Whether Designing for the Road or a Screen, Alum Daniel Mai Sets Human-Centric Solutions as His Destination
May 31, 2017
Now working at Apple, recent Interaction alum (2016) Daniel Mai spoke to Dot magazine. “I have really warm feelings towards ArtCenter. It’s where I found myself, and it’s a safe space where I could explore things, and grow.” said Mai, whose dad is a software engineer. “With Interaction Design, you get into the nitty-gritty of designing tools for problems people deal with every day.” Being a part of three different Microsoft-sponsored ArtCenter Design Storms in 2013 jump-started his zest for interactive problem-solving. Multiple sponsored projects, including with Dell and Ford, and internships with big-name companies including Nissan, Google’s Nest Labs, Facebook and Apple built up his portfolio. For his Spring 2016 internship at Facebook, Mai designed a way for users to search a range of GIFs, stickers and emojis that represent shared feelings. His Summer 2016 internship at Apple involved producing graphics for Human Interface Guidelines—recommendations to make apps user-friendly—for iOS, and working on Human Interface Guidelines for CarPlay, billed by Apple as “a smarter, safer way to use iPhone in the car.” A teaser for the Microsoft Surface from the Design Storm features Daniel and his team.
Read more about Daniel on DOT Magazine.