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Hello, I’m
Jhea ︎︎

I’m a multidisciplinary designer and aspiring design and creative director, seeking full-time opportunities this fall of 2021 and 2022 year.

I value sociological narratives, design research, and creative strategy in my collaborative process of designing pleasant and meaningful product experiences for humans & communities.

As a recent graduate of UC San Diego with a B.A. in Sociology (Law & Society), I am passionate about exploring how designed societal systems and technologies shape how human beings create digital communities, navigate through fixable frustrations, and adapt to emerging modern tools in order to meet our daily modern needs.

Currently designing & researching @
︎  UCSD Design Lab: Diabetes Design Initiative
︎  Cinema Sala, platform for Filipinx American filmmakers

Upcoming @
︎  Visible Hands Designers & Engineers Program
︎  San Diego - Tijuana World Design Capital 2024



Over 1 in 10 Americans are diagnosed with some type of diabetes. Despite millions affected, the quality of diabetes education accessible today still poses major learning curves that cause serious challenges for people with diabetes and their loved ones. Why is learning about diabetes so difficult? In 10 weeks, alongside a cross-collaborative team of fellow student design researchers and industry mentors, our team explores how diabetes education may be simplified into an interactive learning tool.

Interaction Design
Data Visualization
UX Research

Diving into the world of early stage startup, our junior design team explores the various ways mobile app learning can transform how college students and professionals of all ages can effectively learn public speaking.

Design System Building
Interaction Design


Through need-finding and exploratory research, our team dive deep into the lives of people who are aging with Type 1 Diabetes, understanding the roots of their frustrations that span from unforseen changes in health to larger institutional barriers.

UX Research Methods
Needfinding Research

Workshop Facilitation


© Jhea Espares, 2020

“Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.”
– Anthony Bourdain

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