I'm Mike Sun and I'm an interaction designer.
Born and raised in Cupertino, technology was a prevalent source for news and entertainment throughout the course of growing up. Many of my friends have coined me as the Curious George, saying that I have an unrestrained sense of curiosity when it comes to human behavior. College was a time and place where I had the chance to explore and eventually discipline my curious senses toward something that was more scientific in approach. To me, there was no better reason to pursue a degree in Cognitive Science & Human-computer Interaction at the University of California, San Diego.
The User Experience realm has grown to be an amazing, multi-disciplinary art where individuals come from a variety of backgrounds and contribute different skill sets. With that said, I've had several discussions with my colleagues about what design actually means, and many believe design to encompass something dealing with Adobe software and beautiful graphical components. Solely based on this, I am probably a mediocre designer. In fact, I'm one of ten individuals who happen to be colorblind and I never enjoyed art growing up. My personal opinion about design in this day and age is parallel to the scientific method of testing, validating, discovering and correcting thoughts based on reactions from the real world. My undeniable interest to understand the connection between humans and artifacts, particularly characteristics of design that may enhance or diminish that connection, is what astonishes me about the study of Human-computer Interaction. I believe that the information needed to enhance the users experience with any digital interface, from the abstract complexities of computer software to the concrete intricacies of the computer mouse, begin with extracting information from the context in which the users carry on their tasks.