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Monette T. Punzalan

Monette Punzalan

Web & Graphic Beginnings

With a background in Web and Database design I could create functional websites and programs, but I needed to present them better. So I studied graphic design to give my creations harmony and personality. Eventually, I found my designs did not have enough value for users to return.

Finding UX

By practicing UX Design, I learned about the practical advantages of getting user input throughout the process instead of at the end.

I began to differentiate what I thought the user wanted and what the user actually needed.

Looking forward

Now I am looking for a full-time position where I can apply my broad set of skills to make interactive products that go above and beyond the project brief so they are functional and innovative.

More about me

The personal stuff

I grew as the youngest in a Filipino family in Baltimore, Maryland. After getting a B.A. in Computing and Information Systems at Northwestern University, I moved to Boston, Massachusetts.

I loved being able to walk across the city but I had too many years of harsh midwest and northeast winters. So I took off twenty layers of clothing, dumped my winter jacket in the trash, and drove out to sunny Los Angeles, California.

When I’m not binge-watching TV, (or listening to podcasts analyze said TV), I’m making complicated meals and desserts in bulk size (I guess I love excess), ad-hocking pieces for my home, or power-walking around a local trail.