Hi, I’m Alex! I’m a designer, writer, and martial artist based in Chicago.

About me

Image description: portrait photo of me sitting outside on a park bench in the sunlight. I’m facing the camera and smiling, wearing a blue and white floral print and shiny blue chainmaille necklace by Rebirth Garments. I’m Chinese, and I have tan skin and short black hair. Photo by Jerico Domingo.

Image description: portrait photo of me sitting outside on a park bench in the sunlight. I’m facing the camera and smiling, wearing a blue and white floral print and shiny blue chainmaille necklace by Rebirth Garments. I’m Chinese, and I have tan skin and short black hair. Photo by Jerico Domingo.

My pronouns are they/them. 🏳️‍🌈

By day, I’m a UX designer who specializes in user research and accessibility. I believe that access to technology is a human right.

Design and technology tie directly to ethics and oppression, and I write about it whenever I can. Check out my Medium for more.

I practice martial arts as a tool of resistance and healing - specifically Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kali/Eskrima, and Boxing.


 Access Guide

Image description: photo from above of colorful yellow, purple, turquoise, and red-orange cards, my open sketchbook with handwritten notes, my closed laptop, and an ube latte drink all on a hardwood desk surface. Photo taken at First Sip Cafe in Argyle.

Image description: photo from above of colorful yellow, purple, turquoise, and red-orange cards, my open sketchbook with handwritten notes, my closed laptop, and an ube latte drink all on a hardwood desk surface. Photo taken at First Sip Cafe in Argyle.

Access Guide helps you make accessible products and websites. ♿️

Accessibility is the process of making something more usable and available to people, with a focus on the needs of disabled people. I believe that an accessible product is as essential as an entrance with a ramp, and yet the digital world is littered with inaccessible products

But it’s not that easy to be accessible - tech teams have it hard with limited time, resources, and knowledge. That’s why I’m creating a tool that provides an introduction to accessibility that’s exciting and understandable instead of dense and overwhelming.

Access Guide is my main side hustle outside of my day job. I am working with a rad group of people to bring you some rad resources. Interested in learning more? Check out this info packet and github repo.


Art & Collaboration

I love and support my community of artists (especially queer artists of color)! These are some collaborations I’m lucky to be a part of. 🌸

Rebirth Garments

Rebirth Garments is a wearables line for the full spectrum of gender, size, and ability. I’ve modeled for a number of shows and photoshoots, and designed a line of laser cut earrings with them. Check out their etsy! ✨

Image description: photo of me crouching in a fighting distance and holding my Eskrima sticks above my head defensively against a purple background. I’m wearing a blue vinyl and chainmaille vest inspired by traditional Filipino armor, and blue leggings with thigh cut-outs, silver trim, and furry dangly straps. I have curly and pointy makeup in purple, blue, and black on my face and arms. Outfit by Radical Visibility Collective. Makeup by Jerico Domingo. Photo by Colectivo Multipolar. Performance at Chicago History Museum, March 2018.

Image description: photo of me crouching in a fighting distance and holding my Eskrima sticks above my head defensively against a purple background. I’m wearing a blue vinyl and chainmaille vest inspired by traditional Filipino armor, and blue leggings with thigh cut-outs, silver trim, and furry dangly straps. I have curly and pointy makeup in purple, blue, and black on my face and arms. Outfit by Radical Visibility Collective. Makeup by Jerico Domingo. Photo by Colectivo Multipolar. Performance at Chicago History Museum, March 2018.

 

Performing drag

Sometimes I dress up as a drag king (Tofu Daddy) or a drag queen (Tofu Mama) as a fun way to explore gender, identity, and performance with the rest of Chicago’s queer nightlife. I’ve performed at Dyke March, Luya Poetry, and TRQPiTECA. 💁🏽‍♀️💁🏽‍♂️

Image description: photo of me as Tofu Daddy flexing and snarling on stage against a blurry leafy green background. I’m wearing geometric lace basketball shorts, a metallic and black sheer crop top, metallic black chainmaille necklace, and brown leather wristband. I have a turquoise painted beard on and thick black eyebrows for makeup. Outfit by Rebirth Garments. Photo by Mayra Cortez. Performance at Chicago Dyke March, July 2018.

Image description: photo of me as Tofu Daddy flexing and snarling on stage against a blurry leafy green background. I’m wearing geometric lace basketball shorts, a metallic and black sheer crop top, metallic black chainmaille necklace, and brown leather wristband. I have a turquoise painted beard on and thick black eyebrows for makeup. Outfit by Rebirth Garments. Photo by Mayra Cortez. Performance at Chicago Dyke March, July 2018.

 

Martial arts zine

I helped create a collective of QPOC (queer people of color) martial artists. In July 2018 we created a zine about how we move trauma through our bodies by training called The Body. Some of our collective members teach inclusive self-defense at Haymaker Chicago. ✊🏽

Image description: photo of a copy of the zine open against a background of several other copies. The cover says “the body” repeatedly. The open spread says, “My body separately needed that ritual, the space to physically manifest the fighting happening within.” Words by Atlas Tann. Design by me.

Image description: photo of a copy of the zine open against a background of several other copies. The cover says “the body” repeatedly. The open spread says, “My body separately needed that ritual, the space to physically manifest the fighting happening within.” Words by Atlas Tann. Design by me.

Hit me up

Reach out if you’d like to:

  • Ask me about Access Guide and/or for accessibility support

  • Ask me to perform drag

  • Fight me

  • Report an accessibility issue on this website
     

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