In many ways, to design is to be cynical, idealist, and pessimistic. To design is to believe the permanent existence of a way of living better than the status quo, yet undefeated by the permanent existence of challenges to make it a reality.

Aosheng Ran is a San Francisco-based interaction designer who uses system thinking and storytelling to empower individuals and communities. He is enrolled in the Interaction Design BFA program at California College of the Arts, and he has previously worked at DocuSign and Intuit.