I’ve said this before, and I still stand by it—our designers are some of the coolest, most unexpected people in the office. Meet Andrea, our lovely Senior UX/UI Designer! This gentle lady is all kinds of sweet, owns some of the cutest sweaters, and can often be spotted around the office with a bubble tea in hand. She is soft-spoken at first, but get her talking and she will surprise you with a bold statement you didn’t see coming. Back in the day she was an aspiring actress, but traded the stage for the designer life (this girl has done so much school!). She brings a wealth of knowledge to TTT, from animation to graphic design, and has quite the knack for eyeing up parking spots. Having moved to Canada all by herself, Andrea is one super strong TTT’er and has flourished in her role as a multi-talented designer.
Position: Senior UX/UI Designer
Favourite game: The last game I remember playing was Monopoly
Fun fact: I’m easily freaked out by sudden loud noises, which freaks other people out
Last movie watched: Spider-Man: Far From Home—it was mostly good
Favourite food: Taiwanese food, especially bubble tea
Tell us about yourself. What’s your story/background?
“I’m originally from Taiwan and studied graphic design in school. I always wanted to live and work outside of Taiwan, but my mom didn’t want me to go since I’m an only child. However, one of my childhood friends lived in Vancouver and told us about how great it was and how it changed her. That’s when I realized that Canada could be a great place for me to explore.
When I finished my bachelor’s degree in graphic design in Vancouver, I went back to Taiwan and worked for a graphic designer in Taipei for a year and a half. I didn’t really enjoy the bureaucratic environment there, so I decided to head back to Vancouver to pursue a career in UX/UI design. While completing my program at RED Academy, I found the people there really friendly and focused on communication. We worked on a lot of community projects, which was helpful in getting me acquainted with real world business clients.”
How did you end up at TTT? First impressions?
“When I first saw the job posting, it immediately caught my eye because of the distinct vibe of TTT’s culture. When I came in for an interview, I saw both Dave and Chris and got them mixed up. They were very friendly and made me feel comfortable. It was such a great environment.
I still remember the day I started with TTT—January 8th, two days before my birthday. On my birthday, I received a warm celebration and lovely ice-cream birthday cake, which I didn’t expect since I had only been with the company for two days! I felt so welcome and it was extra special that they made the effort to do that.”
What are some interesting things about yourself?
“In high school, before I decided to go into design, I wanted to be an actress. My high school was vocational, meaning that it’s more focused on training in specific skills. I had passed the tests in both performing arts and design arts. For performing arts, we needed to prepare a performance. I decided to perform a traditional Chinese musical piece called ‘Butterfly Lovers’. I sang, acted and dressed in traditional outfits. After I passed the tests, my parents wanted me to pursue design over the performing arts, and I was more confident in that field too. Once I chose the design path, I studied animation, which was the most popular department at that time. After I graduated, I pursued more general graphic design, with a focus on publication design and branding.”
What’s your most memorable moment working at TTT?
“Scavenger hunt. It was my first time participating last year. It’s interesting to see how some people are super competitive, while others are more chill. It was so much fun sharing the results and photos over dinner and laughing together. I will never forget that. It gave me the chance to learn more about my colleagues, and feel more connected to our TTT family. I’m so excited to participate again this year!”
What is your secret super power? (something you’re very good at, that not everyone knows)
“I have very sharp eyes. When someone needs to find a parking space, or find good seats when buying tickets, I can always spot them. I’m also usually a passenger in that car so I can easily point out the good ones.”
What do you enjoy working on the most?
“Creating the visuals. I love working on the UI for graphics and branding, putting things like colours and elements together, and creating the final touches that make people go ‘wow.’ That is what I enjoy most.”
What do you like to do in your free time?
“I enjoy being at home and watching Netflix (who doesn’t?), hanging out with friends, shopping, watching movies, and being outdoors, usually hiking.”
Who do you look up to? (Who is your hero?) Why?
“My parents. They always support me. They gave me the chance to pursue my dreams by moving to Vancouver and starting to learn and work here. They never complained or judged me for any decision I’ve made. I’m doing really great because of them. They give me the courage to explore things in life. I look up to them and aspire to be as good of a parent as they are.”