I'm Emi.

I'm an Interaction and Product Designer. I like tough problems, optimizing processes, and making things that work well. Currently working on next gen products as a UX Designer at Cisco.

Someone once asked me what I wanted to do. I told them I just wanted to "make really good, cool stuff."

I like to think that this is still true.

2018
UX Designer (Cisco)

Currently working as a UX Designer at Cisco on top secret products. Originally helped create and launch an intent-based, enterprise networking platform called DNA Center in my first six months

2017
Masters of Human-Computer Interaction and Design

Graduated from the University of Washington from their MHCI+D Program.


Ran my first half marathon!
First Place at Adobe's Creative Jam for UX
2016
Web Designer (University of Washington)

Keep MHCI+D website and content up to date. Design and create new pages as necessary. Work with administration to define user needs and content

Print Magazine Award

Recognized for brand work done at ripe for the Washington Project for the Arts

2015
First sourdough starter

Started making bread, and I think it might have changed my life

2014
Designer (B Creative Group)

Hired at B Creative Group to design products for local and global clients such as Johns Hopkins University and Kao Beauty Care. Print, web, social, digital, brand, video, and environmental work featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, and Elle.

2013
Designer (ripe)

Hired at ripe to lead their print department. Created Print, environmental, web, & promotional collateral. Oversee the branding process, project manage, hire and direct studio interns.

BFA in Graphic Design and Art History

Graduated summa cum laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a double major in Graphic Design and Art History and a minor in Theatre.

2012
Exhibition Design Intern (Smithonian American Art Museum)
Design Intern (Globe Poster)
Design Intern (I Love Neon/Neon Productions)
1991-2012
Singapore, Final Fantasy VII, Milan, Houston, Ventura, bass guitar, way too much metal music, growing up in Tokyo, and lots more.