Hi, I'm Suelyn.
I am a product manager and designer with a background in user experience design, behavioral science, and engineering. I am especially passionate about solving problems in the sustainability, education, and civic spaces.
Currently, I'm a product manager at the edtech startup Chalk Schools in San Francisco. Previously, I worked for Hillary for America, Opower, and frog design and taught at the California College of Arts. In my spare time I enjoy writing, speaking, and oil painting. If you are in the market for some art, I'm selling my paintings for the National Resource Defense Council.
Feel free to drop me a line at suelyn dot yu at gmail dot com.
One of the responsibilities of a design manager is deciding what projects your designers work on. To be as collaborative and transparent as possible, I shared my staffing principles with my team.
“71% of millennials report that meaningful work is among the three most important factors defining career success, while 30% believe it is the most critical factor.” *
If the most important thing is doing meaningful work, how does one go about finding that?
Have you ever left a design critique feeling defeated and less excited about your work? Or frustrated because you didn’t get the type of feedback you were looking for?
Learn how to run more effective design critiques that: (1) Provide useful feedback to improve the design (2) Leaves you feeling revitalized and excited to improve the design
It’s good to read sage advice from designers, but I think the most important thing to remember is this: You have less than 2 minutes to make your impression.
It’s tough to evaluate UX designers. User experience encompasses a lot of different skills, and as a relatively new field, there isn’t a shared understanding.
Many interviewers just go with their gut instinct, and as with all subjective decision-making, our innate biases can unintentionally influence our choices. To counter this, researchers recommend developing structured criteria across all interviews to make more accurate evaluations.
As a UX design manager at Opower, one of the most common questions I’m asked is: How do I become a UX designer?
To help answer this question, I’ve been collecting online resources and stories — and now I’d like to share them with you