Dear Sir or Madam:
Once a designer of the Duetch Design Company (Netherlands), I am the youngest professor of Graphic Design at the Central Academy of Art and Design, the leading higher-learning institution of its kind in China. I now take the pleasure to recommend to you a promising student of mine for acceptance into your graduate program.
Mr. Gong Yishu first impressed me in my class of poster design. Of all the students who were listening to my lecture, he was the only one who pointed out a problem in a poster, and it turned out later that he was right. But making a critical comment about my work required both perceptiveness and courage. At the time, all the Academy’s students looked up to me as I had just come back from Europe, where I was part of a famed art exhibition. He thus struck me as a young man who could have a promising career in graphic design, because I think good graphic design requires the courage to imagine and to express. So, I made friends with him.
With an understanding of the Chinese culture that is unusual for someone of his age, Mr. Li produces designs and other artistic works that are distinctly Chinese, imbued with Chinese values and traditions. He knows that, as a designer in china, he is first of all a Chinese artist serving Chinese audiences. Towards this end, he has successfully fused the old with the new, and the theoretical with the practical, and the emotional with the spiritual. Inherent in his artistic creations is the ethos of an Oriental culture that dates back five thousand years.
I think Mr. Li is well cut out to become a world-class artist, as he desires to be. He knows that an artistic creation has to be deeply embedded in the artist’s own culture if it is to be of any enduring value to the world. Conversely, he understands that he must draw inspiration from other cultures if he wants to satisfy the dominant tastes of the modern Chinese. His designs so far represent courageous and fruitful efforts to bridge the gaps across East and West civilizations.
We share the idea that designers must communicate and cooperate with each other. Mr. Li always communicates with all kinds of people, from professors and his classmates to the shop clerks and even passers-by who stopped at the Academy’s gate. He thinks that, to make his design simple but sophisticated, this kind of communication is very important. He almost always asks me a few questions when he meets me, and I usually feel the questions he submits merit discussion. We often talk about them. We both draw inspiration from such conversations, inspirations that we turn into graphic designs.
As a quality undergraduate student, he has demonstrated great intellectual potential, which he can readily tap in his graduate studies for the realization of his ambitions. I hereby lend my full support to Mr. Li’s application, and shall greatly appreciate your favorable consideration.
To Whom it May Concern:
It is my honor to recommend John Doe for matriculation into the Graduate program at Rochester Institute. I have had the pleasure to know and work with John for the last six years. He first worked with me as an intern in the software development organization at XYZ in Syracuse, NY. Following his graduation from Rochester Institute, I was fortunate enough to keep track of his career so that when the opportunity arose, I was able to recruit him to his current position at ABCD. The characteristics of John that attracted my attention then, and led me to hire him out of Company B last year, make it easy for me to give him an unqualified endorsement for graduate study.
John brings to all of his activities energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. This is to be expected in any successful member of an entrepreneurial organization, and in this regard John fits in well. Be it in the parsing of intricate algorithms in a billing system, the crafting of an object hierarchy, or the establishment of best practices with an emerging technology, John consistently delivers high-quality software for our organization. This speaks to his overall intellect and ability to learn, attributes that will serve him well in graduate study.
While John is a relatively junior member of our organization as measured by tenure, he quickly established himself as a go-to person in the product domains in which he has worked. He has been ever-willing to work with members of our organization to share his knowledge and expertise, most notably as a presenter for presentations on product functions. He has a deep-rooted spirit of helpfulness that coupled with his quick grasp of subject matter speaks well to his potential as a teaching assistant or instructor.
What I find most engaging in John's character are his wide-ranging interests outside of software. Two of his abiding interests are game theory and economics. He can be quickly engaged in an in depth discussion, for instance, of the rationale behind EZ-Pass, the lack-of rationality of the financial markets, or the optimal approach for making a few quid on the super-bowl. John's broad range of interests speaks well to his potential as researcher, both in bringing a wide range of theory to the research at hand, as well as carrying forward new hypotheses of interest to researchers.
John Doe is a valued member of our organization whom we have learned we can rely on, regardless of the difficulty of the task to hand or the novelty of the challenge. His combination of intelligence, commitment, perseverance, creativity, and compassionate character will certainly make him a valuable member of any academic program. I encourage you to look favorably upon his application.