David Lu

I'm a designer with a wide-ranging background in computer science, psychology, sound, and art. I specialize in very early product development — iteratively thinking and prototyping to bring meaningful form to the unknown.

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CurrentlySelf · Freelance Designer · Portland, OR
Mar 2016—Sep 2018Microsoft · Principal Designer · Redmond, WA · Intrapeneurship with an emphasis on user research, iterative prototyping, and product-market fit.
Jan 2015—Feb 2016FiftyThree · Principal Designer · Seattle, WA
Jan 2011—Apr 2012FiftyThree · Freelance · Seattle, WA · Co-wrote the ink engine of the drawing app, Paper V1. Impact: 1.5M downloads within 3 days of launch.
Oct 2010—Mar 2012Microsoft · Senior UX Designer · Bellevue, WA · Developed demos that impacted the prototyping workflows of Bing Maps, Bing Mobile, and Windows Phone. Helped incubate Edibly, an app that helps buyers and sellers at ephemeral markets connect. Impact: pilot launched at Pike Place Market.
Jan—Apr 2010Microsoft · Freelance · Seattle, WA · Iteratively prototyped core features of Courier, a then next-generation pen tablet.
2008Various · Freelance · Various cities, US · Prototyped a working e-reader with the UX team at Teague. Wrote generative architecture tools that helped MOS build a pavillion at MOMA PS1. Implemented an award winning, branded Google Maps installation at NYC Visitor Information Center.
Sep 2005—Feb 2007Microsoft · UX Designer · Redmond, WA · Ideation, research, and storyboarding for future vision videos.
Feb—July 2005Frog · Freelance · New York, NY · Led information display effort for trading floor tools, with a 65% first year adoption rate (compared to industry standard of 15%) and $36M in first quarter sales.
Sep—Oct 2004IDEO · Design Intern · Palo Alto, CA · UX Research in the Software Experiences practice.
Jun 2003—Aug 2004Pentagram · Design Intern, then freelance · New York, NY · Kinetic typography and dynamic signage prototyping.


2002—2003Interaction Design Institute Ivrea · Master's studies in interaction design · Ivrea, It
1992—1998Rutgers College · BA Computer Science, Economics, Psychology · New Brunswick, NJ · triple major