Chris Ota
Hey, I'm
Chris Ota
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธUSA
Product Designer
at
Lyft
I joined as a mentor on
July 13, 2020
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Hey, I'm
Chris Ota
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธUSA
Product Designer
at
Lyft
I joined as a mentor on
July 13, 2020
โ˜•ย  Iโ€™m mentoring
Portfolio Review,
Career Advice,
Interview techniques,
N/A
Leadership
๐Ÿ’ฌ I speak
Korean,
Swedish
English,
N/A
Spanish,
French,
Mandarin Chinese,
Hindi,
Standard Arabic,
Urdu,
Russian,
Portuguese,
Dutch,
Italian,
German,
Bahasa Indonesia
Romanian,
Greek
๐Ÿ’ผ I have expertise in
UX Design,
UI Design,
Product (UI/UX),
N/A
Design Research,
Design Writing,
DesignOps,
Visual (Design Systems, etc),
Interaction Design,
Motion Design,
Graphic Design,
Creative (Brand, Arts, etc),
Service Design,
Design Recruiting
๐ŸŒŸ My Mentee Reviews (#)
To tell us about your ADPList mentorship experience
November 20, 2020

Chris is such a welcoming and thoughtful mentor! He spent more than the allotted time reviewing my portfolio, answering my questions, and giving me great feedback and tips. Most importantly, he started off our session telling me about himself and his career path and then asking about my background. After our session, he sent me an email with additional resources that very clearly demonstrated examples of the feedback he provided. He's a very experienced, thoughtful Product Designer and it shows!

Written by
Brooke ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
November 18, 2020

I was so amazed by Chris's attention to details when he was reviewing my portfolio and my design work, he pointed out a list of things in my design that can be improved further, and gave very thoughtful and candid suggestions. On top of that, talking with him feels like a therapy!

Written by
Crystal Shan ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
November 16, 2020

Chris was very warming and welcoming! It was really cool to learn about his career journey and himself. We did a portfolio review and I loved how thoughtful he was when giving critique in every detail. That helped me out on how I can provide a better storytelling in my case studies. I felt like I was able to ask a good amount of questions without feeling scared to ask. Overall, his expertise was very valuable and I look forward to meeting with him again!

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Minh tu Huynh ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
November 12, 2020

Chris was very friendly and easy to talk to! He was also extremely detailed with feedbacks and made sure to check if I had any following questions. Not only was he open to share his design experience but he also genuinely wanted to hear about my experience and interests as well, making our session a casual two-way conversation (which is exactly what I wanted)!

Written by
Sharon ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
November 11, 2020

Knowing Chris past experience in detail and his best practices has helped me be more open minded and creative. His way and knowhow on how to approach a problem and how to solve it has shown me different ideas. I really enjoyed talking with Chris, he is caring and he really invest his time to talk to people.

Written by
Laura ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
October 15, 2020

I really enjoyed my session with Chris. He approached me with a lot of positive energy, was open to share his knowledge and answer all my questions. He is clearly passionate about what he does and mentoring others. I highly recommend talking to Chris, whether you are already an experienced designer or looking for advice on where to start :)

Written by
Marta ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ
October 15, 2020

Chris is an awesome mentor! He is friendly and very focused on menteeโ€™s needs during the session. By looking closely my portfolio website, he analyzed it, found improvements and recommended solutions. He also provided extra materials that I can get useful insights. I strongly recommend him as he encourages me to pursue UX designer career.

Written by
Bitnoori Lee ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
October 10, 2020

Chris is very down to earth kind of person and made the whole experience very personable. It was very easy to share my weaknesses as a designer with him. He offered valuable resources that has helped me grow my design skills. As a 18 year old designer breaking into UX design industry, Chris helped me plan out my 5 year career journey and defining what exactly I wanted to accomplish each year. I left the conversation with more confidence and a new reason why I love to design.

Written by
Chelsea Bishop ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
October 7, 2020

Chris was extremely thoughtful with his answers and provided actionable steps to improve myself. I loved how his unlimited session allowed me to ask big questions that normally would have taken up the whole session!

Written by
Jason ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
October 5, 2020

Chris is such a kind and considerate mentor. One of the best sessions I have experienced with actionable career advise, careful portfolio critiques, and genuine conversations. I was able to reflect on my journey as a designer and how I can improve on my current foundation. Highly recommend!

Written by
Kiara ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
October 4, 2020

I had an amazing mentorship session with Chris. He was sincere and nice, genuinely listening to my experience and evaluating my career decision. We then did a portfolio review and he gave me super valuable feedback, including how to improve storytelling for the problem space, how to make changes to my slides to highlight important process, etc. He is a great mentor.

