Hello! My name is Carly and I am a lover of technology, tacos, music, cats, and perhaps most of all, User Experience (UX) Research and Design. Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
Long before I had ever heard of UX, I was always fascinated by technology and the human mind. When I was accepted to UCLA, I chose Cognitive Science as a major because I knew that as an interdisciplinary field, it would allow me to explore the intersection between these two passions of mine. During my time at UCLA, I was lucky enough to discover a passion for the field of UX, and tailor my experiences to explore that passion from many different angles. I took courses in user experience, research methods, cognitive science, design, programming, and statistics, among many others, that allowed me to expand my skill set and focus in on what I really enjoyed doing. I graduated from UCLA in Spring 2016 with Cum Laude Honors, receiving a B.S. in Cognitive Science and a specialization in Computing.
Aside from classes, I also worked during my time in college to gain as much hands-on experience as I could in order to further explore my interests and develop my skills. Over the summer of 2015, I worked as a User Experience Research Intern at Sony PlayStation. During my senior year, I gained more great experience through many other opportunities, including working as a UI/UX Specialist at Daily Bruin Online and as a Product Designer and Usability Analyst at Arkaive Inc.
Currently, I'm working as an Associate User Experience Researcher at Sony PlayStation in San Diego, CA. Throughout my time in UX, I've discovered that great user experiences stem from allowing users to connect with their products in pleasurable and intuitive ways. In order to achieve this, I believe that every great design choice should be backed up by research and insight from the human mind. After all, who better understands the pleasures and frustrations of a product than its users?
In my spare time, I enjoy playing the flute (UCLA Marching Band alumni!), as well as the piano and guitar. I also love hiking and backpacking in the great outdoors.
I am always looking to talk to new people, hear new ideas and opinions, and expand my network. Check out my contact page!