Meet Our Totems – Felix

Meet our totems: UX/UI Designer Felix Cheng
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Have you met Felix? This filmmaker turned designer’s got a wicked work ethic and nails the witty punchline every time. Whether he’s being sarcastic or real with you, one can never tell. Soft spoken at first, Felix brings a great amount of thought, heart and silliness to TTT (and is one of the few guys at the office who actually does his dishes). After realizing what he was in for, he reluctantly sat down with me as I asked him a few pressing questions! 

Quick intro:

Position: UX/UI Designer
Favourite app: Airbnb
Fun Fact: He really likes to clean.
Last Book Read: Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow
Favourite Food: Curry! 

Tell us about yourself. What’s your story/background?

“I guess my background is a little different from other designers I know. I grew up watching a lot of movies, so naturally I wanted to study filmmaking. I graduated from Emily Carr Institute in the Film program and worked in the TV industry for nearly 10 years. I wanted to be a filmmaker when I was in school, but after graduating I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue down that path. But I knew I wanted to be in this industry so I eventually got an internship at the National Film Board. I continued in a coordinator role and then ended up freelancing in a production management capacity. But as time went on I became less interested in the industry, and didn’t feel challenged anymore. So I started considering changing careers and design was something I was always interested in – especially mobile design. I taught myself how to use various design softwares and from there, I ended up taking a UX program in San Francisco. After a short time there, I returned to Vancouver to look for work.” 

How did you end up at TTT?

“While I was job searching in Vancouver for UX/UI design positions, Josephine (our VP of Design) connected with me on LinkedIn, just out the blue. I didn’t know about TTT before that. We started chatting and met up for coffee and she mentioned that TTT might be hiring a new designer. Unfortunately, I had taken a contract position the day before she connected with me on LinkedIn, so it didn’t work out at that time. But we kept in touch and as I was nearing the end of my contract, I reached out to her and asked if there were any opportunities at TTT. They were in the process of looking for a new designer, and I went for an interview and got the job.” 

What was your first impression of TTT?

“The first time I met Josephine, I came up to the office and Chris and Dave were having a nerf war.” Typical. 

What are some interesting things about yourself?

“I can be so sarcastic that people can’t tell when I’m joking or being serious… which doesn’t go well for me when I’m actually being serious.” 

What’s your most memorable moment working at TTT?

“I got My Little Pony slippers for my birthday because we always joke I sleep at the office.” Felix can work some crazy long hours! 

What is your secret super power? (something you’re very good at, that not everyone knows)

“My perseverance. When I worked in television, I also did some freelance design work on the side, but I had little experience, and only got these jobs through colleagues who knew I had an interest in this. Many of these gigs were disastrous and utter failures.” 

What do you enjoy working on the most?

“I enjoy collaborating with the other designers, seeing their work, and learning from them. I also love being presented with really challenging problems and coming up with creative solutions, even though they frustrate the heck out of me!” 

What do you like to do in your free time?

“Other than working and being productive… I like to watch movies. I used to be able to watch 3-4 movies in a row. I also love to travel, mainly to learn about different cultures and the interesting people you meet while traveling. Japan is one of my favourite places, and I’d love to explore Europe.
Oh! And I love to cook and explore different coffee shops. My favourite is Kafka on Main Street.” 

Who do you look up to? (Who is your hero?)

“I look up to anyone who is kind, honest and hardworking and strives to do the best work they can.”
(Edit): In another blog, Felix gives us his tips on designing a painless login and registration screen. Click here to read! 

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