I’m a UX and Product Designer with a background in illustration, engineering, blogging, and social media.

My goal is to create digital experiences that people enjoy while making a social impact. I’m particularly passionate about building inclusive communities.

🎨 Experience and Project Highlights

I’m a UX Design Intern at Electronic Arts (EA), Founder and Design Lead at Design Buddies, and a part-time Product Designer at Opal. During the summer of 2019, I interned as a Virtual Reality Robotic Game Developer at Intuitive Surgical. In past summers, I have worked as a game design + development instructor at Girls Make Games, and Undergraduate Research Fellow at SCU.

Outside of work and school, I create virtual reality games, do freelance design and art, and design merchandise to sell online and at conventions through my art business, Candyleaf Designs. I have a passion for promoting healthy living through my blog, youtube channel, and social media with a total following of over 40,000.

🎓 Education

I’m a Computer Science & Engineering graduate student at Santa Clara University. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree with a major in Bioengineering and minor in Computer Science & Engineering in June 2019.

👥 Community

I founded and grew large online communities, and host meetups regularly (that have now gone online), and hold leadership positions.

I created Design Buddies, an inclusive design community with over 7,000 members in 5 months through organic growth. I am also a Design Lead at Augment, and Community Admin at intern.club.

I have also been blogging since 2014. I have multiple Instagram accounts dedicated to lifestyle, food art, drawing, and boba. You can also find me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Medium.

🎊 Fun Facts

• In my past life, I was an aspiring Olympic marathon runner, neurosurgeon with an MD-PhD, and anime artist.

• I am a Yelp Elite and have an Instagram just for boba.

• I was close to running a sub-5:00 mile in high school and was a Division 1 cross country and track runner.

• Being bullied in middle school inspired me to start running and work harder.

💬 Contact

I am open to collaborations and messages. I am grateful for everyone who has helped me find what I want to do today and would love to give back, too. You are welcome to email me at graceling08@gmail.com or contact me on social media.