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Gerry Chu



I'm a UX Designer and Researcher with a passion for mobile apps and websites. I've designed iOS and Android apps for clients such as Target and REI. I'm an advocate for user research, usability testing, and rapid prototyping within my organization. Collaborating closely with developers and visual designers is vital to ensure my designs are both feasible and pixel-perfect.


University of Toronto, Canada

MSc, Computer Science (HCI), DGP Lab, 2007
Advisor: Prof. Ravin Balakrishnan

Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA

BS, Human-Computer Interaction, Mechanical Engineering. May 2006
Graduated with University Honors, GPA: 3.70


IxD - Adobe CS, Omnigraffle, Fireworks, Visio, wireframes

User Research & Testing - Personas, scenarios, task analyses. Contextual inquiry, think-aloud, heuristic evaluation. Design of controlled experiments and statistical analysis.

Prototyping - Edge Animate, Javascript, Jquery, XCode Storyboards, Flash, HTML, PHP, SQL, C#, Java

Engineering - Arduino, Solidworks, Matlab, machining

Languages - Spanish, Chinese

Awards and Press

Best UX, Startup Weekend Seattle, Jan 2012

Honorable Mention, ICTD 2009 conference

Best Paper Award nominee, CHI 2009 conference

My work as been featured in the Makezine and Wired blogs, Marketplace from NPR, Engadget, Slashdot, New Scientist, and MIT Technology Review.


Deloitte Digital / Ubermind

Senior UX Designer and User Researcher, Seattle, WA, May 2011-

Lead the creation of user research, usability testing, and prototyping services at Deloitte. As a UX designer, designed the REI Snow Report app for both iPhone and Android, the indoor mapping feature of the Target iPhone app, and the lists & registries feature of the Target iPad app. Designed responsive websites. As a user researcher, conducted interviews with groups such as dockworkers and small business owners, created personas and scenarios. Created a cross-platform mobile usability test rig, ran usability tests on iPad apps and paper prototypes. Prototyping with tools such as Adobe Edge Animate, jQuery, and Proto.io. Worked within an Agile framework, communicated clearly with developers, filed UX bug reports.

University of Washington

Design Engineer, Seattle, WA, March 2009-April 2011

Hasso Plattner Institute

Visiting Researcher, Potsdam, Germany, Nov 2008-Feb 2009

Microsoft Research

Research Intern, Redmond, WA, June-Sept 2008

Microsoft Research India

Research Intern, Bangalore, India, Jan-May 2008

Robotics Institute

Research Assistant, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004-2006


Design Engineering Intern, Wilsonville, OR, Summer 2005

Mentor Graphics

Web Design / Engineer Intern, Wilsonville, OR, Summer 2001

Selected Mobile Apps

Target iPhone Target iPad REI Snow Report iPhone REI Snow Report Android trutv Android

Other Projects

Featherweight multimedia nanoTouch Cleaning tools Soundx


Dorkbot Seattle, "Water, Fountains, and Interactive Art", Feb 2011
UBC, "Haptic Mousewheel and Conviction Widgets", Aug 2007


Gerry Chu and Tomer Moscovich. Haptic Conviction Widgets. In Proceedings of GI 2009 - Graphics Interface conference. 4 pages.

Gerry Chu, Sambit Satpathy, Kentaro Toyama, Rikin Gandhi, Ravin Balakrishnan, and S. Raghu Menon. Featherweight Multimedia for Information Dissemination. In Proceedings of ICTD 2009 - the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development. 11 pages. Honorable Mention.

Patrick Baudisch and Gerry Chu. Back-of-device Interaction allows creating very small touch devices. In Proceedings of CHI 2009 - the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 10 pages. CHI 2009 Best Paper Award nominee.

Teaching Assistanceships

User Interface Design, Hasso Plattner Institute, Fall 2008
Design of Interactive Computational Media, University of Toronto, Fall 2007
The How and Why of Computing, University of Toronto, Spring 2007
Capstone Design of Games, University of Toronto, Fall 2006


Seattle Design Festival

Volunteer, 2012

Staffed the Hipstamatic Show booth for IxDA.


Volunteer, 2009-2011

Created communication device customized for girl with motor disabilities due to cerebral palsy.


Mechanic, 2002-2006

Used composite materials to help build a vehicle for a university competition.

Oregon Watersheds

Volunteer, 2000-2002

Volunteered for an organization dedicated to bring fish back to urban streams.

Food Drive

Volunteer, 2003-2005

Organized a food drive for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.