Effy (Xinyan) Liu is an Industrial Design student minoring in Art and Theater Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was born and spent her first 16 years in China before she moved to Maine for three years of high school where she developed her love for nature.

After she graduated, Effy decided to move to the city of Chicago to study design. As a designer, she believes in the unexplored beauties in daily life and wants to remind people of that through her design. Her works are often inspired by nature and traditional crafts. 

Over the past few years, Effy has gained a wide range of experiences from her internship, freelance work, competition, exhibition and theater production. In her free time, she loves making with different material and methods and traveling to experiencing different cultures.