and grow with the Stratifyd family every day.
Q: What is your favorite brand to follow on social media and why?
A: I’m on Instagram all the time (I follow more than 1,000 people). I could name a ton of different accounts that inspire me in different ways, but my favorite designer on Instagram is @beeple_crap (his real name is Mike Winkelmann). He made a new piece of art every day for 12 years without a break, which is really impressive.
Q: What is on your travel bucket list?
A: I’ve always wanted to travel to northern Europe. Copenhagen and Amsterdam are currently at the top of my travel list.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: Live the best version of yourself.
Q: What's one thing you can't live without?
A: There’s definitely more than just one thing I couldn’t live without. My family, friends, my cat, and …RAMEN.
Q: What's the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
A: Making the decision to adopt my cat. I always thought it would be a huge responsibility and might be overwhelming, but it turned out to be the best decision I ever made.
Q: What’s your spirit animal and why (this can also be a person/role model)?
A: A wolf. I love their sharpness and intuitiveness. I have one small tattoo of wolf on my left leg, which makes me feel stronger.
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: Time travel. It would be super cool to travel back to my childhood and talk to that little girl as her dear friend.
Q: One cause that you’re passionate about?
A: Education. Personally, I think education shaped me into the person I am today, and I think more people should have better access to better education.
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