Grammy Awards-nominated designer Qing-Yang Xiao was born into a bakery family in 1966 in the Xindian District of Taipei. During elementary school days, he loved hanging out in night market record stores, where he would avidly check out the latest Western album covers.
After graduating from high school, Xiao started his career as a record cover designer, working out of an illegal rooftop extension in the Nanshijiao area of Taipei. He continued designing album covers throughout the 80s and 90s. As of 2012, his work spanned more than 1,000 record covers.
Many of Xiao’s designs encompass his love of Taiwan and the people of Taiwan. One of his works, “Story Island”, received numerous recognitions including Germany’s Red Dot Design Awards, the Chinese Media Awards, the Chicago Good Design Awards, the Independent Music Awards, and a Grammy Award nomination. His collection can be seen in the Red Dot Design Museum and the Chicago Athenaeum.
Xiao’s “Story Island” juxtaposes all things beautiful against ideas and elements he care most about, such as natural disasters. In 2012, he won an American Independent Music Award for his work on the album “After 75 Years”.
Xiao continues to make innovative designs today. His lives by the motto: Good people have good luck.