Design for People

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Best Thing That Happened Last Week:

  • Got to visit my Alma Mater (UC Davis!) for a day to see old friends, visit old spots, and see how it’s evolved so much after so many years.
Favorite ZURB moment:
  • During the interview process, it was made known that I was vegan. When I showed up for my all day interview, not only did they order vegan food for my lunch, but everyone ate the same thing with me. Showed incredible hospitality!
Personal Recommendation:
  • I get restless when I’m not learning something new. Best advice I’ve gotten: make a list of things you want to grow in, then another list of people who are good at those things, Then ask those people to hang out with you to explain how they think and answer your questions.

John Cheng

Voraciously Curious Learner-of-how-stuff-works

John was born in Hong Kong, but grew up in the San Francisco bay area. Curious by nature, he once took his bike apart to explore the way it worked but wasn’t able to put it back together. Fortunately, his parents didn’t mind, and always encouraged him to learn, investigate and experiment. That thirst for knowledge, combined with a passion for people are two things that have driven John throughout his life.

In high school, a photography class was the basis of his creative foundation. His teachers encouraged him to go to art school, but John spent his years exploring all kinds of things including astronomy and mathematics. He also continued learning about people, spending a few months in Mongolia to learn about their culture and customs. John went on to graduate from UC Davis with a degree in Sociology and Communications, but design remained the focus of his career.

In addition to creating leadership programs for college students at a nonprofit, John joined a design accelerator. There he spent time doing work for clients but also innovating on their design curriculum and mentoring new designers.

Jenn, one of our designers, first introduced John to ZURB.

“I fell in love with the energy, the diverse client work, and the amazing internal projects!”

In his free time, John enjoys learning about gospel and jazz piano, modern art museums, architecture, and finding awesome food spots on Yelp (vegan only!).

John brings a lot to our team and really understands what it means to “Design for People.” One of John’s first assignments will be to help us expand and communicate our Progressive Design system with the world. With his stellar design talent and keen understanding of people, we think he’s the perfect man for the job!

Best Thing That Happened Last Week:

  • Got to visit my Alma Mater (UC Davis!) for a day to see old friends, visit old spots, and see how it’s evolved so much after so many years.
Favorite ZURB moment:
  • During the interview process, it was made known that I was vegan. When I showed up for my all day interview, not only did they order vegan food for my lunch, but everyone ate the same thing with me. Showed incredible hospitality!
Personal Recommendation:
  • I get restless when I’m not learning something new. Best advice I’ve gotten: make a list of things you want to grow in, then another list of people who are good at those things, Then ask those people to hang out with you to explain how they think and answer your questions.



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