Hey, I’m Derek Mei, a multi-disciplinary designer & developer specializing in data-heavy web and mobile applications.


Hey, I'm Derek Mei. I currently work at 3Play Media in Boston as a UI/UX Developer am also a part-time graduate student pursuing my Master's in Human Factors in Information Design at Bentley University.

On the side, I co-run Umeita Design, a design agency based in Boston that specializes in working with startups and small businesses to improve the user experience of their digital products.

Upon graduating from BU last year with degrees in math, business administration, and computer science, I've found a happy medium working in an industry I love while combining my creative and analytical mindset with my technical expertise. My strengths lie primarily in implementing high-level design thinking across different teams, helping bridge the gap between designers and developers, and optimizing the entire user experience all the way from conception to implementation.

When I'm not working, you'll either find me playing basketball, writing about a variety of different topics on my blog, or trying new beers. If you want to work with me or just want to say hi, feel free to reach out to me through one of the buttons below or by email.


2019: The Year of Practicing Wellness

Published 9 months ago

As the new year starts, my theme for 2019 is wellness - practicing it and being more mindful of its eight dimensions.

Reflections on Design: Our Profession, Ethics, and Responsibility

Published 9 months ago

We’ve been so focused on sharing our work and promoting the things we make that we lose sight of other important duties that accompany our roles as designers.

Hooked on Loot Boxes

Published 12 months ago

Nir Eyal’s Hooked Model explains how games keep players coming back.

Why Developers Should Know How to Write

Published 1 year ago

Writing well can be a catalyst for success, whether it be in the realm of personal growth, professional development, or social prosperity.

How to Become an Effective ScrumMaster (and What to Expect Your First Month)

Published 1 year ago

A collection of thoughts I've compiled during my brief stint as ScrumMaster at Putnam Investments.

Past, Future, Presence: Dealing with Anxiety and Living Life with a Perpetual Fear of Death

Published 1 year ago

This past year, I finished several books on the topic of death and mortality, most of which are personal memoirs. As I continue to grow older, this is a topic that constantly waxes and wanes in and out of my mind.