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I'm Angela, a User Experience (UX) designer and ice cream enthusiast. Originally from Seattle, I am a firm believer there’s a magic that happens when gathered around good coffee and great food that inspires the best conversation. My love for design all started in a graphic design class in 6th grade (2009) learning to make posters in Adobe Photoshop on a ThinkPad— my love for Lenovo products runs deep. Since then, I have worked for Lenovo, interned with Microsoft, and participated in collaborations with Google, Volvo and AirBnB. My work has been recognized by the European Product Design Awards, Core77 Design Awards, and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's R20 climate campaign. In addition to my professional skills as a designer, researcher, usability tester, and content creator, I am an avid cook, and a tech-savvy Gen-Zer.
As a UX Designer, I believe to not purposely design for everyone is to accidentally exclude someone and my passions for accessibility, diversity, inclusivity, and sustainability are constant drivers and guides for my work. It’s my job to consider people from all cultural backgrounds and abilities with a strong understanding that inaccessible and unsustainable practices disproportionately impact minority communities. To do this job well, I continuously draw from my past experiences and studies— experiences like studying intercultural communications in Hong Kong, serving as a teacher’s aide for underprivileged youth in Chicago, working in construction at an orphanage in Costa Rica, taking care of HIV-positive Spanish-speaking children in Bolivia, and working as a co-lead of ABLE, Lenovo’s disability advocacy employee resource group, A Better Lenovo for Everyone.
My customer centric and data driven work at Lenovo reaches hundreds of thousands of customers and in 2022 I received the UXD Software team award acknowledging my accomplishments since joining the company in 2020. The work I am most proud of, however, is with ABLE. As a co-lead of ABLE, I have helped to bring inclusive language coursework and accessibility training to Lenovo's internal training program. I have also organized and hosted several exciting events such as XR Accessibility and a project showcase with Lenovo's Product Diversity Office. I have self-written and published several influencing articles on topics such as invisible disabilities and how to make virtual meetings more accessible.
I have been a mentor and tutor to university and high school students pursuing creative careers for over 3 years and occasionally guest lecture at my alma mater, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and mentor design competitions with their Future Leaders of UX (FLUX) club. For mentorship inquires, please message/add me on LinkedIn.