I'm an iOS developer working at Mercari in Tokyo. Mercari is the largest C2C marketplace in Japan. The app is complex and used by millions. I'm a self-taught iOS and Mac developer. Before Mercari, I taught iOS and Mac development at General Assembly and was a full-time iOS developer at Topology Eyewear in San Francisco.
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, which focuses on the physical. However, the part of Industrial Design that appeals to me most is problem solving and design thinking. These skills are incredibly beneficial in not just Industrial Design but in all design fields. For 4.5 years I designed complex workflows for enterprise networking products.
Mercari is the largest C2C marketplace in Japan. The iOS app is used by millions and processes financial transactions, so the tolerance for quality issues is very low. Engineers at Mercari have diverse skillsets. I am a mentor to Junior iOS developers as well as a a mentee to senior iOS developers. The team is constantly learning, changing, and growing; Its a very exciting environment. Engineering Managers at Mercari have one priority; keeping reports happy at work and in life. We do this in many ways including keeping the development process smooth as well as fostering the career aspirations of reports.
Topology Eyewear is an incredible startup in San Francisco. The application performs sophisticated video recording and machine learning to construct an accurate 3D model of the user's face. That 3D model is then used to make glasses that are individually CNC machined to fit. I worked on many of the screens and UI elements for the app. I also worked on integrating the in-app support system that contained full support for deep linking from any part of the app to any other part of the app.
When I started at Riverbed, there was no design team at all. My coworker and I crept our way into every part of the engineering organization and proved the value of UX to the company. Since then, an entire UX team has formed with a Director of UX, a user research, a visual designer, and an interaction designer (me). We all work directly with engineers and product managers, and customers to solve problems.
At Riverbed, our customers have huge networks. Many of our customers have over 1000 Riverbed appliances distributed all over the world. My work involves designing interfaces that make configuring, troubleshooting, and upgrading Riverbed Appliances easy. Because our customers have so many appliances each, the real challenge at Riverbed is making it easy to do all of those operations in bulk.
I lead a monthly iOS Development 101 workshop at General Assembly. Students range from no programming experience to experienced Java/C#/C++ developers. This can make it hard to keep everyone up to speed without others being bored. I developed the 3 hour curriculum with this in mind. The workshops are an incredible amount of fun and a great lerning experience for all involved.