Yan Da is a cross-media designer and artist. His practice includes interactive media, motion graphic, sound and photography. Yan is the founder/director of Dada Hypermedia Studio, which specializes in cross media design for commercial and art projects. He was former creative director in Crystal CG, creating interactive solutions for commercial exhibitions and large-scale events including 2012 London Olympic Games. Before that he worked as art director in motion graphic design, animation and programming at New York based design firm EYEBALL. Previously, while teaching at Tongji University, he did extensive freelance projects in motion, graphic and web design for leading design studio, TV network and cultural organization in China.
Yan is actively involved in academic field. He is currently adjunct professor, teaching new media design/art at College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, where he was a full-time lecturer for 4 years. Yan holds an MFA in Digital + Media at Rhode Island School of Design and studied in doctoral program of Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments at Brown University. Yan got (MA) architecture and (BA) visual communication at Tongji University (China).
Yan keeps a long history of art practice. He founded New York based Novatrio New Media Ensemble, focusing on cross-media expression for classical and contemporary music/stage performance. Yan has performed and lectured in concert halls and institutions across China and U.S., including Symphonic Space (New York), Asian Society, Manhattan School of Music, National Centre for the Performing Arts(China), Central Conservatory of Music and many leading universities and art schools. His art works have been exhibited internationally. His photography are published in printed and online media globally, including AIA and PHAIDON. Yan also compose experimental music diligently and co-host one of the largest Chinese contemporary music forum.