Hello! I'm Manjia Zhao

I am a visual designer, UI/UX designer and illustrator, a video game player, rock n roll lover and comic book nerd. 

My background in both animation and visual design gave me many lenses to understand the colorful world around me. I love using my design skills to tell stories and solve problems.

In the past 3 years, I’ve worked for 2 startups full time and helped them build successful brand identities and products. The first one is Rip van Wafels, an innovating snack company. I reshaped their brand direction, gave it a new look. I redesigned their logo, website and packaging. I also was responsible for their email campaign and sales/marketing materials. With the new branding, the company landed a big deal with Starbucks. Now the product is in Starbucks nationwide and Canada. The current company I’m working for is Journey, a personal car insurance company. I created a new brand identity system for the company, shaped the brand language. I also worked on the product concept building and created and shipped a product (mobil app).

If you are looking for a brand designer with good knowledge of product design, I can be a good fit. If you are looking for a product designer with strong visual skill, I can also be a good fit. I’m not afraid of challenge. I am quick to learn and to execute.


  • UI/UX
  • Branding Strategy
  • Visual Identity
  • Digital Illustration
  • Adobe Creative Suite including Premiere and After Effects
  • Sketch, Omnigraffle, Invision, Framer
  • Basic knowledge of HTML, CSS


-Reddot Award 2014  Best of the Best

 Online Exhibition

-Works selected for the Spring Shows at Academy of Art University. 2012-2013

-The Third National Advertising Art Design Competition for College Students, China. Third Place, 2009

Contact Me

Tel: 415 489 8926

Email: manjiadesign@gmail.com