Bridging the Bay – Notable Badger – David Cheng

Notable Bay Area Badger – David Cheng ’16

BS Geology and Geophysics ’16
UW Majors: Geology and Geophysics
San Francisco
UX Consultant at Tech Counsel

Q&A with David Cheng

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t be  ashamed to be yourself because when you are not you have to spend energy maintaining a facade or overcome that extra mental block.

What are you reading now?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman

What occupies your free time?
Drawing, Doodling and going to Museums.

What was your first job?
Intern at an Accounting Firm. If fact, I still continue to do work for them 10 years later!  

Tell me something about your last job, other than money, that would have inspired you to keep working there.
I love mentorship and spending time with people. I was a college mentor to middle school kids to understand and overcome learning differences through art projects. Mentorship is a two way street where each person can learn about something new. I don’t have someone who sticks out as the best mentor I have ever had but I can always learn something from everyone and hopefully they can too.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
I am fascinated by the aviation industry and always thinking about planning my next trip. I enjoy the change in scenery to get inspired and to take a break. I went to Vancouver, BC for the first time in my life, found out Richmond is not Vancouver. I haven’t decided on where I would like to go next but there are hundreds of places I’d like to visit someday.

When have you been most satisfied in your life?
Right now but at the same time I never want to stop improving. I discovered a career I’m passionate about!

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider the most significant in your career.
I started freelancing in January as a User Experience Designer for digital products such as Applications and websites. My first client is a startup called Tech Counsel, I am helping them redesign their website from writing content to research and testing. It was rewarding to get my first client and now I am well on my way in this new career. If you need something done in the realm of user experience I could be your badger.

What type of leader inspires you?
Leaders who don’t let weaknesses stop them from doing great things. For example, Richard Branson had dyslexia and went on to build the Virgin Brand and continues to have a positive outlook.

You can connect with David Cheng on Badger Bridge, LinkedIn and at upcoming Bay Area Badger events!