My name is Yumeng Ji. I’m an Interaction Designer based in New York. I’m also a diligent thinker who is fascinated by human behaviors and thoughts. I believe in living in the moment instead of worrying about the future or the past. I design experiences and products that focus on the essential needs of people, and solve complex problems with simplicity and empathy.
I’m now a student in the Interaction Design program at School of Visual Arts. But before I became a designer, I was an anchor at an internet radio station in China. I ran a program called “Enjoy Music Reading” where I read articles and introduced authors. It was a really fun experience for me because I had to read aloud the articles with expression to bring out the author's emotions. I thought deeply about the best tone to bring vivid stories to my audiences. It pushed me to try to fathom the author’s thoughts, and put me into the scenarios they created. This experience taught me empathy — the concern for other people’s thoughts, and how they change from person to person.
Upon arriving in New York, I got fascinated by street photography. I always try to catch the natural, fun, awkward, or beautiful moments in people’s lives. I gradually realized how obsessed I was about humans and their interactions with objects and environments.
In 2015, I enrolled in a UX design training program at General Assembly. I became absorbed by the process of finding and solving problems, discovering how design can shape people’s lives and stimulate human intelligence. It was a turning point in my career. I realized that interaction design is where my passion lies.
After that, I spent one year in startup companies as a user experience designer, which exposed me to a multitude of design work. It led to a great deal of thought about what good design is and how it can better benefit people’s lives.
Kenya Hara is a design master I admire. His design emphasizes the function and availability of materials, removing excess modification. He inspired me to think that good design is when the experience is so intuitive that the underlying design cannot be perceived by the user.
The nature of design is the shaping of life and human behavior. Designers create tools, mediums, and experiences that help people better communicate with their lives. My dream is to become a design master like Kenya Hara, and redefine humans’ attitude towards life. I want to design experiences and products that focus on the essential needs of people, and solve complex problems with simplicity and empathy.