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Ten Minutes with: Jackson Chu

This week, as part of our A10 campaign, we introduce you to UX designer Jackson Chu. He stumbled into design in college, and boy, aren’t we glad he did!

What are the five words that people would use to describe you?

Kindhearted, empathetic, determined, grounded (except when I dance), and Beyoncé.

When did you know that you wanted to be a UX designer? 

It was really more of a process of elimination as I figured out what I didn’t want to be, but it all started freshman year in college, when I discovered this thing called Human Computer Interaction that married technology and design. Also, I realized that HCI will allow me to graduate with a double major for the price of one. That sounded like a good deal. I love a good deal.

What is in your notebook?

My personal notebooks (digital and physical) are often full of bad ideas for restaurant names – “Meat me there” and “Brothell” are the top contenders right now. (I also wouldn’t be surprised if these restaurants already exist.)

What is the thing (product, service, etc.) that you would die to design? Why?

I’m probably the furthest thing from a “car person,” but it’s always been a dream to design an electric vehicle. Because future.

What advice would you give to your 10 year old self?

Keep doing what you do best. Be 10 years old, be curious, be spontaneous, because in a few years’ time, staying 10 will be the hardest thing to do.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?

Mars. I hope I live to see that day. Space dreams aside, I hope I’m still designing and building something, specifically for education and/or healthcare.

What would people never guess about you?

If you catch me after a few drinks, there’s probably nothing you can’t guess about me. I’m pretty much an open book, albeit not the most coherent book.

What is your favorite Artefact project and why?

One of my favorite projects at Artefact is the SCHARP DataSpace. It’s both inspiring and assuring to see that design can play a role in advancing scientific discoveries. When technology is positioned and leveraged in the right way, with the right outcome in mind, it can have enormously meaningful impact.

What are you afraid of?

Bees. I got stung in the face once, and that wasn’t fun. This video is my nightmare.

Where do you go/what do you do for inspiration?

I love traveling by foot (a.k.a. walking). I find that there’s so much opportunity for inspiration when you’re forced to experience the world at a pace that is in contrast to the modern lifestyle.