We firmly believe that diversity in experience makes for the strongest UX, and Blue brings us exactly that. With a background in graphic design, branding, and visual communication design, Blue brings a unique perspective on why and how design is more than just aesthetics. Clearly a UXer at heart, he decided to strengthen that holistic view on user-driven design by pursuing his graduate degree studying design strategy and research at IIT Institute of Design. Lucky for us, the next step in this journey led him to join the TC team, and we couldn’t be more delighted to have him!
Alright enough of our praise and excitement. Let’s allow the man to speak for himself…
Tell us something interesting about your hometown.
Cebu has several of the best beaches in the Philippines. Fine white sands and rich blue waters. I guess that might be the reason why I’m not a big fan of beaches anymore. Nothing can compare.
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? (sorry, everyone has to answer this)
Ooooh a hard one. Why can’t I be a hybrid mutant? Half elephant, half hamster, full awesome! Imagine the tiny body of an elephant and the head of a giant hamster. Cute!
What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Stewed kamaru (mole cricket). My aunt dared me back in college to eat an entire bowl for P500 (PHP) or $10 (USD) equivalent. I was in college. I needed money.
What did you want to be when growing up?
This is a bit cheesy but I wanted to be a doctor. Being from a medical family, that has always been my choice growing up then I did a year in pre-med and I hated it. I’m now a designer.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Israel was amazing! Seeing all the historical sights was breathtaking.
What’s your most overused word/phrase?
Doody. That’s the name of one of our dogs and the answer to all questions. Doody.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
Despite my stuttering problem, I love to sing. I used to be the lead vocalist in a number of bands in the Philippines.
Describe what you were like at age 10.
I was a rowdy and naughty kid. I loved playing pranks on my siblings… Come to think of it, I still do.
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
Into the Blue
What is your favorite childhood memory?
I will always remember this. I was around 6 or 7. Riding in the back seat of our car, with my mom in the passenger seat and my dad driving, I put my hands on their shoulders and say, “I am very happy right now.”