My thoughts on design, running, and life.


Empathy Jam 2018

Creating something that has a lasting impact on other peoples’ lives is truly a privilege. This year, I returned to the Empathy Jam as a co-producer, alongside Shannon and Ariella, to encourage our design community to practice empathy with one another and create solutions around problems that affect us all. The Empathy Jam is an annual user-centered design and research hackathon for NYC residents to collaborate and feel connected. On Saturday, November 17th, the third installment of this event was held.


TCS New York City Marathon 2018, take two!

I have a unique relationship with the expression, “Life is a marathon, not a sprint.” In college, I was a 200 meter sprinter. Speedy races were my favorite! And as of last year, I also became a marathoner. Then, on Sunday, November 4th, 2018, I ran the TCS New York City Marathon with 52,696 other athletes for the second time. My second attempt at this distance on this particular course humbled me in many ways I didn’t expect. Here’s that story.  (more…)


How running inspires my work in UX design

Running is a very personal endeavor, yet teaches me the most about design and solving problems for others. The day-to-day challenges that I face in my training and understanding the nuances of the sport are constantly inspiring my work as a designer. I always say that running makes me a better UX designer. In this piece, I’m going to talk about how the lessons I’ve learned as a runner translate to the way I approach UX design.  (more…)


How I learned to trust myself during marathon training

In less than 40 days, I’ll be back at the starting line in Staten Island for the TCS New York City Marathon! When I was training last year, I simply wanted to (1) finish and (2) have a great time. This year, my determination is to break four hours. With a little over a month left, I’ve been on a tumultuous physical and emotional roller-coaster journey that has constantly tested my trust in this process.  (more…)


What racing bibs can teach us about UX design

I’ll never forget the day I toed the starting line at my first marathon – the TCS New York City Marathon on November 5, 2017 with Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” playing. Years of dreaming and months of training led to that special moment. Four hours and twenty minutes later, I crossed the finish line – an even more incredible feeling. During this, the most crucial item that made the marathon experience exceptional was my racing bib.  (more…)


Life & running after Soka Athletics

On a dry summer day in August 2007, I joined Soka University of America’s Cross Country team three minutes before the first workout. That impromptu decision led to four wonderful years as a student-athlete. Since graduating, life has been turbulent and maintaining consistency in training has been a struggle. I want to share how Soka Athletics made me the runner I am today and how they prepared me for post-graduation life.  (more…)


I’m Riri, a UX writer, runner, New Yorker, and dad music enthusiast. Full bio.

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