Human-Centered Design Portfolio


A full-stack designer, an amateur photographer, a world wanderlust

Education :

Master in Design Studies, Technology

Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

MIT Media Lab



Research Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
Tangible Interfaces
Computational Design Lab
Product Design and Development
City Interaction Design Studio
Design of Useful and Usable Interactive Systems
Intelligent Multimodal User Interfaces
Digital City Design Workshop
Affective Computing
Cognitive Augmentation
Product Management
Principles and Practices of Assistive Technology
Design Across Scales, Disciplines and Problem Context
Projection Mapping in Public Space
Hands on Foundations in Media Technology
Immersive Experience: Gaming Technology
Paper or Plastic: Reinventing Shelf-life in the Supermarket
Responsive Environments: CITY eMOTION
Media Ventures
Autism Theory and Technology
Digital Design and Fabrication


My name is Yan Liu, a Master in Design Studies (MDes) student at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Before coming to GSD, I have worked at several Architecture and Urban Design consulting firms in Singapore, Boston, Paris and Hong Kong for two years. 

I have a strong design background and experience in different types and scales of design including Product, Interaction, User Experience, Service, Architecture, Urban and AR/VR. Currently I am working as a AR/VR Lab Teaching Assistant at the Harvard Innovation Lab, mainly in charge of teaching Unity, 3D Modeling, Augmented Reality and Design Thinking to students; training them how to use the equipment and giving demonstrations to visitors who are interested in learning about AR/VR. I have also worked at MIT Media Lab and focused on a data-driven, evidence-based approach to modeling and simulating cities using various tools developed for the CityScope and Citymatrix platform.

After coming to the Harvard GSD, I have become increasingly interested in the intersection between art and technology. I am looking for an opportunity to immerse myself in the real working context, and I am excited to put what I have learned into practice.

I am looking forward to meeting you!



Visualization: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere, Sketch, Invision

Programming: C#, C++, html, css, Javascript

3D Modeling: Rhino, Grasshopper, Maya, SketchUp, KeyShot, AutoCAD, 3dsMax, Vray, Cinema4D, Fusion 360, Blender

Interaction: Unity, Kinect, Leap Motion,  Processing, MadMapper, Eye Tracking

Fabrication: Milling, CNC, Laser cutter, 3D Scanning & Printing, Molding, Composites

Electronics: Electronics Design & Production, Arduino, I/O, Interface & Application