Mingxiao Hu - User Experience Designer
Hello! My name is Mingxiao, or you can call me Owen. I am a new-grad from Cornell University with a background in interaction design, user research, and data science. Welcome to my portfolio website, a space that documents my footsteps of making this world a slightly better place.
2020 was an unpredictable and challenging year. With all the support from my family, mentors, and friends, I graduated from Cornell University's Information Science program in December. Stepping into 2021, this marks the sixth year of my life as a user experience practitioner, and I'm enjoying this creative yet meticulous career path. Coming from a diverse background, I can discover and understand the needs in both user experience and business perspectives, and bring well-polished solutions to fulfill those needs. My past working experience in the consumer electronics industry enhanced my understanding of the agile methodology and iterative design process. I embrace this rapid working style because it allows me to constantly refine my works, and cross-department collaboration sets a solid foundation for successful products. Outside the design world, I enjoy hip-hop/urban dancing, archery, and building mechanical keyboards. These activities bring liveliness to my life and make me a more robust human being.
The global pandemic has brought not only life tragedies but also an extra burden on people's mental health. Under this "new normal," I witnessed new frustrations and needs throughout my user research programs in 2020. My current works focus on mental health and work-from-home support, especially toward the students and young professionals from Generation Z. As a responsible user experience designer, I realize that design can go beyond providing a tool to a problem; I'm also establishing a "companionship" between a tool and its users. What are the emotions people can generate while interacting with these tools? How to influence my users positively with respect? These are the new questions I'm trying to answer.
2019 - 2020
Cornell University, Information Science
Master of Professional Studies, GPA: 4.0
2012 - 2017
University of Washington, Human Centered Design & Engineering
Bachelor of Science, GPA: 3.3
Honor & Certificate
Applied AI Professional, IBM, Coursera Online Certificate
Graphic Design Specialization, CalArts, Coursera Online Certificate
Rookie of the Year, OnePlus
Rookie of the Year, OnePlus Design Division
China Patent: ASP191112582SZ
UI/UX Design Intern, OneLab at OnePlus NA
2018 - 2019
User Experience Designer, OnePlus
2018 - 2019
Data Protection Commissioner, OnePlus
User Experience Design Intern, Belkin International Inc.
User Experience Design, ML model training, Cornell InfoSci
User Experience Design, Ithaca Sciencenter
User Experience Design, KLOA
User Experience Design, ML model training, Google + UW HCDE