About me

My name is Hieu To but I go by Sam.Originally I’m from Vietnam and I moved to Seattle in 2009. I’m a versatile graphic designer specializing in three dimensional digital art and technology, such as Holography and Augmented Reality. I’m a reliable, practical, creative problem solver who loves challenging myself. I am interested in learning motion graphics, animation, and experimenting with new technology.

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I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sam on a variety of projects. From branding and UX design to motion graphics and character animation, Sam never ceases to amaze me with his unique creative lens, attention to detail, and collaborative spirit. He not only has brilliant ideas, he executes on them quickly and with precision. I highly recommend Sam and would hire him in a second.

Lindsay Shelmire

Program manager at 8ninths

Erik Fadiman

Interactive Designer + Developer

In ten years of teaching at Seattle Central, Sam stands out as one of my most exceptional students. With every project and every medium, he always pushed himself beyond my expectations. He is incredibly talented, hard-working, and he has a meticulous attention to detail. Furthermore, he has excellent communication skills and is a delight to work with. He has incredible potential and if you choose to hire him, you will not be disappointed.

Sam is one of the more creative students I have ever had the pleasure to teach. He is fundamentally a three-dimensional thinker, making his work dynamic and multi-faceted. He is an agile designer – he tackles new and unfamiliar technology with curiosity and intelligence and he is able to apply fundamental design concepts to a variety of applications. His work is always executed smartly and gracefully. On top of all of this, he is a positive, open person and very enjoyable to be around. I highly recommend Sam.

Katie Davis

Adjunct Instructor at Seattle Central Creative Academy

Founder and Lead Designer at Kanawha Design Studio LLC.

Jill Vartenigian

Professor at Seattle Central College

Sam is one of the hardest working students in his graduating class. He’s naturally curious and is an avid learner, often experimenting with materials, techniques, and new media to surprise and delight the viewer. He comes up with intriguing ideas and has the grit to rework his projects until the problem is solved. Sam works well on teams and individually, is open to art direction, and is always professional. He’d be an asset to any team.

“…He is comfortable with technology. He is efficient and responsible and flexible….He is capable, creative and responsible. He has lots of ideas and can make them happen..”

Short stop-motion video Zuleika & The Strange Bean

See more on her blog “Books Around The Table”

Julie Paschkis

https://juliepaschkis.com/

A painter, textile designer, and award-winning illustrator and author of books for children.

Personal Skills

Innovate

Creative

Teamwork

Organizing

Adaptability

Professional Skills

Visual design

Typography

Packaging

Environmental

3D modeling

Digital Print

Branding

UI/UX

Proficiency

Photoshop

Illustrator

inDesign

After Effects

Premere Pro

Rhino

3D Print

Laser Cut

Education

  • Seattle Central Creative Academy/ 2014 – 2016

A.A.S. in Graphic Design

Projects and specialties include print design and interactive design, advertising, branding, poster design, typography, environmental design, packaging, web design, UI/UX, mobile apps, and motion graphics.

  • South Seattle Community College / 2010 -2013

A.A.S. in Culinary Arts

Certificates in Restaurant Production and Banquet/Catering Operations

  • Informatics Institue, Singapore/ 2008

International Advanced Diploma in Gaming and Animation Technology

Work Experience

  • Rhodeswork Design Studio/ Feb 2017-present

Part-time Visual Graphic Designer

  • KANAWHA Design Studio LLC / Sep 2016 – Jan 2017

Visual Graphic Designer / Environmental Designer Intern

  • Julie Paschkis / Apr l 2016 – Jun 2016

Video editor

“Zuileika and the strange bean” – a short stop-motion video

My mom told me that when I was a child, “crayons and a plain paper” were two things that stopped me from crying. In my mind as a child, crayons were my magic wand and plain paper was a place where my magic would come alive. While growing up, I took some artistic classes every summer such as hand crafts, drawing, and painting.

After graduating high school, I’ve began the Advanced Diploma of Gaming and Animation Technology in Singapore.

After two years studying and graduating in Singapore I came to Seattle. By that time, I had missed a date to apply for the graphic design program at Seattle Central Community College. Due to my Visa requirements, I couldn’t wait to apply to the program the following year. I decided to start my second favorite hobby, cooking.

After 2 years, I graduated from culinary arts program at South Seattle Community College. Nevertheless, I didn’t feel satisfied with cooking as a career and decided to pursue my old passion.

Fall 2014, I enrolled in Graphic Design in Seattle Central Creative Academy.

Spring 2016, I’m graduated with AAS Graphic design with high grades and Dean’s list honors.

After traveling and studying in different countries,  I’m excited to lay down my roots in Seattle and start my new career as a graphic designer.