About Zhu

Hi, I'm Zhu, a product designer with a hybrid background in design and marketing. Transferring to design from a non-design field makes me feel stronger because I own the bonus skillset and mindset out of the design world. So far, my design equipment is the human-centered design methodology, storytelling, and business thinking.

Other than being a designer, I define myself as a professional life tracker. I have tracked myself and my life for 20 years. One proud achievement is taking a photo every day for 11 years. Thanks to the experience, I pay more attention to details that seem invisible in life. Applying that to design, I'm fascinated by "little big details" that the designs are invisible but smoothing the experience. 

Things I have kept doing

> Taking a photo every day to track my daily life for 11 years

> Writing down my dreams when I wake up for 11 years

> Mapping my footprints in the world for 6 years

> Tracking my sleep performance for 6 years

> Digitalizing my clothes, shoes, handbags, and accessories for 4 years

> Listing moments of joy every day for 1 year

Places I have lived for years

> Seattle (currently)

> San Francisco

> Los Angeles

> Shanghai

> Guangzhou

> Beijing

Tattoos I added to my body

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Hair colors I have tried

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Lifestyle I enjoyed

MY CAKE RITUAL

I buy a cake on every holiday or special day. It is my way of celebrating my wonderful life.

MOMENTS OF CHEERS

Chinese usually "干杯" when people have meals together. It's like the moment when people say "Cheers" in western countries. I have captured moments of "干杯" for 11 years because I felt warm and happy in those moments.

GEOCACHING

I like indie puzzle games. I enjoy living in cities. Geocaching perfectly combined these two charms. There is a hidden world that muggles are unable to see.

Products I currently use

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Currently learning

READING

> Exhalation: Stories — Ted Chiang

> 松浦弥太郎的100个基本 — 松浦弥太郎 

> Thinking, Fast and Slow — Daniel Kahneman 

LISTENING

> Design Details Podcast

> Design Better Podcast

> UX Coffee Podcast

> 迟早更新 Podcast

> 文化有限 Podcast

> Two cats meowing

RECENTLY ENJOYED

> Storytelling

> Digital Detox

> Technologies of the Self

> Safe to Try

> Little Big Details

Values

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”
– William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking

“Take chances, make mistakes, get messy.”
– Ms. Frizzle, The Magic School Bus

“Product design is the art of interpretation.”
– Zhu

Website
© 2022 Zhu with 🌸
Contact

zhz.1208@gmail.com