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 in USI's Department of Art. She teaches several courses including Introduction to Graphic Design, Graphic Design II, Graphic Design IV, Typography, Publication, and Web Design. Her design work has won awards from AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), PRINT magazine and AGDA (American Graphic Design & Advertising) and has been published internationally. In addition, Xinran has received two USI Liberal Arts Faculty Development Awards, two USI Liberal Arts Faculty Research Awards and USI Summer Research Fellowship.
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.