I fit myself in a mold. I learned to adapt, or rather conform. My hobbies of photography and film no longer were about what I wanted to show, but what I thought people wanted to see. Nothing was designed for me, instead I had to teach myself how to use it. Ironically, however, this all taught me how think from a user-centered perspective and showed me an important fact:
People want personal user experiences.
With the rapidly growing state of technology, experiences risk becoming more and more impersonal. I want to help alleviate this issue by designing technology that doesn't leave users behind. I want to create user experiences which are built for the isolated user. I want people to listen to themselves, and still be able to use a design and say:
"This was made for me".
My name is Joshua Yao, and I'm a UX designer who's excited about creating designs and user experiences that feel personal. I studied Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the University of Washington for my Bachelor's and also at the Georgia Institute of Technology for my Master's in HCI.
I currently am located on the coast in a small little town called Seattle.