I'm Larry Tian, a UX and Product Designer with 4 years of experience and a background in HCI research and data science. I recently graduated from the University of Washington's Master of Human-Computer Interaction + Design program.
Prior to the program, I partnered with companies like Computing ReApplied, Microsoft and Masterworks, experiencing the synergy of design, coding, and data in creating transformative products. Equipped with a broad skillset, I excel in handling uncertainties and am passionate about designing experiences that go beyond screens to meet real user needs.
How I design
The "principles" I use to guide my design decisions
Other than being a designer
I am also…
a coffee addict
a tennis player (newbie)
Experiences that shaped who I am
Shifted away from my dream of becoming an aerospace engineer
After taking a year of physics classes at UW, I realized that my dreams were more "down-to-earth" than I thought…
Discovered the field of HCI
I discovered the opportunity to solve real-world problems involving people I care about; it almost felt like love at first sight.
Became a Teaching assistant lead in UX Design
I guided my students through the design process in the hopes of passing on some of that HCI magic to them :)
First time winning a hackathon as the UX/UI design Lead
Pulling my first all-nighter and clinching a win against 200+ teams was definitely something I am proud of.
Software Engineer Intern at Coachable
Coding is my secret weapon to evaluate the feasibility of my design and effectively communicate it with engineers.
UX Design Lead for Microsoft-Sponsored Project
I teamed up with Microsoft employees to craft carbon-conscious cloud apps, my debut into impactful societal design.
UX Design Lead for MasterWorks-sponsored project
I extracted key insights from internal interviews and took the lead in designing, front-end developing, and launching Masterwork's first internal client management tool.
Jun 2021 - Aug 2022
UX Designer at Computing ReApplied
Here, I shaped onboarding user flows, crafted data visuals, led the UX design system, and made decisions blending business and design insights.
Expanding my thinking & design skillset at UW
I decided to join masters at UW to deepen my my HCI fundamentals and refine my design ethos. My goal is to become a critical thinker, emphasizing holistic experiences over mere screen interfaces.
First time co-authoring a paper and winning CHI'23 Best Paper Award
This was a significant milestone in my HCI research career.
MY NEXT JOURNEY AT…
I am excited to see where this journey takes me!