ūüĎč Hey, I'm Alik

Head of Design, Health Product at Cash App
& Lecturer at the University of Washington

I'm a product design leader with over 16 years experience focusing on design ethics, systems design, and design education.


My Expertise

Design Ethics

I believe everyone in technology has a responsibility to be ethical. I integrate design ethics as a practice into my work and push companies to reduce harmful outcomes.

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Design Strategy & Direction

As an experienced design team lead, I regularly contribute org level design strategy and help to shape future direction through design-first product thinking.

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Human Centered Design

I am a strong advocate for Human Centered Design and use this approach in every project. I partner closely with UX Research to deeply understand the people I design for.

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Systems Design

Most of my experience has been for designing complex systems. I specialize in taking on ambiguity and complexity and turning it into a clean exeprience.

Design Ethics Work

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Avoiding ethical harms when scaling global humanitarian programs

The Red Cross/Red Crescent's Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) program has been helping at-risk populations recover from disaster for over 30 years. I consulted with the Red Cross/Red Crescent to audit potential ethical harms that may arise from scaling this program with new technology and developed design principles to help protect these at-risk communities.

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Designing a more inclusive patient intake experience

Many people in the LGBTQ+ community ‚Äď especially those that are transgender or gender non-conforming ‚Äď face a number of challenges in the healthcare system. I worked with Planned Parenthood to address their patient intake experience to be more inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations.

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Designing a more ethical way to help teen's mental health

At the University of Washington, I partnered with healthcare researchers who specialize in teen mental health to design more ethical data collection and intervention strategies.

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Product Design Work

Just a heads up! Most of my recent work is NDA and cannot be fully published online. However, I'm always happy to share some of that work in person.

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Facebook Enterprise Design
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Google Flights E-Commerce
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Alaska Airlines E-Commerce
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LSpire Real Estate CRM UI Design
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Ian Shop E-Commerce Product Design
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WiO Fitness Product Design
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Companies I've worked for

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I'm passionate about design education.

In addition to my role as a Product Designer, I am also a design educator and design career mentor. I teach design classes at the University of Washington in the Human Centered Design and Engineering program, as well as at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle. Classes include User Centered Design, Visual Design for UX, UX Design Capstone, and more.

For one on one design career coaching, I offer online mentoring through Superpeer. Mentoring is available to designers early in their career who need help getting started in the industry, as well as more mid-level and senior designers who would like support in their development as a design leader.

I am also launching a YouTube channel dedicated to discussing design career growth! Stay tuned for more updates.

Alik is a fantastic product design partner. I have worked closely with him for ~ 1.5 years on various design and strategy projects for Facebook's Enterprise landscape. Alik is highly skilled in visual design, user experience and deeply understanding and creating user interaction patterns.

Jyothirmayee Mocherla

UX Researcher @ Meta

Alik's role as a User Experience Designer in our design team has been instrumental in making insightful decisions for our Loyalty products and streamlining our content updates. I am his counter-point in the design process and he is incredibly easy to work with, is empathetic to how we work together and encompasses much passion for the process.

Laurel Simone

UX Designer @ Hulu

Alik has a great sense of professionalism and commitment to quality. His experience, adroit observation, and work ethic made it easy to work alongside Alik. I knew I could count on him to offer support, advice, and thoughtfulness at the right moment. I really enjoyed working with Alik.

Nina Carduner

Sr. Dir. Business Development @ Tango Card