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Jean Saung


My name is Jean Saung​

I am a Product Designer with 7+ years of experience and 11+ total years of design experience including fashion and industrial design. Past industries include E-commerce, Lifestyle, IoT, Talent Acquisition, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Visualization. 


Previously Senior Product Designer at Earnest, a financial tech company designing experiences for student loans. Previously at Kickoff, an early stage fitness coaching AI platform connecting coaches with remote clients. Formerly UX designer and researcher for a seed-stage AI startup, Crossing Minds where I worked on designing Hai, a platform for cultural discovery which leverages machine learning to generate highly personalized recommendations in the categories of music, books, movies, TV shows, video games and restaurants. 


I design for responsive web, iOS and android. I enjoy user research and usability testing, moderated & unmoderated, remote & in-person. 


In my free time, I write about UX design, research, and leadership. I also enjoy gardening, scuba diving and swing dancing; lindy hop and balboa. I see partner dancing as an expression of empathy, trust, spontaneity, and creativity, an expression of joy and of living.

WellfoundMedium | LinkedIn


~ 2018


I am also interested in designing products and services contributing to social impact.

Since representation of diverse candidates and improving their inclusion in tech was close to my heart, I was happy to collaborate on some early business models, user research, and product design for Hirekind.

Read my series on tips for a UX design job search

~ 2017

In my blog article On Career Transitions I talked about peer mentorship and teaching to learn.  This project was only possible with the participation of my fellow designers and thinkers.

I believe in making positive impacts, whether it is through a conversation with an acquaintance or leading the creation of a product that can truly change the world for the better. 

~ 2017


1 year after I completed the UX Design Circuit at General Assembly, I found myself freelancing. This was a branding exercise I did for my product design consultancy.


Soon after I cofounded Trellis, a design collective which employs the concept of pair-designing to foster growth for both designers and startups.  

~ 2014 - 2017


In 2014, with my background in fashion and industrial design, I started a freelance industrial soft-good design and prototyping consultancy, Studio Interim. 


My studio took on the roles between the idea and the final realization of the design, the interim.  I shipped multiple products with startups in the lifestyle, healthcare, and technology sectors.

When I was between projects, I worked on my leather handbag line, Dialogue Grey.

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