Baozhen Li


  • 5201314


Texting and instant messaging is a mainstay of contemporary interpersonal communication. SMS shorthand makes an incredible and lasting impact on how we connect.

Spoken in Mandarin, the number sequence 5 2 0 1 3 1 4 sounds similar to “I love you forever:” 我爱你一生一世. As a shorthand, Chinese teenagers have transformed the phrase “I love you forever” into “5 2 0 1 3 1 4.”

I say to you all, “5 2 0 1 3 1 4!”


Baozhen Li is an industrial designer and 3d animator practicing at Thirst since 2011. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As an artist, she works in diverse mediums from painting to metal-working to digital media. Her work is on display throughout the city of Chicago and may currently be seen at the Illini Union of UIUC and in the atrium of Ogilvie Transportation Center.

Baozhen believes what we do outside of work is what makes us unique. Outside the studio, she likes to explore the world with her iPhone documenting everything that catches her eye and sometimes ears. Starting May 2013, she aspires to visit at least one state or country every month for the rest of 2013. She is proud to say mission accomplished! She has collected over 20,000 photographs of her travels within the past year and the collection is still growing!


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