Hi, I'm Meng.

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It is my second nature to start with thoughtful research and create solutions with both user needs and business needs in mind.

In my previous life, I was an anthropologist, perpetually asking "naïve" questions in an attempt to understand human interactions in their own context. These days I am in the field of digital world and asking probing questions to users in order to understand their needs and pains in their own course of actions.

My time away from academia was spent in customer facing industries - retail, food, and non-profit business development - and is where I learned how inefficient, poorly-designed interface could cost the business and productivity. I found myself advocating for better understanding of the users and coming up with creative solutions to save time, money and headache. I was "accidentally" pushed into user-centered design, aka, UX.

I'm based in Alberta, Canada, but originally from Wuhan, a city known for its heat and breakfast before the 2020 pandemic. Influenced by my art-loving parents, I was taught sketching and drawing, perspectives and the magic of light. I still find my sanctuary with a pen and paper these days, while Figma has become my new happy place.

I find UX design is a sweet spot where I can enjoy both the discipline of research and the creativity of design.

On the weekends, you can find me digging up soil in a community garden, hitting a local coffee shop, baking a loaf of bread, or relentlessly rearranging and organizing my home.

Currently (re)reading

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"Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell."

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