Imagining and designing futures has been my passion since I was a little kid.
My childhood projects included far-fetched ones like communicating with extraterrestrial civilizations, time travel, teleportation, and more grounded ones such as solar-powered firefighting drones, Hyperloop-style maglev trains and smart car user interfaces.
In the high school years, I drifted away from scientific studies and got interested in the mesmerizing Japanese culture, which led me to study Japanese language and culture at the university. But language studies was not where I feel I belong. To get back to my roots of designing futures, I had to carve myself a path from scratch.
I found the perfect opportunity in Denmark.
For two years, I studied human-computer interaction, design anthropology, innovation and user experience design in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment. Here, my deep interest in future studies encouraged me to write my master's thesis on design fiction. I also did a summer internship in Tokyo, at Japan's telecommunications giant NTT Communications, as a service designer.
After being in a quandary about whether to pursue a PhD or a business career, I opted for trying the latter first and enjoyed it so far.
Within the four years in the industry, I’ve worked as a UX strategist, a UX team of one, and a product designer/manager hybrid in the SaaS domain. I’ve helped ship products and features to thousands of users and hundreds of clients, by solving complex problems day to day. Meanwhile, I've also done several freelance web design jobs as well as taking part in online co-innovation projects and receiving some awards.
Besides my full-time job, I continue to do thinking and researching on future studies to shape my long-planned PhD project. My research revolves around prototyping potential future worlds through design fiction that enables us to chart a course towards a more habitable one.
My unique education and career track demonstrate my willingness and capability to take on new challenges, and I am more than open to new ones.
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