Hi! I'm Jon Maloto,and I'm passionate about User Experience Design.
In August 2008 I completed my Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University.
The previous year, I graduated from Northwestern University
with a dual bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering
in March 2007. Completing graduate studies
were a part of my long-term goals of obtaining a career in the field of
and user interface engineering
Outside of my academic interests, I enjoy watching movies (and critically deconstructing
them), reading about the latest gadgets, producing all sorts of digital work,
playing my guitar, and the occasional jog. I also have a curiosity for
as a result of growing up in large cities.
Born in The
, I grew up in Hong
after relocating there with my family in 1992. Living
in the British colony for 10 years has given me a mixture of British, Chinese,
and Filipino influences.
I graduated from South Island
in 2002 after completing A-Levels
Physics, Mathematics and Media Studies as well as AS-Levels in Chemistry and
Further Math. While these subjects helped prepare me for undergraduate studies
in engineering, my interest in HCI was born when learning about audience theory
and cognitive theory in Media Studies and the importance of creating media
that matches the expectations of its audience.
During my undergraduate studies I developed my understanding of communication
networks, digital signal processing, hardware design, and software engineering.
at Northwestern emphasized early on the importance of teamwork
and design skills for the professional engineer –
skills that I was able to apply in my co-op placements at Mythryn and Peel
The theoretical knowledge I obtained in the classroom was complemented by my
involvement in extra-curricular activities. In particular, my interest in HCI
blossomed while serving as webmaster for a number of student groups. During
my time as a Residential Networking Consultant in the campus residence halls,
I encountered several situations in which users expressed their frustration
with software and general computer use, highlighting the importance of
creating user-centered products.