Adam Chang explains how documenting his travels helps him to escape the curse of the design rut
Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated with travelling abroad. Some of my best memories were of the times my family and I would go back to my birthplace, Taiwan, to visit our relatives. I remember the feeling of being somewhere foreign and the culture shock. These trips made me realise there was so much about the world that I wasn’t familiar with, but I wanted to learn more about.
After college, when I landed my first job as a designer, I decided to save all of my extra funds so that I could travel as much as possible. Since then I’ve travelled to much of Asia, some of Europe and a couple of tropical islands. I’ve found that travelling is a great way to break out of a design rut.
Observing how people in other countries live inspires me. Their daily routines, which may seem mundane to them, are fascinating to me. I enjoy visiting a new city, state or country and doing my best to immerse myself in the culture. From eating at small restaurants off the beaten path to finding unique neighbourhoods where locals reside, or just walking around for hours until my legs feel like jelly from exhaustion.
When I travel, I like to pack as light as possible. Typically, I just take along one camera, which is usually my Sony A6500 since it’s small and compact, a fixed lens, and some extra batteries.
Some of the favourite shots I’ve taken consist of quiet mornings or evenings in a bustling city after the crowds are gone, and I can capture the city at rest. Lately, I have been shooting a lot more moody landscapes, as I find a sense of calm in nature.
Now that I am a new father, I hope to share my passion for travelling with my son, so that he may be inspired to explore the world as my parents inspired me. Giving him a sense of the global community and a broader understanding of how people live outside of the United States is really important to me.
I would love for him to travel to many foreign destinations, try new cuisines, and personally learn about the customs of other countries. There are so many places that I would like to take him to, but a few in the immediate future are Iceland, Norway and New Zealand. Adam is a freelance designer based in Seattle, Washington. He creates experiences for Fortune 500 and start-up companies.