Hi again! I'm Dawn.
I'm a designer who's too self-conscious to call myself a designer. I'm just someone who enjoys making things.
Currently I'm telling stories with charts, maps, moving and scrolly things at The New York Times. Previously I was making similar things at Reuters in Singapore as I enjoyed everlasting summers and proximity to home. Prior to that I hopped back and forth between the design and graphics desks at The Washington Post.
I'm a very lucky kid.
What's that red pattern?
It's derived from my family name 蔡 (Cai). Growing up it brought me some "troubles": it's not the easiest to write; people would joke about it because it has the same pronunciation as "dishes, vegetables" in Chinese; when I moved abroad I have to bear with people calling me "Kai" all the time, etc. But then I come to realize that it's a substantial part of my identity. Wherever I am, whatever I'm doing, it is like my Anywhere Door, it links me to my roots, my home and family, as well as my childhood my past, but also my future because I'll always carry it.