Three Apple Memoji avatars with laptops
Three Apple Memoji avatars with laptops

Years ago in high school, I walked into the WWDC conference lobby in Moscone West just out of curiosity. I spent a lot of my free time in downtown San Francisco, and thought I’d might as well check it out with a friend. I had no business being there, but as an Apple fan, I couldn’t help but feel excited and curious. Though I didn’t know I’d enter into a product design career at the time, I guess you can say it’s been a dream of mine for a while to attend.

However, with it being all virtual and free this year for obvious reasons, looks like that dream will have to wait. Nevertheless, Apple did not fail to disappoint and has undoubtedly set a new bar for virtual conferences. …


How understanding code can make you a better designer

A common question that is often asked by aspiring designers on campus is: do I need to learn how to code? When programming is asked of us in courses on interaction design and information architecture, the development of our projects are often left up to the computer science student in the group. In short, there is typically a fine line between developer and designer, and rarely do students venture off into the opposite realm. This unfortunately is the way our industry is structured. Search any job board on the internet, and you’ll quickly find that positions in both fields are siloed, leaving students to choose between design or development. …


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Discovering the intersection of design and development

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As a Computer Science major at UC San Diego, I found myself drifting away from becoming a pure coding developer. While the challenges presented were both interesting and complex, figuring the solutions to these problems became less and less rewarding. I enjoyed the thrill of making software work, yet immersing myself in algorithms and data structures felt mundane and abstracted from reality. I began to supplement my coursework with design classes and immediately fell in love with the human-centered process. From research to testing, there was an empathetic aspect to design that I was desperately missing in my curriculum.

With a passion for coding and an eagerness to design, where does someone like me deliver value in the industry?

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Ed Ngai

Product Designer, Mobile @salesforceux. Former UX Engineer.

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