Karen Lin

Design + Storytelling + Technology

 
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01. Overture

About

Hi, I’m Karen, a product manager and designer based in the Silicon Valley. I’m interested in the intersection between design and engineering, and applying technology to different areas like healthcare, education, and entertainment. 

Hi, I’m Karen, a product manager and designer based in the Silicon Valley. I’m interested in the intersection between design and engineering, and applying technology to different fields like healthcare, education, and entertainment. 

I love storytelling, because it reminds us that we are building products for real people who can benefit from our technology. 

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In addition, I’m a percussion performer and occasional composer. Music has always been a big part of my life.

In my spare time, I blog to sharpen my writing skills.

 
 
Born and raised in the Bay Area

Born and raised in the Bay Area

Studied Comparative Literature and Music at UC Berkeley

Studied Comparative Literature and Music at UC Berkeley

Speak English and Mandarin. Currently learning ASL. I'm fascinated with foreign languages and linguistics.

Speak English and Mandarin. Currently learning ASL. I'm fascinated with foreign languages and linguistics.

No pets, but I would love to pet your adorable dog.

No pets, but I would love to pet your adorable dog.

 
 
 
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02. Movements

Work

Palate

Product Design, Web Development

Designing a marketplace for the fragmented wine industry

Irish Independent

Multimedia Journalism, Graphic Design, Writing

 Video production, graphics, and writing for various projects while I was a Multimedia intern at Irish Independent in Dublin, Ireland.

How to Plant a Tree

Web Development, Graphic Design, Writing

Designing and developing a nature-themed interactive infographic demonstrating how to plant a tree

The Daily Californian

Multimedia Journalism, Graphic Design, Writing

Video and music production at UC Berkeley's campus paper, with some graphic design and writing sprinkled in

Personal Website

Product Design, Web Development, Writing

Embarking on a personal journey to showcase my work

Mozaic Project

An instrumental pop trio with yours truly on percussion

 

More Work

Graphic Design

Graphics I made with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

Logo Design

Creating a personal logo 

Music Composition and Performance

Composing and performing original music

Blog

Publishing my random thoughts

 
 
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03. Finale

Resume

 

Karen Lin

Product Management & Design

karenarialin.me

karenarialin@gmail.com

(408) 627-5860

https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenalin6

I go beyond my job descriptions to design and develop user experiences. My diverse skills in the UX sphere, including product management, writing, and animation, allow me to approach the user from a variety of perspectives.

Skills

Working on an Agile team

Design: Research, wireframing, prototyping, mockups, storyboarding, user flows, personas, competitive analysis

Programming: HTML, CSS/Sass, JavaScript, Python, Git

Software: Sketch, Invision, Balsamiq, Adobe CC (Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, AfterEffects)

Languages: English, Mandarin

Education

University of California, Berkeley

B.A in Comparative Literature & Music

May 2016         

Coursework: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Foundations of Data Science

Interests

Percussion performance, backpacking, music composition

Experience

Rakuten USA San Mateo, CA, Jun 2016 - present

  • Jr. Product Manager, Feb 2017 - present       

-Perform competitive analysis and research in the mobile development platform market               

-Prepare live and recorded demos and presentations as part of customer outreach
-Test product alongside engineers for quality assurance
-Plan product vision and break down weekly tasks

  • Technical Writer, Jun 2016 - Jan 2017 

-Documented new features, conducted UI/UX and text reviews for upcoming software releases

-Designed and wrote user journeys, storyboards, and wireframe mockups for a product demo

- Developed and maintained Python script used to generate documentation

-Wrote scripts, recorded voice-overs, and designed animations for product demo videos

 

The Daily Californian Berkeley, CA, Sept 2014 - May 2016

  • Multimedia Editor, Jan 2016 - May 2016

-Hired and managed a team of 14 music producers and video journalists to produce daily video projects                  

  • Multimedia Web, Video, and Music Producer, Sep 2014 - Dec 2015

-Conducted research and published feature articles, data-driven infographics, and opinion columns

-Researched strategies for marketing videos on social media

-Filmed, edited, and published videos and music clips for the Daily Cal YouTube channel at least once every 2 weeks

 

Webmaster and Marketing Writer, U Music Education Foundation

Fremont, CA, Jun 2014 - present

-Design, write, and revise the school’s website content, internal policies and procedures, biannual newsletters, internal surveys, brochures, social media posts, and other marketing materials

- Enhanced the school’s website and updated it with the most recent schedules, photos

-Translated documents between English and Chinese for students and parents

 
 
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