Nice to meet you!

My name, Riri has two meanings. It comes from lyrical, the harmonization of words and music. It also derives from the Japanese word, ririshii, defined as courageous, inspiring, and strong. I was born in Japan, grew up in New York, studied in California, taught in Southeast Asia, and came back to the place I feel at home.

I love that UX is anything but conventional, and my career path is a reflection of this. My humanities education went: get one question answered, come up with ten more, get them answered, and come up with a hundred more. I’m constantly seeking to understand the context and implications of our world’s problems, which is the core of design.

I’ve explored careers in non-profit, investment banking, education, and law. The common denominator of what I enjoyed was research. I’ve developed a diverse range of methodologies to holistically understand what happened, how we got here, and what could we do. I’m transitioning into UX full-time, while working on projects for Dashing Whippets Running Team, Eisenberg & Baum, LLP, and Frontier Health.

When I’m not working, I’m writing and sharing it on my blog. Writing challenges me to learn while exploring various topics through research. I write for myself and I write for fun. I’ve written about design, traveling, running, and life in general. Some of my favorites include:

I also run a lot. How else can I justify my love for food and athletic apparel addiction? I train with the Dashing Whippets Running Team and race frequently. My moonshot goals are to qualify for and race the Boston Marathon, break 20 minutes in a 5K, and go sub-6 in the mile. Maybe one day I could break 90 minutes in a half marathon too, but I’ll start with a doable goal like sub-1:45 (I’m at 1:48!). Running is fun, I promise!

Thank you for visiting! Here’s a fun blog post to learn more. Take a look at projects I’ve worked on. We should definitely keep in touch. Drop me a note if you’re interested in working together and chatting about design. I’m always up for logging miles and carb loading, if you like that kind of stuff too.



[Last updated in August 2018. Epic header photo is courtesy of Larry Sillen, taken at the NYRR Team Championships 5-Miler race.]