Sneaker Lover, & Explorer
Hi, I’m a Product Designer with extensive experience working in Start Up environments, designing and scaling products. I’m able to take products and features from ideation to market due to my multidisciplinary design skillset. When I’m not designing thoughtful products or crafting beautiful brand identities, I love exploring the PNW & shooting wildlife/ nature photography.
Seattle, WA (Currently)
Experience & Achievements
Product Design • Vancouver, BC • 2010-2011
★ Adobe Behance: Packaging Design Served
Vitamin Water Packaging • 2012
Design Director • Chicago, IL 2012-2013
★ Adobe Behance: Website Served
Reppio Web App • 2014
★ LogoLounge 8
Vancouver Korean Presbyterian Church Logo • 2014
Co-Founder & Design Instructor • Chicago, IL • 2013- 2018
Senior Designer • Chicago, IL • 2013- 2014
Product Designer • Chicago, IL • 2014-2016
Product Design Lead • Chicago, IL • 2016-2018
★ LogoLounge 10
Old Chicago Brewery Co Logo • 2017
Creative Director & Committee Member • Chicago, IL • 2017-2018
✍︎ DESIGNATION Labs Acquired by FlatIron Schools/ WeWork
Senior Product Design Lead • Seattle • 2018- Present
What People Say About Me
"JJ, by far, is the most experienced and skilled UI/UX designer I have had the privilege to work alongside. His ability to concisely define the user experience and produce the graphical interfaces/flows to produce his vision is uncanny. Bundle that up with his passion for keeping up with trends in the industry and work ethic; it's no wonder he is so highly sought and recommended. If given the chance, I would gladly work with him again."
"The only thing that might outshine JJ's passion for design may be his dedication and commitment toward his students. JJ was an incredible instructor and mentor who’s influenced me to always push my boundaries. I always left his lectures feeling inspired and thinking how I can better myself (or the world!) as a young designer. I’ve relied on his knowledge and expertise many times for feedback—he always made time for his students and knows how to give great constructive critiques that have proven to be truly valuable many times over. I’ve seen my visual design work before JJ and after JJ--and it’s obvious that his influence and feedback has allowed me to grow so much in such a short time period. Thanking JJ a million times over wouldn’t be enough!"
"JJ’s excellence is fueled by his insatiable curiosity. As a designer, JJ’s UX know-how is matched by his ability to bring product interactions to life with aesthetic qualities that make interfaces beautiful and effortless. His ability to see the whole product as an experiential composition affords him the ability to infuse an emotional ethos into his work that results in a more compelling and engaging product experience. As a contributor and teammate, JJ is trustworthy, reliable, and selfless. As a leader, JJ is magnanimous, encouraging, and constructive in his technical instruction. Most importantly, JJ cares about others and he cares deeply about the work he does. He is compassionate, humble, and sincere. If you have the opportunity to work with JJ, I’d highly recommend that you do."
"It’s rare to come across a standout talent like JJ. I had the pleasure of working with him on several projects at Reppio, and he took me under his wing as I began my design career. During our time together, I marveled at JJ’s ability to juggle multiple initiatives with extremely tight deadlines. He also educated our team on the importance of making useful, usable, and desirable products. His efforts made a dramatic difference in delivering a beautiful product that focused on meeting the needs our target market. And, of course, JJ always found ways to inspire and motivate our team. JJ would be a true asset to any team requiring forward thinking and leadership, and he comes with my highest recommendation. "
"JJ is an incredible designer. Super talented, skilled, dependable, reliable, no ego, engaged in his work and the team. All around he is a super guy to work with and I hope that I get the opportunity to work with JJ again in the future. He is also just a great guy through and through. Very privileged to have worked with him but even more important glad I can now call him a friend. "
"I was fortunate enough to study visual design under JJ at DESIGNATION Labs. JJ's commitment to helping students achieve their potential rivals his skill as a designer. I've rarely seen teachers with more dedication or patience. He gives freely of his time to work one on one with students and his passion for design is contagious. I can't say I'd have been able to make as much progress as quickly as I have without his mentorship. Having a great teacher like JJ has made all the difference."