Nice to see you here! I hope you have enjoyed your visit so far.
Here are some frequently-asked questions to help you know something about me as a human.
FAQs about Yiran
1. How did you become a designer?
Here's a cliche: ever since I was a kid I aspired to make the world a better place. That's why I chose to major in industrial engineering, so that I can learn the magic of 'Kaizen', or optimization methodologies. The years in college taught me to think systematically; but I was not the best student because of my weakness in math. However, I discovered my true passion and strength in human-computer interaction as a track of IE. It feels like the destiny calls: I got to combine my interest in design with my background in engineering, AND to achieve my ultimate goal of making people's lives easier.
After graduation I decided to continue to learn more about HCI. I got in the MS-HCI program at Georgia tech, where I leveled up my design skills and pushed boundaries in the field of persuasive technology through a two-year research project. I almost ended up being a user researcher; but I couldn't give up the joy of crafting beautiful things. So here I am, a happy product designer who sometimes does research a little bit of coding!
2. What is your favorite part in a design process?
Understanding the users and building empathy.
3. What are you good at?
Adapting to a new environment, learning new technologies, and sleeping tight.
4. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Beijing, a city that boasts thousands of years of history yet is still evolving rapidly. It has taught me to always embrace changes and dream big.
5. What are you currently up to?
I'm working on some interesting ecommerce challenges with my awesome team at Wish.
6. What do like to do off work?
Cuddling with my bunny (and posting on her instgram); Playing ukulele; People-watching at coffee shops; Cooking and binge watching Netflix with my boyfriend.
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