Atlanta-based designer Mimi Tin, has been inventing and creating since the first day she picked up a pencil and a pair of scissors. From the earliest age, Mimi was no stranger to pushing the design limits to realize her visions.
Born in Burma during the rule of a military dictator, Mimi immigrated to the U.S. with her family in search of freedom, and found the freedom to use her imagination. As she watched her parents start at the poverty level and work their way to the top, she saw how their faith never wavered as they trusted in God’s plan every step of the way. She learned from an early age that “With God, all things are possible.”
As a young child, Mimi was not afforded the luxury of manufactured toys, so she relied on her imagination and natural curiosity to discover her new environment. She began to transform ordinary paper towel rolls into doll furniture, colorful pieces of paper into one-of-a-kind dresses, and cardboard boxes into buildings and cities.
Mimi's creativity was boundless. Her artistic abilities were noted and nurtured in school, and she was granted a Fine Arts Scholarship to Carson-Newman University in Tennessee. Her desire to learn more about graphic design was insatiable, and she went on to pursue a Graduate degree in Environmental Graphic Design at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta.
As a Graphic Designer, Mimi has worked in all areas from Brand Identity creation to implementation. Her client roster is impressive and has included work with The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Airlines, Samsung Electronics, Sydney Olympic Games, Salt Lake City Olympic Games, Athens Olympic Games, Torino Olympic Games, Sony Corporation, Chick-fil-A, Johnson & Johnson, SPANX by Sara Blakely, and many more.
Mimi returned to the Portfolio Center to share her experience and love for design, and taught Olympic Branding and Retail Branding classes for over 15 years. She created the 3D modeling curriculum at the school, and many of her students have gone on to become nationally and internationally recognized Designers and award winning Creative Directors.
For the past 10 years, Mimi has been overseeing the creative direction and operations for the two startups she launched with the mission to bring "Humor, Joy & Laughter" into everyday life. Sushi Style is a whimsical, modern Collection of Furniture and Home Accessories, and The BeLOVED Life is a Collection of inspirational plush pillows designed to help kids feel valued, safe, and loved.
Mimi’s designs have been featured in Seventeen Magazine’s “Top 10 Back to School Products”, and reviewed by TODAY Show toy expert, Stephanie Oppenheim, who described her as a “graphic designer clearly not afraid to push the envelope.” Mimi has received praise for her innovative products from Architectural Digest, HGTV, Jezebel Magazine, Times Free Press, Good Day Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and has been named “Young Designer on a Roll” by The New York Times.
“With God, all things are Possible” ~ Matthew 19:26