My experience and portfolio
I was most recently a UI Developer at a Vancouver-based startup called Istuary Innovation Group. I worked on web product design with senior designers and wrote lots of frontend code. I also made my own CSS framework and became an instructor for other engineers in the company.
I've also worked on open source frontend projects, taught online frontend courses and spoken at coding-related events. For my open source projects, I've tried to craft the best possible developer UX. As a result, my projects have received lots of stars on GitHub.
Actcat is making a code reviewing service called SideCI, and supporting engineers to write clean and maintainable code. I’m currently working as a product designer, and work full-time from my place in Canada. (September 2016 -)
Istuary is Canada’s largest technology incubation platform. I was in the team which makes HR systems, and worked on front-end design (Sketch) and coding (HTML/CSS). (August 2015 - August 2016)
ResumeCards is a Markdown based resume generator. It looks great on mobile/desktop and can be saved as PDF. (January 2015)
Like Font Awesome, but for Twitter Emoji. Works with Emoji Cheat Sheet. (November 2014)
Shiori is a Bootstrap-based Jekyll theme. It looks great by default, but you can customize it easily. (September 2014)
Ladies Learning Code is a non-profit organization which runs beginner-friendly tech education programs for women. I’m a mentor for its HTML/CSS workshops. (February 2015 –)
Code & Coffee Meetup is Vancouver's local programming meetup. I was a speaker in Febraury 2015 and talked about how I marketed my open source projects. The video/slides can be found here. (February 2015)
In January 2015, I started a podcast where I talk about design, coding, and my daily life in Vancouver. (January 2015)
I was an organizer and the keynote speaker at the inaugural Women Who Code event in Tokyo. I spoke about how I learned to code, in front of ~20 female programmers. (July 2014)
At Bizreach, I wrote the majority of frontend code for BizReach Woman, a job site specifically for female business executives in Japan. I also did a little bit of UX/graphic design. (May 2014)
I was a lecturer at Schoo, Japan’s leading online education platform. I designed and taught a bi-weekly class on HTML/CSS. On every lecture, I did live coding and there were ~500 live viewers. (March 2014)
I recorded HTML/CSS tutorial screencasts on YouTube in Japanese. For beginning coders, I showed how to "sketch" Wikipedia.org using HTML/CSS. This led to my speaking opportunity at Schoo. (January 2014)
I went from being a saleswoman in Japan to a design/coding lady in Canada. Here's my story.
I was born in Phillippines and raised in Kanagawa, Japan. After graduating from Gakushuin Women's College with a Marketing degree in 2012, I started working at a payment startup in Tokyo as a sales associate.
But I've always loved to express myself and be creative, and I wasn't quite satisfied with my job. So after a year, I decided to pursue a completely different career in UI design.
Shortly afterwards, I left my job. I flew to Silicon Valley where my boyfriend at the time lived and learned coding and design from him for 3 months. I focused on becoming really good at HTML/CSS, because I thought it'd be hard to compete on graphic design skills without a formal design/art background.
I fell in love with frontend coding, and the community around it. During my stay in the U.S., I attended the inaugural CSSConf in Florida. I was shocked by how everybody is really excited about the field, loves to share what they know, and cares about each other in the community. I made it my goal to one day speak at a big international frontend conference.
Eventually I came back to Japan, and in Fall 2013, I became a junior product designer at BizReach, a Tokyo-based startup. I also started teaching HTML/CSS online and speaking at local events.
After working in Tokyo for almost a year, I attended CSSConf again, this time in Berlin. I knew a lot more about CSS, so I was able to chat with attendees and make friends. I then decided it's time for me to move on and pursue my dream of working abroad. I packed my stuff and moved to Vancouver, Canada in Fall 2014.
I came right when Startup Weekend Vancouver was happening. I jumped in as a designer, and our team had received the second place. Since then, I've been enjoying my adventure in Vancouver, learning tons and making lots of friends along the way :)
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In Fall 2014, I left my job in Tokyo and moved to Vancouver, Canada for new challenges. If you want to chat, say hi at email@example.com.
Read more on Medium: My Adventure as a UI Designer: From Tokyo, Japan to Vancouver, BC (Twitter Roundup).