I stepped into design in 2008, soon after the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. I majored in Communications Design at Tsinghua University, and I focused on print-based designs (books, newspapers, and posters). When I graduated and looked around to practice my profession, I realized that traditional graphic design was on a decline in the digital era. Typography and book design takes a long time to produce, yet no longer serve a broad audience as they used to be.
That was a turning moment that prompted me to come to the U.S. to study media design. I spent my time at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles to learn about design and technology. I explored digital design in the context of future wearables, digital parenting, the Internet of Things(IoT), and autonomous driving. Yet, none of these lab design studies made me a good fit for a junior designer role in Silicon Valley.
So I took a step back to relearn everything about mobile and web products and practice design in technologies that we use, love, and struggle with every day. Through the apps that I designed within a decade, I found joy in creating solutions to solve business challenges and make technology more human.
Nowadays, I devote my work hours to building apps live and scale, and personal hours writing and mentoring to give back to the creator community.