My name is Harold Kim.

I'm a designer on Google Maps in Sydney, Australia. I like cycling, making Korean food, and dancing to music that goes bleep bloop.

"Tell me more", you say.

What have I learned in the 8+ years I've been in the digital design industry? Designing products isn't simple.

You gotta meet your users. Understand their needs. Dream up a dozen solutions. Throw out the bad ones. Design the good ones. Prototype. Test. Realize you fucked it up. Design again. Test again. Build. Deliver. And do it over and over, because user needs always change.

It's a lot of steps, and many places for things to go wrong.

The factors that make our products delightful (user empathy, thoughtful interaction, and visual polish) often get lost in translation or compromised en route to implementation. This is where I come in as a designer. I bridge gaps in communication between visual design, product management, and software engineering to make sure product execution isn’t compromised.

Prior to joining Google, I developed web-based products for Inkling and designed Venmo’s mobile payment apps. I've done product visioning, sprint workshops, information architecture, visual design, and front-end engineering. It takes a loose mixture of them all to do what I do best: support a product from initial idea to launch.

"I've heard enough", you say.