Mingxiao Hu - User Experience Designer

My Journey

Recent Focus

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. 

Education

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

2020

Applied AI Professional, IBM, Coursera Online Certificate

2020

Graphic Design Specialization, CalArts, Coursera Online Certificate

2019

Rookie of the Year, OnePlus

2019

Rookie of the Year, OnePlus Design Division

2019

China Patent: ASP191112582SZ

Experience

2020

UI/UX Design Intern, OneLab at OnePlus NA

2018 - 2019

User Experience Designer, OnePlus

2018 - 2019

Data Protection Commissioner, OnePlus

2016

User Experience Design Intern, Belkin International Inc.

​Project

Contact Me

2020

2019

2017

2017

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

Thanks for your interest!