Hello my name is Abby Tiongco! 
I am a UX/UI Designer specializing in research from the Bay Area with strong human-centric expertise and an obsession for understanding people to make enjoyable experiences happen.
While in college, I earned a B.S. in industrial-organizational psychology. At that time, I enjoyed learning about team dynamics, creativity, and workplace wellness, etc.  Sometime during my junior year of college, I decided to take a Human Factors and Ergonomics class and a Computer Science class for electives credit. In both classes, I learned a little bit about user experience design and a light bulb lit up in my mind. I enjoyed learning about how the design of technology, such as the visual aspect and the cognitive aspect affects the way people experience the product.
I was set on learning more about User Experience however I unexpectedly had my son. From there I set aside user experience design to learn more about Child Development and had worked in various professional roles in education. In spite of that, when I heard of opportunities related to user experience I took it. I was delighted when an education nonprofit that I was volunteering for mentioned sign-ups for Design Thinking for educators. I took the workshop at the D.School and got my first dip into Design Thinking and the gift-giving experience. 
Many things happened along the way. Fast forward to the COVID-19 pandemic. I decided to do something for myself. I searched for different programs and found Thinkful to be a match.  
During my time taking Thinkful’s UX/ UI Design coursework. I learned how to conduct user research using surveys and interviews to develop personas. Create empathy maps, journey maps to gain insight into the various user touchpoints. With the users in mind and including business requirements, I learned how to use that insight on developing a site map, to wireframes, mockups, to prototypes, and iterations to making an MVP.
I’m looking forward to working in the EdTech field, utilizing the knowledge I’ve gain from working in various education roles, applying best practices in organizations and teams, and speeding up the development of creating relevant, feasible, and positive experiences.
I’m curious, determined, analytical, and have a huge heart. As a first-generation immigrant kid in a neurodiverse family, I bring in a unique perspective and understanding of how design can be life-changing for people. You can catch me in action in various Bay Area playgrounds with my six-year-old son or hiking short steep trails.
What emoji best describes you and why? (A question from the Dolphin Job Search App)
🤩  This emoji best describes me because I tend to look on the bright side and like a star, I stay lit in the dark. 
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