My 10+ years of work experience as a researcher & designer means that I can effectively plan, research, execute, manage, & disseminate projects, ranging from concise single-week assignments to complex multi-year ventures.
I am skilled in end-to-end design, including:
user & competitor research; personas & user stories; information architecture; user testing
Lo-Fi wireframing & Hi-Fi prototyping; design systems & style guides; icon design & illustrations
leading team & facilitating dialogue; documentation & presentation of work
My primary design tool is Figma, but I am likewise proficient in Adobe software & love learning new tools that aid both the research and design process (e.g., I recently discovered Whimsical!). I work well in agile environments where I can communicate with my team & document my workflow through tools such as Jira & Confluence. I can present fact-driven research coupled with compelling designs to both internal team members & external stakeholders.
results of user & product research should always inform & be reflected in the design
context of a specific product or service should shape the decisions within the design process
regardless of the product, goal, or aesthetic, the design should follow a logical (i.e. user-tested) framework & its elements should be consistent
I am am strong advocate for continued learning throughout one’s life, especially in this field of technology where novel ideas, skills, & tools are multiplying ad infinitum. I am likewise passionate about teaching & mentoring the next generation of researchers & designers.
Having traveled & researched in over 40 countries, I am particularly enthusiastic about initiatives that facilitate cross-cultural communication. Furthermore, growing up in a bilingual immigrant family, I am devoted to working on projects that are accessible to diverse audiences both in terms of design & content.
I am passionate about researching, building, & maintaining design systems, including style guides for visual design & sticker sheets for icons, illustrations, interactive elements & components.
As an expert in the history of art & design, I believe that all UI design choices should be intentional. Design decisions need to be deeply intertwined with both UX & product research.
Furthermore, I love making workflows more efficient & practice atomic design system principles. I take full advantage of tools that aid with the automatization & consistency of responsive component building, notably utilizing Figma's Component + Instance, Auto Layout, & Variant features.
Being a designer to a T, I indeed sketched my portfolio website, drew lo-fi wireframes & then built a prototype. I devised a design system that would represent myself + pull together & brand all of my professional documents.
My paths to creative inspiration are intertwined with my love for the history of art & design. Though my creativity can be sparked by work in the modern digital world, it most often emerges from encounters & experiences in the physical world.
Everything we create today– whether a museum, mug, meme or microchip– is built on past design systems. Absolutely nothing within our visual environment was or will ever be created ex nihilo. Thus, I am endlessly exploring historical, cultural, & biological interconnections through time & across space.
There is something to be said about aesthetic taste, & an innate sense for organizing discrete visual entities into a harmonious unity. Day-in & day-out I am thinking about & assembling the puzzle pieces that make up my own visual world from dressing myself to decorating my home; no part of this process is meaningless & every item included has a story to tell.
This knack for style & design undoubtedly brought me to my career: I love experimenting with how past analog design systems can be interlaced with modern digital design systems. I strive to articulate each decision that I make in the UI design process in order to always create meaningful & contextualized associations.
My formal education has led me think more critically, research more thoroughly, design more creatively, & communicate more effectively.
I earned my PhD in the history of art & design from Cornell University (2013-2020). There I undertook research, interpreted data, & disseminated results through presentations & publications. My doctoral dissertation was about premodern fashion design systems across Central Asia & Iran. I won over $250k in research funding based on both project designs & qualifications, including fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2017-2019).
I received my MA in art history & archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (2011-2013). There I gained my broad knowledge of the history, theory, & criticism of art & design across time & space.
I received my BFA in studio art & my BA in art history from the College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, University of Cincinnati (2006-2011). There I built a solid foundation for creating within 2-dimensional spaces, alongside how to approach decision-making processes.