Hi, I’m Derek Mei.

I’m a Boston-based designer and developer, amongst many other things as well. Here, I host a blog that I (mainly infrequently) update, my design and development portfolio, and a plethora of ways for you to get in touch with me.

Currently, I lead design at 3Play Media in Boston and also attend Bentley University as a part-time graduate student pursuing my Master's in Human Factors in Information Design. On the side, I run a design agency called Umeita Design, which specializes in working with startups and small-to-mid sized businesses to improve the user experience of their digital products.

Upon graduating from Boston University 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.

The path to discovering my love for design was never a linear one, but I’m grateful to have found something that has permeated my life in so many ways and passionately fuels my desire to improve myself and the things I work on everyday. In addition to digital product design, I also have an interest in architecture, interior design, and graphic design, and many other things as well. Principally, understanding how people interact with the stimuli and environments around them is a topic I find extremely interesting, and is probably the impetus behind what originally drove me to the fields of human factors and experience design.

I hear from a lot of people that designers tend to be perfectionists and never achieve a state of equilibrium or happiness. I wouldn’t say that’s the case. Rather, I would say that good designers are never content – always trying to improve the products and technologies that they work on. My approach and mindset in every aspect of my life adhere to this standard, and I would say that’s a good thing, because that means there’s always something to strive for.

Among my accomplishments, I’m most proud of working with many high-profile companies, such as Aetna, Hubspot, Neurometrix, PGA Tour, and Putnam Investments. I’m also proud to be the first one in my family to finish college, and also pursue graduate school, although none of this would have been possible without the support of my family, friends, and mentors.

Right now, I’m looking to connect with like-minded people who are passionate about sharing knowledge and pushing each other to succeed. In particular, I’m interested in sharing knowledge with experts in the development, business, real estate, and design fields. Over time, I’ve discovered that the best relationships are the ones where a diverse group of individuals are willing to open share ideas from different walks of life.

When I'm not working, you'll either find me playing (or watching) basketball, reading a physical book, writing about a variety of different topics on my blog, or trying new beers. Right now, I’m obsessed with Thai culture and music, learning guitar on my replica Strandberg, and planning for the next big stage of my life.

If you want to work with me, talk over drinks, or just say hi, feel free to reach out to me through one of the buttons below or by email.

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Drinking a beer at Allagash Brewery near the fireplace
Allagash Brewing, 2019
Two separate photos with Chris Do and Jared Spool
Meeting Mentors Chris Do and Jared Spool, 2019
Grabbing dinner in the North End of Boston with three friends
Dinner with Friends, 2019
Celebratory photo with my three teammates in front of Putnam Investments hackathon logo
1st Place Putnam Hackathon Team, 2018