What did you study in college?
Major – B.S. Visual Communications
Minor – Business Accounting
What got you into design?
Synopsis: Brother gave me Photoshop 5.0 and it was life changing
Detail: I’ve always loved creating things and the earliest memory I can recall was when I was either in kindergarten or elementary school when Pokémon just came out and I was completely obsessed with Pikachu and Togepi – so much I wanted to “animate” them myself. So I did this by redrawing each character, cutting them out, pasting them on popsicle sticks, created a backdrop with a sleeve to insert the puppets into and created my own scenarios with the two characters interacting.
Fast-forward to middle school, my brother, Jimmy, gave me a copy of Adobe Photoshop 5.0 and I was automatically hooked. I looked up hundreds of tutorials online through forums and was self-taught until my senior year of high school (briefly) and then in college. Around that time, I also discovered online gaming (MMORPG to be specific) and embedded myself in the forum community and started creating forum signatures for anyone interested as a hobby. Even when I didn’t game, I’d stick around and continue building signatures.
Come high-school, I was part of a group called the Industrial Design Outreach (iDo) where college students from SF State came in twice a week to work with high school students to build a community bench. Students go from sketch on paper > vector outline on computer > hand cut and gluing wood together. Our bench was donated to the SF Mayor’s office. It was during this experience, I pushed myself towards the possibility of learning design in school because I initially had the intention of majoring accounting instead.
The final test came during my 3rd year in college when I had to speak with an advisor and they told me it was impossible to double-major accounting and design so I ultimately had to major one and minor the other.
What made you interested in tech?
Synopsis: Photoshop and gaming
Detail: I wasn’t always intuitive with computers until I started learning Photoshop and gaming. During my junior year of high school, I wanted to get a new computer since my existing one was slowly dying and Tommy introduced me to the world of PC building. He gave recommendations and helpful resources to start from and then I’d do the research, pick parts and get feedback. I used to own a whiteboard and it’d be filled with PC parts, their specs and prices. When it came time to build, Tommy provided a lot of verbal instructions while I did most of the assembling but where it was tricky, he’d step in so it was a very interactive and educational experience. Unfortunately, my first build didn’t come without mishaps – this was also back in 2008-2009 and PC building wasn’t as big as it is now and it was still partially new to my brother as well. We ran into lots of BSODs, instant restarts, RMAs and all that fun stuff and it went on for the next year or so until I got a stable system. With that and annual Black Friday research for tech deals, I was pretty well-versed in computer hardware. Later on, Tommy introduced me to Tech Youtubers (or TechTubers) and started following a handful of them. Since then I’ve gone through various system upgrades and even improved my overall room setup as a result.
Do you have a motto?
If you want to get something done, do it yourself.
Destiny’s Child – Independent Women Part 1 is my mantra.
Do you have a nickname?
If you could live anywhere else besides San Francisco, where would it be?