Monette T. Punzalan

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 removed twenty layers of clothing, shoved my winter jacket in the trash, and drove to sunny Los Angeles, California.

When I’m not binge-watching TV, (or listening to podcasts analyze my shows), I’m making complicated meals and desserts, or restarting my Couch to 5K program on my local trail.

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. I studied graphic design to give my creations harmony and personality. Eventually, I found my website designs did not have enough value for users to return to them.

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 and improve interactive products that go above and beyond the project brief so they are functional and innovative.