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Meet Lisa "Mio"

Designer of digital products and beyond.

The Driving Force

Sitting at the core of my design philosophy, empathy has always been the decisive factor in my choice of work projects. If all designers are problem solvers, I see myself as the type who emphasizes on solving problems that generate concrete forms of gratification for users with very specific self-images, most preferably people and causes I can easily resonate with.

Because we live in a sensitive age where seemingly small design decisions could easily change the life of thousands and more, I strongly support the notion that designing for passion is a necessary step to building the most convincing products and services, just like the way many of the world's best businesses are built on real experiences of their founding staff. Perhaps we will not always be so lucky in finding the perfect design problem that appeal to our personal fancy, but the whole point is to keep trying until a true calling appears—a fact proven by several of my own encounters from the past.

The Backstory

Time was early 2000. When I found an old disc of Photoshop 4.0 from my father's bookshelf one day, little did I know that future had different plans for me than becoming a concert pianist. Combined with too much love for Japanese comics (or manga to be precise), it was a chance encounter that led to 6 years of fiddling around with e-publishing—the first taste of design I was bestowed.

Fast forward 17 years. Photoshop is still part of my daily muse alongside a dozen other tools, complemented by several diplomas and a variety of design projects in Canada, United States, Japan and China. Life has been kind in a nutshell.

It's a philosophy of life. [...] if you can change you, you can perhaps change the world.

—Vivienne Westwood

When not at work, you'll find me...

Reading (on iPad) in 4 languages (% of the time)
Building (some kind of) websites (% of the time)
Playing (Japanese) video games (% of the time)
Taking (cat) pictures in the streets (% of the time)
Eating (some kind of) chocolate (% of the time)