Erika believes that everything is design(ed).
As a freelance UX designer, she spends her time working with others trying to make digital + analog experiences work better, especially with and for the people who participate in those experiences (sometimes called “users” or “target audiences.”) Her work is influenced by Design Justice Network Principles, Liberatory Design, Emergent Strategy, Equity-Centered Community Design, humxn-centered design, and permaculture design principles.
As a design educator, she spends her time curating and facilitating hands-on learning experiences through workshops, courses, and 1:1 coaching. Erika created and led design trainings with 500+ people across the united states through her work with Creative Reaction Lab, and is currently a design mentor and critique faciliator with DesignLab.
As a queer, mixed race, Japanese, femme-ish mixed media artist, she spends her time producing works that both critically examine and celebrate communities she is a part of. Her works also explore themes of community, power, fluidity, appropriation, and self. She casually posts some of these explorations here.
Erika is also a company dancer with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company and a collective member of New Roots Urban Farm.
She is obsessed with project-based engagements, thoughtful + collaborative decision-making, cooking washoku meals, sunsets, foliage, complexity, and ambiguity.
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