Cheryl Yau is a Bay Area-based designer and critic originally from Hong Kong. She earned her undergraduate degree from York University/Sheridan College’s Joint Program in Design before pursuing a Masters in Design Criticism at the School of Visual Arts.

Her writing on design has been published in Design Observer, IDSGN, Print, Metropolis, Motionographer, and others. Cheryl has presented her research and participated on discussion panels at Parsons The New School of Design and School of Visual Arts.

In 2012, she founded a hand-sewn leather workshop, featuring small accessories designed and crafted by herself. She currently leads product design at Everlane, shaping the ecommerce experience on desktop and mobile. Previously, she was an interaction designer at The New York Times focused on designing mobile products and also at Squarespace, creating templates for the web publishing platform.

Cheryl Yau