Written by
Yunjie ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
October 2, 2020

Chris was extremely genuine and patient in our mentoring session. He took the time to review my portfolio beforehand, which added a lot of value to our session. He gave me really insights into how I can improve my portfolio and my presentation skills!

Written by
Shravya Simha ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
October 2, 2020

Chris puts more effort into mentorship sessions than the average mentor. He reviews all materials that might be relevant to your discussion before meeting and tries to understand what your needs are from the beginning of the mentoring session. This allows him to better understand what you are going through and enables him to calibrate his answers, so that they don't go over your head. I also appreciated his candor. A lot of mentors try to tell you your work is ok and to just keep doing what you are doing. Chris has the knowledge and experience to be able to tell you what you can start thinking about to learn faster and help develop a more senior mindset.

Written by
Jung Oh ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
September 22, 2020

I loved that Chris took the time to review my portfolio before our meeting and had great insights on how I can refine the story I was telling with each project. During our 1:1, Chris was able to create a space where I felt comfortable and was able to reflect on my journey as a designer so far. Through our conversation, I definitely feel like I had a better sense of my own story.

Written by
Nupur ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
September 21, 2020

Chris gave me actionable advice that I can implement immediately. He helped me take a step back and encouraged learning more about other pathways in design to get a better idea of what fields best fit with my interests โ€” which will ultimately make the job hunting process easier with a clarified vision. Thank you Chris!

Written by
Samira ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
September 16, 2020

Chris is so kind and caring ;) He double checked our meeting time to ensure we are on the same page. During our conversation, he shared so much about the interview process, things to pay attention to during portfolio presentation, as well as his inspiring design story! I have learned a lot! Thank you so much Chris for the amazing help!

Written by
Ruyi Chen ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
September 15, 2020

Chris is down-to-earth, friendly, insightful and eager to share his design knowledge! I had the chance to connect with Chris over a video call, where I asked for a portfolio review and tips for navigating the interview process as a budding designer - I received this feedback and so much more! Chris took the time to really understand where I was at professionally, and provided advice to get me to that next step. Itโ€™s very clear that he is passionate about his craft and willing to reach back and pull up others on the same path - thank you, Chris!

Written by
Misael ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
September 7, 2020

Chris is an awesome mentor! He was friendly and very focused during our session. To ensure we have an efficient meeting, he confirmed the meeting multiple times and gave me pre-advice to help me get started. During the session, which we ended up going over time (and he was totally okay with it), he gave me clear and honest feedback on how I can improve my presentation and portfolio. I could tell he wanted me to succeed by the way he was proactive in identifying gaps in my work and giving me suggestions. His passion and talent in design really showed through our session, and that really inspired me to give back to the community in the future. I already learned so much from him! Go Chris! :)

Written by
Heather Kim ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
September 7, 2020

Chris offered genuine feedback on my portfolio and on my case studies. He was extremely kind and genuinely helpful and genuinely wanted to see me grow in my career. I would love to go back and chat with him again.

Written by
Mudit Kakkar ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
September 1, 2020

Chris was incredibly helpful and supportive. He gave valuable advice on how I could improve my portfolio. As a new designer unfamiliar with the industry, Chris gave me really insightful advice on recruiting and interviews as well. He offered a lot of guidance on how I can continue to grow as a designer, improve my design thinking processes and how to better present myself and stand out through my portfolio website.

Written by
Grace Leeswadtrakul ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
August 31, 2020

I loved how Chris dived deep enough to clear all my doubts and directed me to evolve my design portfolio. He is crystal clear about his thoughts and very inspiring. I had a fantastic session with him.

Written by
Debanjana Saha ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
August 31, 2020

Chris was incredibly friendly and approachable from the get-go. He gave me a lot of sounds and thoughtful advice throughout our call. Thanks to Chris, I'm happy to say that I now have a lot of actionable items I can take in improving my portfolio.

Written by
Kristina Wang ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
August 31, 2020

Even before our mentoring call, Chris was really generous with his time by reaching out to extend our scheduled session. I also appreciated how he created a safe space where I felt comfortable voicing my anxieties about being a career-changer breaking into the industry while also supporting my aspirations. He provides actionable feedback without judgment and I'm excited to update him on my future progress! Chris shared nuances about the industry that I haven't otherwise heard about based on just researching myself. On top of implementing his feedback on my design skills, I will reflect on my unique qualities to add value to a company's culture.

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Emily Y ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
August 31, 2020

He was really down to earth, easy to talk to, and clearly passionate about mentoring others. I could feel that he genuinely was interested in helping me grow as a designer and I really appreciated the advice he gave me. He also took the time to review my portfolio before our mentoring session and shared really thoughtful insights on how I could improve my case studies. I feel like I learned so much from Chris and that he genuinely impacted my journey as a designer through his mentorship. Thank you Chris!

Written by
Irene Chen ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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