A Stranger to Words

Lead DesignerMeng-Chih Chiang
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Prize(s)3rd Place in Multimedia / Interactive Media
Entry Description

‘A Stranger to Words’ is an interactive network graph created by Meng Chih Chiang to visualize her personal learning experience. Based on her daily reading report, the personal database of 23,358 words were created originally to express how she understood words. The complicated graph evolves a great diversity of transformations, creating a mesmerizing interactive visual experience in which the language and the line of connection work in unison. Its goal is to reveal a connecting system of underlying text algorithm in a novel and insightful way and to unfold personal sentiments as a dyslexic through the capabilities of data visualization.


Meng Chih Chiang is an award-winning digital designer currently living and working in New York City, specializing in data visualization, UI/ UX and interactive media.

Meng was born in Pingtung, Taiwan. It was due to the poverty of her family that she has self-studied art since she’s a child. In 2005, she graduated in the honor of the first place from art talented class of National Pingtung Senior High School where she received 3-years full scholarship. Meng was later accepted to a BFA in Visual Communication Design from National Taiwan Normal University, as the recipient of Merit Scholarship. She actively explored to a great diversity of design and developed a new perspective on creative expression.

In 2011, Meng won Government Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Taiwan to study School of Visual Arts, MFA Computer Art in New York, concentrating on interactive art of interface, infographics, programming and internet. Other Scholarships include Matching Outside Scholarships, Lab Assistantship Scholarship and Academic Excellence Scholarship at SVA. During the studying abroad period, she is financially independent that she never spent a penny from parents and was responsible for school tuition and living expense in New York totally by herself. She graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2013 with Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for exceptional achievement in Computer Art.

She has worked as a digital designer for Medialand in Taiwan, a creative/interactive designer for American Express and Hi-Res! respectively in New York City. Clients included League of Legends, The Glenlivet, Shiseido, KFC, AXE, EVA AIR, Ballantine’s, and Taiwanese Ministry of Culture. The highlights of her awards include: 2015 Red Dot Design Award: Communication Design, French Design Index Award Winner, Best CSS Award Winner, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, The Lumen Prize, The 10th Macao Design Biennial Award, The IEEE Visualization Arts Program, Google Chrome Experiments site, etc.