My experience and portfolio
I was most recently a junior designer at a Tokyo-based startup called BizReach (English article). I worked on web product design with senior designers and wrote lots of frontend code. I was also a design instructor for engineer onboarding.
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.
At my last company, 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)
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)
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 :)
P.S. I was the top model for Ashinari, the largest stock photo site in Japan. The photos of me on this page are royalty free. I've built a showcase for my model photos here.
My Favorite Tech Events
If you see me at an event, please say hi. I'd love to chat with you too!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more on Medium: My Adventure as a UI Designer: From Tokyo, Japan to Vancouver, BC (Twitter Roundup).