21 - How to blend Chinese philosophy and technology with Azure Yang UX Transformer at SapientRazorfish
“Philosophy facilitates a good environment for technology to do it’s job”
Azure Yang is a mix of UX designer and Chinese philosopher who’s currently working as UX transformer for Sapient-Razorfish.
Azure is Shanghaiinese, born in a more rural setting outside of the downtown city area where he was always misbehaving and trying to sneak away from his parents house.
Azure comes from an artistic family and so early on thought that he would be a designer.
This shifted over time as he became a web coder and worked for Microsoft. Since he felt very comfortable in solving problems and had a more analytical outlook, he shifted much more towards UX.
He’s currently now focusing on how he can bring elements of Philosophy, both Chinese & Western, into how he builds products and services..
In this episode:
+ Always wanting to do things in new ways
+ What it was like growing up in Shangahi during the opening up of China
+ Working in Microsoft China
+ Transitioning from visual design into interaction design & user flows
+ How his life seems modern at the surface but he’s actually quite traditional
+ Helping people to find what they truly want in life
+ Uncovering the pattern or the “rules” of the world
+ Differences between a “Chess” type problem or a “Go” type problem
+ How studying philosophy impacted his career & craft
+ How he tries to align his vision with client expectations
+ How 80s & 90s culture had strong theme of “exceed yourself, become the hero” or “fight without thinking, you’ll be king”
+ Changing themes in Japanese manga & Chinese manga over past 20 years
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