What inspires me to design is the pursuit of solving problems and improving people's lives through technology. I never want someone to walk away from a product frustrated or confused.
I studied biology in college, where I worked in a molecular marine biology lab and saw how life has evolved to solve the most fundamental of problems: survival. Evolution takes millions of years, but with design we can take things into our own hands and use our human brain to create solutions in useful and beautiful ways. Biology is still an inspiration that drives my creativity, but I knew that the isolated lab life wasn't the path that I wanted to continue on.
After graduating, I spent my early career hearing the struggles that customers experience with products that are not designed with them in mind. I worked with product teams to make them aware of how their enclosed design process did not take the human side into account. It was when I started working with the product designers that I knew that this was what I wanted to do to make an impactful difference on how people experience technology.
To take my side projects to the next level I decided to formalize my design and HCI foundation. In September of 2016 I started the Masters of Human Computer Interaction and Design program at UC Irvine and graduated in September of 2017.
I currently am an Associate Product Designer at Alation, an enterprise data catalog startup in Redwood City, CA.