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. Currently, I am a product designer on the digital workplace team at Starbucks.
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 and craftsmanship behind the creativity. The exciting problem-solving nature of UX design inspired me to pivot my career, freelancing as a self-taught new media designer before landing a web design role at the City and County of San Francisco. 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 in robotics. I had an amazing opportunity to work under Professor Shwetak Patel while in grad school, creating mobile medical diagnostic tools (now part of Google). A majority of the work involved understanding behavioral patterns of patients and medical professionals, and then designing a creative solution catering to both users and meeting 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. Today, I get to apply my design experience to influencing the operational paradigms within Microsoft.
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!