About

I am a human-centered designer passionate about the intersection of design, technology, and behavioral science.

Growing up, I was a maker. From doodling and painting to making my own jewelry and clothes, I did it all. Oddly enough, I also enjoyed math, even though it wasn’t my best subject. Later I realized what I loved about math was process-driven problem-solving. I enjoyed the challenge of trying different methods and learning how each part of the system fit together to complete the puzzle.

In December 2020 I graduated with a B.A. in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication from UT Dallas, a unique degree that allowed me to exercise both the analytical and creative parts of my brain.

I enjoy letting imagination and curiosity drive me in projects while also flexing my analytical, methodical way of working through problems through strategic and service design thinking.

I love to travel and explore new cities with my husband, meet interesting people and learn about different cultures and ways of living.

Traveling consistently opens my eyes to the many perspectives and unique stories each person has to share, teaches me to challenge my assumptions, and pushes me to strive for accessible, universal, human-centered design.

  • Beautiful views from Twin Peaks in San Francisco

When I’m not working, you can find me enjoying a cup of chai at a small, local cafe, traveling, learning new skills at Meetups, or listening to fascinating stories on RadioLab.

Some groups I eagerly participate in include UX Research and Strategy, Big Foresight, AIGA, User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA), and Service Design Network (SDN).

Let’s connect!

abdullasumayah@gmail.com

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Published Works:

CodeX – “Human Before Artificial: Thoughts on Rana el Kaliouby’s ‘Girl Decoded'”, February 15, 2021.

UX Collective’s ‘Bootcamp’  – “5 lessons I learned as a design student that led to success”, February 3, 2021.

AIGA Dallas Fort-Worth – “How Design Students Can Gain Experience without an Internship”, August 24, 2020.

Media Appearances and Interviews:

WeTalk – “Evolving from Graphic Design to UX”, April 2, 2021.

Project Pluralist – “Empathy by Design”, September 10, 2020.