Chia (b. 2000, tondo) is in radical pursuit of the web, words, & worlding — entwining themselves in a world where no being is irredeemable. Based in New Haven, finishing up their senior year studying Computing & the Arts at Yale.
Previously, they've coded & designed at Spotify, Kumu, Rappler, and many startups & community organizations. Incoming Product Designer at Figma exploring design tooling, education, and communities.
Presently focusing on creation, music writing, and community building. Specifically nurturing Filipino technologists at Developh, running a studio & fun events at Design at Yale & Friends of Figma at Yale, crafting an artsy game engine for my thesis, and launching an experimental press/label/whatever out of my studio apartment.
Also I am making a book (but it's a compilation). ALSO I'm very interested in music journalism, working with independent labels, etc. on design/web/community. If it wasn't clear enough, my practice is about gathering—what people create when the potential of making is shared and ubiquitous.
Here's my resume. Portfolio available upon request. Currently open to freelance work. 🌸
Broadly interested in: net art, worlding (read: maintaining a paracosm, cartography, conlangs), systems, tooling, indie games, speculative design, archival, internet histories, field recordings, making shitty ambient music, how everyone deserves a biography, slow cinema, long poetry, editing Wikipedia, and falling in love with my friends. 👋 Talk to me about any and all of this!
Selected Publishing & TalksWorlding a New Philippines Design is Fantasy — UX+ 2021
You can find most of these on my blog, chias.blog because I never publish anywhere else.
Most Recent Posts
Link dump of experiments, projects, and other fun stuff. A dream to be prolific, to create more than I consume, and to collaborate with those I love.The saddest designer. An incremental. Community advocate at QBO. Internet histories at badinter.net Bisita, a recollection. A website is a world. Upcoming interactive fiction workshop. Investing in Filipino students. Khaenri'ah Lore Project. In defense of disorder. Las Pinas-based product studio. An ethical design book club with Bianca. Twitter for a multiverse 12 years in the making. Website for a friend's album. The Punishing of the Philippines. Being in love. A week-in-the-life of students during the pandemic. Resources for Filipino students exploring tech. A state, some motorcycles, and a startup. Two-way surveillance. The radical need to collaborate. Pedagogy against dictators. Fundraising for Filipino students. A love poem. Presidential Hopefuls A radio show about GPA dropping. (Fall 2020) A universe in sound, after Orteil's Nested. My Sophomore Review. Some girls sharing recs. PH companies and compensations. A Topsters alternative. Girls and God. Round. Of presidents playing god. Newsletter on Philippine tech, written by me. Pinoy videoke on your browser. All in life must come round. Zine on Philippine abortion forums. Fifteen. Time, videogames, and self. Taking place the day after you die. Women & queer-focused Asian literary pub. A Song for Our Fathers. National Poetry Month 2018. Work from age 16 and before. A place behind the sea.
(In order of most frequently used to least then the music stuff, also generally @hotemogf everywhere)