Photography by Gabrielle Lussier

“Every great design begins with an even better story."
—Lorinda Mamo, Designer
Born and raised in Fort McMurray, Rebecca Lai is a Chinese-Canadian UI/UX designer who currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication Design from the University of Alberta and an Art and Design Certificate from Keyano College.
With over 4 years of experience, she's worked in a variety of different industries from STEM education for children, higher education, marketing, and legal tech. At her very core, she is driven by growth, ethical innovation, and the desire to help others. She designs through a human-centered design lens by advocating for DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging). Similar to IDEO, Lai strives to find the sweet spot that balances people, business, and technical needs.
One of Rebecca’s earliest memory of being an artist was when she was a toddler, using her mom’s red lipstick and nail polishes to draw on the walls in her childhood home. Today in her fine arts practice, she often creates work as a reflection of the Asian diaspora. Within the subject of cultural identity, she dissects it into different experiences—nostalgia, appreciation of culture, and reflection on adversity.
Rebecca has received several scholarships throughout her creative and academic journey. This includes the Jason Lang Scholarship, Keyano Art & Design Scholarship, and the Kim Jenkins Student Art Scholarship.
- throwing clay on the wheel
- trying local eats
- experimenting with sourdough baking
- listening to TTPD (if you know, you know)
- gardening
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