UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Ngan Hoang (she/they) is a designer and artist, who is passionate about accessibility and equity. Over the last decade, she’s dedicated herself to building more human-centric, intuitive, and inclusive spaces and products within the technology industry. She’s worked with small startups to high-profile brands such as Vox Media, Automattic, and The Washington Post. Recently, she relocated from Washington DC to Austin TX, where she’s pursuing a graduate degree at UT Austin, as a Master of Arts in Design focused on Health candidate. Through thoughtful and empathetic design solutions, she hopes to inspire positive change within health systems to be more value-based, integrated, and focused on improving patient experiences and outcomes.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL INSPIRED?
As a refugee and first-generation immigrant from Vietnam as well as the first in my family to go to college, I’m most inspired by my pa’ents. They’ve sacrificed so much in order to provide me a better life and more opportunities they’ve never had. Their resilience and selflessness encourages me everyday to practice compassion and kindness towards others in everything that I do.
IF THERE WERE NO BARRIERS AND CONSTRAINTS, WHAT PROJECT WOULD YOU WANT TO WORK ON?
I am a huge advocate for self-care and mental health, especially being neurodivergent as well as being diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I’d love to work on a project that shifts perceptions and helps eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health.
WHAT ARE YOU READING/LISTENING TO/WATCHING?
My friend Philip just lent me “The Truth About Keeping Secrets” by Savannah Brown, which I’m super excited to read. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Kehlani, specifically “Altar.” Finally, I’ve been watching season two of “The Great” on Hulu.