I am Qian Yu (于茜), a freelance UX designer currently studying in a Masters program with a focus in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at University of California, Berkeley. With a mixed background of HCI, Social Science and Communications, I bring a holistic approach to design from a humanistic perspective. Meanwhile, to understand the user group I design for, I immerse myself in design research to uncover their needs and behaviors. In addition to design, I love photography, traveling, and cooking.
I was born in Quzhou, a city with charming scenery and profound cultural heritage in Zhejiang Province, China. Since I was a little girl, driven by curiosity, I have been good at exploring reasons why things are the way they are through talking as well as listening to others. With the curiosity and communication talents, I went to journalism school to get trained as a journalist. The interest in digital technologies gained from the internship experience as a technology journalist further motivated me to explore how people communicate with the use of digital media and technologies.
Luckily, I was admitted to the masters degree in communications in a top tier communication school Communication University of China. Nevertheless, this program didn’t fully satisfy my curiosity about human beings communication behaviors under the digital technology context. Thanks to the fully funded PhD program offer in communications from Washington State University, I went to U.S. to continue the communication studies.
Insights I got from courses, research, and life observation on the digital media use triggered my keen interest in the issue of how to improve the usability of digital media supported by the information and communication technologies. Led by this interest, I am determined to work as a UX professional on designing solutions, which are informed by solid user research, to improve the user experience, making life easy.