JENA MCWHIRTER

Hi! I'm Jena.

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
BDES INTERACTION DESIGN 2021
MY STORY AND MISSION

I come from a skateboarding and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture. After high school, I was passionate about traveling and adventure. I went on international trips with Converse Shoes and Thrasher Magazine to Denmark, France, China, and Thailand. Later, my fascination with the unknown found a place to flourish at UW's School of Design. I quickly became immersed in the journey of understanding and problem solving that coincides with being an Interaction Designer. Overall, I strive to create invigorating experiences that benefit people, communities, and ecosystems.
I happily design with research, data, imagination, and fellow humans.

SMALL BUSINESSES

I have founded two craft businesses with product placed in brick and mortar stores as well as online platforms. My jewelry has been placed in four Seattle boutiques and my gift giving supplies have received a "Bestseller" badge on Etsy. Running two businesses while maintaining a full workload in school has been both magical and challenging. I have gained valuable experience in time management, customer service, analyzing markets, and developing a unique product offering.


BOOKS THAT INSPIRE ME

just finished_ Staying With the Trouble by Donna Haraway

currently reading_ Data Feminism by D'Ignazio and Klein

up next_ Discursive Design by Bruce M. Tharp, Stephanie M. Tharp