Before transitioning into UX design, I worked as a sales representative for six years. As I listened to feedback for the products that I intended to sell, I realized I wanted to create products and work on making them better for the people using them.
To learn how to build products, I immersed myself in UX coursework, articles, podcasts, and books. I’m most interested in design roles where I can design solutions to problems as a product designer and be creative with user interface interactions.
Life outside of design: I come from a big Filipino family and originally grew up in Hawaii. In my free time, I love watching competitive cooking shows, playing board games like Settlers of Catan, and babysitting my 3-year old nephew.
(Jan 2021 - Present)
USAA - San Antonio, TX/Remote
Update interface design for a customer-facing tool to utilize new design system. Conduct usability tests for new version. Sync and document Sketch library components for an internal management tool. Meet with team daily in Agile ceremonies.
Group Critique Facilitator
(Mar 2021 - Present)
Designlab - Remote
Host critique sessions for UX students and provide design feedback for capstone projects. Provide resources and examples to further students' design education.
Visual Designer / UI Designer
(Aug 2020 - February 2021)
StreamCaptain - Remote
Help with visual design and UI design work for their game - StreamRaiders. Weekly posts for social media marketing, iterating on Game UI and presentation deck designs.
Digital Marketing Consultant
(Sep 2019 - April 2020)
RevLocal - San Antonio, TX
Met with local businesses to sell digital marketing services. Helped small business owners understand SEO and paid advertising. Provided retail photography for client websites.
Yearbook Sales Representative
(Aug 2014 - May 2019)
Walsworth Yearbooks - Los Angeles, CA
Serviced over 50 schools by teaching graphic design, journalism, photography and printing principles. Sold publishing services and doubled my territory in two years.
- Top New Orders in 2017 & 2018
- Top 10 New Volume in 2017 with $121,000
- Sales Growth Achievement Award in 2018
(Jan 2013 - Mar 2014)
CanWe Studios - Austin, TX
Produced marketing materials such as business cards, e-mail templates and infographics. Created a bus wrap design for promotional efforts at the SXSW festival in 2013 and 2014. Sponsors for bus included Shiner Beer, Dr. Dre Beats and Zico.
DesignLab - UX Academy
(Sept - Dec 2020)
440+ hours of user experience coursework
The University of Texas at Austin
(Aug 2010 - Dec 2013)
Bachelor of Science of Advertising
Red McCombs School of Business
Business Foundations Accreditation
After 21 sessions with new designers, I wrote about how everything was formatted and my new insights on design learning disciplines.
While creating content for my social profiles with these challenges, Adobe XD's Twitter account took notice and also shared my work.
Years of working as a sales representative helped me gain soft skills that I can utilize daily as a product designer.