Designing for humans

Hello, nice to meet you! I am a Designer and certified Project Manager with a strong love for good coffee. I am passionate about bringing life to bleeding-edge technology concepts and putting it into people's hands. I currently work as the sole UX designer and researcher in a successful health startup based in Seattle, WA. 

Background

My design career began as an accident. At the time when I was in a PM role for a small construction firm, I had been given a project to re-design the company’s website. I immediately fell in love with the science behind the creativity. After discovering the exciting problem-solving nature of user experience design, I shifted to freelancing as a self-taught new media designer before landing at the City and County of San Francisco as a web designer. As of June 2017, I completed a Masters degree in Human Centered Design and Engineering (MS HCDE) at the University of Washington with an internationally recognized capstone project. While in grad school, I worked under Professor Shwetak Patel at Ubicomp Lab and Senosis Health in creating medical diagnostic tools on the mobile device. The work involved understanding behavioral patterns of patients and medical professionals, and then designing a creative solution catering to both users that meet FDA standards. My experience at the UW has taught me how to use research as a powerful tool to create better human-centered designs — something I have become deeply passionate about.

Philosophy

I have a penchant for stepping out of my comfort zone. I believe such habits are part of a recipe for building character and widening perspectives. The world is your oyster; your riches depend on whether you dare to open it.

When I'm not busy using my UX superpowers, I like to share cheesy words of wisdom (like the above), dance, cook/bake, shoot arrows, and explore all the great coffee shops Seattle has to offer!