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.
This evolved my philosophy on design and built on my knowledge of the arts. I view design as not just creating a usable experience, but an experience like a movie. It should present information at the right time in the right way and draw the user into the story and flows it's developing in a delightful way.
I aim to make the journey as delightful as the destination.
My name is Joshua Yao, and I'm a UX designer who's excited about creating designs and user experiences that are memorable and immersive, while tinkering with everything to see how it can be better (like this portfolio). I studied Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the University of Washington for my Bachelors of Science and also at the Georgia Institute of Technology for my Masters of Science in HCI.
I currently am located on the coast in a small little town called Seattle.