Automattic Designer Interview: Joan Rho

What is your Background?

Growing up, I was drawn to the arts and sciences—I loved reading books, playing sports and instruments, painting and building things, and spending time outdoors. I studied Behavioral Neuroscience in college and worked for several years in science and healthcare research before pivoting to design. I worked in branding and product design, as well as website and mobile app development before joining Automattic.

What does design mean to you?

Design is intentional. It shapes the way a product, message, or experience is delivered. Good design is informed by human behavior—it makes things easier to use, more intuitive, and more enjoyable to experience.

What has been the favorite piece you’ve worked on?

At Automattic, I led a brand illustration project to define an inclusive set of illustrations for use in our product and marketing. You can read more about the project here: Democratizing Identity.

Do you have any artistic influences?

I draw inspiration from everywhere, particularly nature.

What has remote work done to benefit you?

Remote work gives you the freedom to collaborate with diverse, talented, and fascinating people from all over the world.

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