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I'm a UI/UX designer.
Get in touch with me at cwd @ clementwu.com.

Companies I've Designed For

In no particular order: The New York Times, The Economist, The Economist x Microsoft, The Nation, The New Republic, Victoria's Secret, Spiegel, Macy's, Condé Nast, Martin+Osa, The State of Texas, SiriusXM, Neuberger Berman, TheStreet.com, Morgan Stanley, The Princeton Review, the School of Visual Arts, NYU, Harvard x MIT, the City University of New York, Ordrx, and others.

Education

School of Visual Arts, MFA in Design
Harvard College, A.B. in Economics
General Assembly, User Experience Design
The Columbia Publishing Course (formerly Radcliffe), Publishing

I also learn from books I read on my own time, the internet2, and talking and working with people. Learning is a lifelong pursuit.

2 This is the closest we have to something from The Matrix. If you don't know something, from how to play a minor blues scale on the guitar to how to cut a pomegranate, just look it up and you'll have the knowledge, sometimes within minutes. I still can't get over how neat this is.

Tools

Sketch: Wireframes; interface and sequential design such as products with multiple screens
Photoshop: Image editing, color exploration, and general design
Illustrator: Making and editing vector graphics like icons and logos
OmniGraffle: Sitemaps (I also may use Illustrator for this depending on the situation)
InVision: Interactive prototypes
Brackets / TextWrangler: Writing HTML/CSS (For this site I also used Foundation's responsive framework with custom styles and formatting added by me)
JSFiddle: Testing, troubleshooting, or learning short bits of client side code
InDesign: Custom, multi-page document design with graphics (example: writing documentation)
Google Docs and Sheets: General writing and tracking
Google Drive: Sharing files for review
Transmit: FTP (Been using this for ages. It's made by a small company in Portland. Support them!)

Also, Google Hangouts and Skype for remote user interviews, OptimalSort for card sorting, QuickTime Pro for screen recording and extremely basic video editing such as cutting clips, the excellent After Effects for motion based storytelling, and, of course, Sharpies for sketching.


My Journey
Musashi

Art and writing > Economics and sociology > Journalism > Web Production > Design (web, interface, branding, instructional) > Now

A common interest throughout my adult life, from my study of economics and sociology in college to journalism and design after, is a fascination with people: how they behave and what they think. In college, for example, I did a research paper on why on campus Asian dance parties at different schools somehow all played the same music. And when I was conducting user interviews for a mobile app I was reminded of interviews I did as an aspiring journalist. In both cases the end product was not about me; my goal was to unearth insights about the people with whom I was speaking or a particular subject. In journalism, it was the notion of uncovering The Truth. In user experience design it's less romantic but in both cases I'd start with a plan but would adjust my questioning based on what the subject says. Both activities entail listening closely, not leading the subject, and ultimately representing that person's, or persons', stories, with both accuracy and truth.

Illustration: The swordsman Miyamoto Musashi by Takehiko Inoue

Influences
Bladerunner

U2 for their passion and intelligence; The Cure for their beautiful lyrics, like poetry. Bruce Lee. Pharrell. Theodore Roethke. Nicholson Baker. Hamlet. The opening paragraphs of Lolita. The New York Times Magazine. Bladerunner. Miami Vice. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. John Woo. Duran Duran videos. Aeon Flux. Robotech: The Macross Saga. Matt Wagner’s Mage: A Hero Discovered. James O’Barr’s The Crow. Sho Fumimura and Ryoichi Ikegami’s Sanctuary. Picasso. Edward Hopper. Jackson Pollock. The Stenberg Brothers. Ashley Wood. Michael Lau. Santa Inoue. Adrian Tomine. Joshua Davis. Andy Warhol and pop art. Video games. The military. Feudal Japan. The mythic Old West. New York City. Paris. Tokyo. Fashion designers, flamenco dancers, samurai, and the Mods of 1960s London…to name a few.

Photograph: Still from Bladerunner

Creative Inspiration
The Edge

U2's guitarist The Edge, who embodies both brain thinking.

After a trip to Central America in 1986, his singer Bono, aghast at the horrors he saw and the stories he heard, asked Edge to "put El Salvador through (his) amplifier." This was the music he came up with.

Photograph: Screenshot from "The Fly" (U2)


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