Hi, I'm Michelle Quach.

I'm a designer and writer living in Los Angeles. You could say I've been training to be a design thinker my entire life.

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I've always been curious about everything.

Growing up, I read a lot of books. For an only child of immigrant refugees, this was the best (and sometimes only) way to learn about the wider world. Even as a kid, I loved the thrill of stumbling upon something new and doggedly learning everything I could about it. 

My first obsession was learning to write well.

My love for reading lent itself to an affinity for words, and pretty early on, I became fascinated with the pursuit of precise expression (especially the idea of le mot juste, my favorite precise expression of all time). I was also interested in stories of all forms: as an undergrad at Harvard, I studied history and literature and ran a student life blog for The Crimson. In my free time, I wrote ballads for ukulele.

Then, I discovered the world of design.

I was working as a paralegal at a big NYC firm when I realized two important things: 1) I did not want to go to law school, and 2) I wanted to become a designer. I was drawn to the prospect of being able to create useful things and joyful experiences; I was also energized by the challenges of creative problem-solving. I moved back to LA and began studying graphic design and user experience at UCLAx—and I haven't looked back since.

These days, I bring a multi-disciplinary perspective to research, storytelling, and design.

I currently work as a graphic designer at a branding strategy firm. I will think you're cool if you talk endlessly about issues in diversity, equality, and cultural representation, and/or you also have a soft spot for comically oversized objects.