part observer of humans.
From Japan, to design
Pencils in hand and drawing anthropomorphic dogs like nobody’s business. From there, I upgraded to making cooler and more *important* things like Xanga layouts and class T-shirts.
Living in Japan inspired me to follow my dreams of becoming a graphic designer. At first, freelancing felt so right - designing logos and flyers for local organizations. But eventually, I felt unsatisfied with the scope of my work. I found myself asking,
What kind of impact am I making?
Struggles as an immigrant
Growing up in an immigrant family, I witnessed first-hand the difficulties a non-English speaker faces in America through my mom. “Convenient” features like automated telephone services haunted her because of her accent. They didn’t just keep her from completing a task; they made her feel taunted and unwelcome in her home. I never understood why they weren’t designed for edge cases like her. Something was inherently wrong.
Design wasn’t inclusive.
These experiences made me realize that I want to do more than just make things look pretty. I craved more of a human element. I wanted to use my design skills to help the everyday person, to do more than design cool aesthetic but improve lives in some shape or form. Most importantly, I wanted my design to help people feel included, like this was designed for them.
The lightbulb moment
After some soul searching (and Google searching), I found UX design and fell in love. User-centric design was the answer I was looking for:
To craft visually engaging designs that are usable and enjoyable!
I’ve spent the last year and a half molding my visual design and anthropology backgrounds into a strong UX/UI design skill set. As a UX product designer, I take pride in my work that I did my best to make a slice of the world function better than it did before.