kim.nguyen@ac4d.com

Student

Kim Nguyen

Kim is an Austin native and graduated with a degree in Psychology, from Texas State University.

She recently joined the Austin Center for Design’s 2019 class. Prior to this, she worked at Aunt Bertha as a Software Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer where she developed the quality assurance process from the ground up. Here she experienced first hand how technology can be made to help people in need. Having come from a liberal arts background, seeing how technology can improve lives roused her curiosity. Here she got her first taste of ‘technology for good’.

Living by the adage “only the insane do the same things and expect different results”, Kim works to explore how to improve the status quo, and solving painful problems.

Recent blog posts

PeletonU & AC4D: Digging Deep into Education and the Workforce.

Another mystery to be solved As the second quarter of the 2018-2019 Austin Center for Design kicks off, I am excited to share that the 2019 AC4D class will be working closely with PeletonU, a unique group of people who provide comprehensive support to help get post-traditional students through college. In a team of three,…

Creating Something from Nothing

Having free reign and autonomy on a task is simultaneously the most exhilarating and daunting experience. In our final Studio Foundations assignment, I teamed up with Kay Wyman, Gerald Codina, and Aaron Steinman to start with an empty slate and make something that fits the format of a digitized storyboard that showcasing all that we have learned in…

Behind the Story with Kim

 The Project & The Student Today, I am thrilled to share a little story with you. Spoiler, the plot is simple, the problem is cheesy, and the solution is even less enticing. None the less I am still THRILLED to share this clumsy anecdote with you because of how the progress it represents in my brief…

Stories from Inside We Are Blood.

Last week, my teammates, Zev Powell and Catherine Woodiwiss, and I wrote a blog about a project we are working on with the local non-profit We Are Blood. We have spoken with a number of people at all touchpoints involved in making each pop-up mobile blood donation event happen. Setting up, servicing your community, and packing…

A Designer’s Role

An Opportunity to Define. Over the last decade, the role of Design has grown leaps and bound. The design has branched into many areas and taken on various names including service and system design, interaction design, human factors, human-computer interaction and more, where each one has a unique approach and focus. Despite the variations and…

Just Do It, Now.

Today is the first day of the 4th week at AC4D. Time and space have lost all meaning and sense. In the past, when I would reach this mentality and physical state of exhaustion, it would always feel bad everywhere and about everything. Losing track of things, tasks I need to have done, people I…

Learning Styles

This past week was a first of many things. In Interaction Design Research and Synthesis, where we are learning about contextual inquiry, research and are in the early stages of research, Matt Franks identify the parts that do and do not work with my team’s research plan. Seeing the live assessments and getting to ask…

Ethics and Responsibility in Design

Over the course of two weeks, I have been exploring the topic of ethics and responsibility in the world of service and system design. During this time I’ve read six articles. The Articles included: “The Meaning of Design” by Maurizio Vitta “Design For the Real World” by Victor Papanek “Rebel with a Cause” by Victor…

Week 1 Fin.

This week went by in a haze.  Today marks the completion of my first full week of AC4D.  The expression ‘drinking out of a water hose’ certainly applies.  Between taking in new information, adjusting my schedule to the coursework, due dates, meeting with businesses, setting team meetings to ensure the project has traction, the first…

It’s All In Your Head

We have finally come to the end of our first mock/mini sprint of design. The entirety of it was INTENSE, another understatement.  Today, as my team and I went out to do research on our MVP, so many interesting pieces of information and ideas came up in conversation. It made sense for us to be…

Ideas are Dangerous

Have you seen the movie Inception? In one sentence and in the of Catherine Woodiwiss,  ideas “are so DANGEROUS”.  They absolutely are. On day four if an intense business week-long orientation. We explored the world of ideas, and how to come up with them.  When I look at the plot of Inception, or in our real…

Mental Gymnastics

Designing, as we are learning it, is a tough feat, which is an understatement.  There are infinite contrasting concepts, feelings and ideas that you need to be cognizant and attentive to. You need to know and marinade in the details of stranger’s utterances, while still maintaining a peripheral view of all the data. You come…

Gratitude

It is very natural to classify.  We have names for all colors and colors within color spectrums.  When considering the color pink, there is pink, hot pink, neon pink, piggy pink, baby pink, champagne, coral.  The list goes on. Even within the world of web, there are 16,777,217 hexadecimal codes that represent individual colors in the…

Expectations.

Growing up, it has been instilled in me that education is a resource to be taken for granted or a topic to be treated with triviality.   One year ago, the word expectation would have made me extremely nervous. Today, however, has been quite nice. After speaking to several AC4D alumni, and working with a few…

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