Hi, I'm Herin. I'm an interaction designer and researcher with an emphasis on people/planet centered research. I conceptualize and prototype products and experiences that connect and engage people through poetic and meaningful interactions. My design process always starts by empathizing with people, prototyping a diversity of approaches, testing those ideas and iterating to arrive at the optimal concept.

Currently, I'm a Design Researcher at Cookpad. Over my career, I've worked with companies such as Facebook Reality Labs, LEGO Creative Play Lab, IKEA, CRUSA Foundation, Frolic Studio, and North Kingdom.

My work often revolves around people, nature, and technology. I find beauty in complex systems that follow simple, but elegant rules. I also believe that meaning, function, and aesthetics come together to create beautiful design experience. By blending physical and digital elements, I strive to create sensory- rich, immersive and emotional experiences. I thrive when I get to collaborate with others and enjoy experimenting with different design approaches and mediums including exploring physical and digital elements, applying new technologies, and learning new ways to utilize materials.

I graduated from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design in 2021. My final thesis, a 3-award winner at the Interaction Design Awards, investigated design as a means of bridging the gaps among different communities in Costa Rica and contributing to a more inclusive society.




Jul 2021 -
Design Researcher
Cookpad Inc. | Bristol, United Kingdom

Jul 2019 - (Project Based)
UX Designer (Freelance)
GoodPatch Inc. | Tokyo, Japan

Mar 2021 - Jun 2021
Interaction Designer/Design Researcher
Frolic Studio | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Aug 2019 - Nov 2019
Creative Design Strategist Intern
North Kingdom | Skellfteå, Sweden

Oct 2017 - Jul 2018
Synergy Marketing Associate
The Walt Disney Company | Tokyo, Japan

Aug 2013 - Jul 2017
Finance/Recruitment Consultant
Airswift | Doha, Qatar
2020 - 2021
Interaction Design Programme
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design | San José, Costa Rica

2018 - 2019
Industrial Design Intensive
Umeå Institute of Design | Umeå, Sweden

2011 - 2012
Cinematography (exchange)
Université Paris Diderot | Paris, France

2009 - 2013
BSc Business Administration
International Christian University | Tokyo, Japan

Design Tools

Rhino 3D
Origami Studio

Graphic / Animation / Videography
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe InDesign
Interaction Design, Design Research (Observatory, Ethnographic, Participatory/Co-Creation methodologies, Synthesizing), High/Low-fi Rapid Prototyping, Physical Modeling, Physical Computing, Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, Video Storytelling, Animation, User Testing, Concept & Product development



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