Duration: Jul - Oct 2020 With millions of students stuck at
home, 6 Ivy Leagues took this
opportunity to co-host the ultimate virtual hackathon. In 4 days, IvyHacks welcomed
students around the world to unite and solve global problems using technology.
How do we foster collaboration and learning in an isolated,
virtual setting and tone down IvyLeague's elitist image?
Through the themes of Unity and Growth, we hope to bring students
an isolated period and help them build off of each other to grow higher like the ivy
plant. As the lead designer, I created the UI/UX of the website and a series of 3D
designs to achieve our goal.
As I was
the most skilled in 3D software, I modeled all of the designs while helping others develop
It was truly an astounding experience working with talented students from
other schools. My biggest takeaways:
Be ambitious with ideas, but scale down during execution. I
overestimated the team's energy and time commitment, so we needed to simplify a lot of
the designs in the end.
Think ahead and "assembly line" simple social media posts. I made most
of the 3D assets reusable pngs so the marketing members can easily create new posts.
Big events are hard to manage. Even with a style guide, not all posts
are perfectly coherent. Don't be too hard on yourself or the team -
reinforce standards and aim to do better on the next iteration!
Weekly Zoom meetings
Duration: Sep 2019 - Feb 2020 Hack@Brown is the annual
hackathon run by Brown University and Rhode
Island School of Design students. Through a friendly visual identity, we want to combat
stereotype of people going to hackathons only for the prize and not the learning
How can we create a culture of inclusivity and
encourage even those who never coded before to join Hack@Brown?
The hackathon theme “Garage” encourages anyone
entrepreneurial spirit to participate. 3D visuals also immerse the participant in a fun
"hands-on" startup environment. I led the UI/UX website design and 3D assets creation.
3 designers, including myself, were responsible for designing the
registration pages and dashboard. Specifically, I was in charge of the registration’s UIUX
and planned the motion graphics for each screen, myself animating the
In the end, the hackathon was a success. It was a truly humbling experience and I loved my team! To improve our designs and brand awareness for next year, I will:
Storyboard the user journey to improve UX flow
Adapt 3D renderings onto products - tote bags, sweatshirts, etc.
Identify goals to motivate the entire design process
If you are down here already, thanks for taking this
journey with me! I would love to hear from you to talk more about my projects. Otherwise,
thanks for reading!