Hi! My name is Yunyi.
I translate insights into design that is
desirable, feasible, and viable.

 
 

 

 

I am currently designing enterprise software at Clari. This is my story.

I started my career in industrial design. My undergraduate education focused on physical products and human-centered design. It allowed me to think about the relationship between human and designed objects, processes, services, and their systems. In my professional practices, I designed consumer and commercial electronic products, I also worked on design research and strategy products. I learnt about the processes of designing and making products, as well as communicating with multidisciplinary team.

As my understanding of design expands and deepens, it went beyond physical products. Designed systems and design research fascinated me. I wanted to do user experience and service design.

I went to Master of Design program at College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at University of Cincinnati to learn from Craig Vogel and Mike Zender. My work there involved creating a consumer focused IoT system that helps small households reduce food waste; research and propose service offerings for Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital; experimenting graphic language and data visualization via code.

Most importantly, I find myself discovering the world of complexity. I was fortunate to work with Cancer and Blood Disease Institute (CBDI) at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). The project is to bring cancer calendars online. Cancer calendar is a customized treatment plan prepared by care managers. Making it electronic will streamline the process and allow easier access by stakeholders. Utilizing ethnographic research approaches, I was able to filter down use cases around the key problems. I also worked closely with physicians, care managers, patients, and families to determine what kind of features are most important and what are nice-to-haves, as well as the optimal information architecture. Before actually designing things, I already knew that I am designing the right thing and it will have a wide impact.

I also played an important role in the research of making decision aids for a kind of genetic testing called Whole Exome Sequencing (WES). I was able to draw insights by facilitating the conversations between researchers and families, and design paper based and digital solutions fulfilling the unique informational and emotional needs. This project became the foundation for me to explore the relationship between prior knowledge and navigation structure as my thesis topic.

After graduation, I joined Clari as the third product designer to fulfill my craving for taming complexity. My research experiences and interaction designs skills contribute to the design efforts at Clari that solves sales visibility and forecasting issues. 

When I'm not designing, I enjoy trying all kinds of food, and creating some out of my own experiences and stories. I can also be somewhere in the woods since north Cal is such a perfect place for outdoors.