My name is Jean Saung
I am a Product Designer with 5+ years of experience and 9+ total years of design experience including fashion and industrial design. Past industries include E-commerce, Lifestyle, IoT, Talent Acquisition, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Visualization.
Currently Product Designer at Kickoff, a fitness coaching AI platform connecting coaches with remote clients. Previously at Hatched Labs, a think tank creating experiences for grocery e-commerce. 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 indoor 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.
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
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.
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.