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.
> 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
> Seattle (currently)
> San Francisco
> Los Angeles
I buy a cake on every holiday or special day. It is my way of celebrating my wonderful life.
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.
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
> Maybe You Should Talk to Someone — Lori Gottlieb
> 北野武的小酒馆 — 北野武
> 在场Presence Podcast
> Design Details Podcast
> UX Coffee Podcast
> 文化有限 Podcast
> 声东击西 Podcast
> Two cats meowing
> Digital Detox
> Technologies of the Self
> American Sign Language
“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 dancing with handcuffs and shackles.”