Michael A Nguyen

I'm an architect turned product designer and this is my portfolio.
I believe in process, empathy, and
begging for forgiveness.
ABOUT MICHAEL
SpotHero

Rebooking a Parking Reservation

FIND A SPOT
SAP Fieldglass

"If I build a design culture..."

WILL THEY COME?
Nerdery

Customer Discovery and Lead Generation

NERD OUT
⌛ COMING SOON
Expense Management App
⌛ EXTRACURRICULAR WORK (MOBILE APP DESIGN)
Laid off due to COVID-19? Helping people find work
🎤 PUBLIC SPEAKING
UX Meetup Talk (youtube)
🎨 OTHER CREATIVE WORK
Photography
🕰️ BLAST FROM THE PAST
Architectural Design
🛠️ TOP TOOLS
  • Sketching; whiteboarding
  • Sketch; Invision; DSM
  • Figma
  • Userzoom
  • HTML/CSS
  • Slack; Jira; Confluence
💼 HOW I WORK
  • 40% collaborative working sessions & 60% independent time
  • Obsess over a tidy inbox and up-to-date calendar
  • A night owl (as of now)
  • Over-communicate when necessary
  • Proactively transparent and honest when things get tough
  • Be inclusive by encouraging unheard voices and then speaking last
💡PRINCIPLES
  • If it's broken, own it and fix it
  • Listen in order to understand -- not simply to respond
  • Every challenge is an opportunity
  • When in doubt, google it
📚 JUST READ
  • Crossing the Chasm (Geoffery Moore)
  • Making of a Manager (Julie Zhuo)
  • Unscalable (Charlie Guo)
  • Algorithms to Live By (Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths)

I'm an architect-turned-UX designer with a penchant for mercurial traveling and exploring different cultures, food, and languages. Currently, I do UX at SAP Fieldglass, where I seek to transform the way hourly workers get hired and paid. I'm a T-shaped, human-centered designer at heart. I wholeheartedly believe in fostering a design-led culture through DesignOps.

💬 LET'S ALSO TALK ABOUT
  • Traveling off the beaten path & aviation
  • Public transit sytems & urban planning
  • Vietnamese food/culture
  • Classical music, piano, & electronic music production
  • Growth marketing (teach me something)
  • Sociological patterns of social media & online communities