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It's Cool to be a Nerd

It's Cool to be a Nerd

Citrix hosted a Career Day for a group of girls from the Queens Foundation, which is a non-profit org empowering young girls to be leaders in their careers and communities. I was asked to speak about my career as a UX designer and the path I took to get there. UX is such an abstract concept that it's hard enough to explain to adults let alone a younger audience, but this presentation really help me distill the explanation down. I was most impressed with the really great range of questions they were asking.


Michelle Chin

July 17, 2015


  1. nerd. It’s cool to be a

  2. Michelle… …is a nerd.

  3. Nerds like to solve Problems.

  4. Michelle is a User Experience Designer.

  5. Huh? You’re a what?

  6. User Experience Designer I design the experiences people have using

    the web, tablets, and smartphones.
  7. How can I make this experience better for someone? A

  8. Here’s real life

  9. We work with others to make this happen A B

    User Experience! Designer! Engineer! Visual! Designer!
  10. None
  11. How did I find this career?

  12. Graphic designer = fun I wasn’t solving problems.

  13. Quality assurance tester = problem finder I wasn’t solving problems.

  14. None
  15. “Usability”

  16. None
  17. What about you?

  18. Embrace your inner nerdiness; you can do great things! Maybe

    you like solving problems, too.