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RACHEL CHO

UX RESEARCHER Digital Worlds Institute UF

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UX Designer transitioning from Fashion Product Management
How did you get started in UX Design?
Hi, I'm Rachel Yeagyeong Cho.
I have eight years of experience in fashion product management. At one point I was managing 15 people in the fashion product management team and multiple remote factory workers from Vietnam and China.
Fun Fact:

I’ve been diving into the world of financial investing for over 11 years, and love it

I had 4 different majors in college.  I’m curious about so many topics.

I love to travel.  I’ve visited 12 countries, and the list is growing.

At the age of 20 I started a Varsity Jacket Fashion start-up business.  My business proposal for this company was accepted by the Government Venture Fund Sponsorship.

I have received honors at every school I’ve attended my entire life.

I donate a portion of all my profits to the Red Cross Blood services to save lives.

I’m a proud coffee and glazed donut lover! ❤️

My journey into UX designed was launched when I was fortunate enough to receive full funding from the South Korea Venture Capital Fund for my business proposal.

 

This led me to come to the United States as part of a Government Work-Abroad Scholarship Nominee (Korea Student Aid Foundation, KOSAF , South Korea) for professional careers.

 

I loved the U.S so much I decided to apply to become an international transfer student at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

 

Luckily, they offered me freshmen exemption. So, I was able to graduate within three years and begin working in positions that allowed me to experiment with VR/ AR technology and cutting-edge software programs.

 

Currently, I am certified in multiple UX Design courses and have a strong background in business and the basics of computer programming that can be applied universally.

Awards & Recognition

No matter the field, my work has been globally awarded numerous times.
When it comes to shaping a brand, user experience, business, and inclusive design,
I always focus on human-centered design solutions, not just a beautiful user interface.

Skills:

Brand Identity, Wireframes at varying levels of fidelity, Prototyping, Coding, Partnering with Designers and Developers

Awards

2019 Dribbble, Best Design example for User Interface design

(www.dribbble.com)
-Dribbble is your best resource to discover and connect with designers worldwide.

2019 Top 5 Most-Discussed Projects of April (http://www.sva.edu/features/sva-portfolios-five-most-discussed-projects-of-april-2019)

2019 Weibo.cn , Gallery Brand Promotion for SVA Featured example for graphics design and branding (Web, China)

-Weibo: well-known microblogging #1 Chinese website

2019 Featured boards User Experience Designer

-www.behance.net

2019 Cartooning & Illustration Magazine "40" illustration publication, NY

2017-2018 School of Visual Arts Dean's list

2017 Selected exhibitor, Junior Project SVA NYC Gallery Group Exhibit "have and have not"

2017 Honoring African Heritage 

-Exhibit art work at ISO,NYC

2016 Hope Art Competition

-A Finalist and group exhibition at NYC

2016 SVA Freshmen Exemption due to exceptional transfer records

2015 Work-abroad Scholarship Nominee

-Han-Sung University & Korea Student Aid Foundation, KOSAF (South Korea)

2014 Outdoor Fashion Illustration Contest

-Third place (Fashion Design Association, Korea)

2014 Best styling award

-www.campusstyleicon.com

(Han sung University, Korea)

2011 NamSeoul Univeristy Dean's list

Recognition  

Languages:

Korean(Native), Japanese(Basic)

Program:

Adobe Suites

(Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere)

Figma, Sketch, InVision, Trello, Miro

 

Coding

HTML/CSS/JAVASCRIPT

(Basic understanding of front-end  Development technologies)

Currently, my main focus is user experience design. I'm not scared of getting my hands dirty, though. Thanks to my background as a fashion product manager and designer, I have the versatility to adjust and the ability to empathize with users to understand their issues and try to find solutions that work for them.
I am an experienced, fast-paced, and detail-oriented and deadline-driven. I can effectively communicate with engineers and product owners.

Raised in Seoul, Korea
Living in Manhattan, NY

I grew up with an Asian background and have since experienced Western cultures. 

This unique opportunity has given me a global mindset, and an empathetic outlook on life. 

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I moved to Los Angeles in 2014 from Seoul and then on to Manhattan from Los Angeles. Manhattan has a vibrant enthusiasm for the American dream in the design field. It's something I've never seen anywhere else. Living in various countries, I've come to realize that I shouldn't take this for granted.

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