Hi, I'm Zhu, a product designer/UX Designer with a hybrid background in design and marketing. Because of the diverse experience, I'm good at balancing the user needs and the business goal, which sometimes go against each other in reality. 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 skills, and business thinking.
Other than 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. I believe "the best design is no design."
Currently, I live in Seattle pursuing a master's degree in design management at SCAD and will graduate in Dec 2021.
Writting down my dreams when I wake up for 11 years.
Tracking places I have visited for 11 years.
Digitalizing all my clothes, shoes, handbags, and accessories for 6 years.
I buy a cake on every holiday or special day. It is my way of celebrating my wonderful life.
In China, we usually “干杯” when people are having meals together. It’s like the moment when people say “Cheers” in western countries. The moment of “Cheers” makes me feel warm and happy. So, I decided to capture the moments of joy. I have been doing this for 11 years.
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.
Exhalation: Stories — Ted Chiang
Nudge — Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
Design Details Podcast
Design Better Podcast
UX Coffee Podcast
Sounds of nature
Digital Detox · Technologies of the Self · Safe to Try · Little Big Details
“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
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