Xinran Hu, born in Beijing, China, earned her M.F.A. at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2002. Beginning in 2003, Xinran Hu has taught at the university level. Before she moved to the United States, Xinran Hu worked as a graphic designer for a design firm in Beijing for five years. Xinran Hu is now a tenured associate professor at the Department of Art and Design in the University of Southern Indiana. She has taught several courses including Introduction to Graphic Design, Graphic Design II, Graphic Design IV, Typography, Advanced Typography, Publication Design, Web Design, Motion Graphics Design and Senior Design Seminar. Her design work has won awards from AIGA, PRINT magazine, and AGDA (American Graphic Design & Advertising) and has been published internationally. Xinran Hu's bilingual (Chinese and English) book titled Gestalt Theory in the Art of Chinese Cut-Paper was published by the Hebei Fine Art Press in 2008, and won PRINT's 2009 Regional Design Annual Award. In addition, Xinran has received two USI Liberal Arts Faculty Development Awards, three USI Liberal Arts Faculty Research Awards, a USI Applied Research Faculty Outreach and Engagement Fellowship, a USI Faculty Research and Creative Work Award, a USI Summer Research Fellowship and a USI Tenured or Clinical Faculty Grant.