About Me

Derek Khaothong is an user experience specialist based in the SF Bay Area.


“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.” — Noam Chomsky

Let’s Get Personal.

Hi, I’m Derek Khaothong. My last name means ‘Golden Mountain’ in Thai. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, where I currently reside today. I studied cognitive science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

I explore the fields of visual design, technology, and behavioral science to apply interdisciplinary perspectives when I design experiences. I take pride in learning about others’ stories and asking “why?” to be more insight-driven.

I’m currently at Medallurgy UX on a project-based basis doing user research and volunteer for Inneract Project. In the past, I’ve worked for UCLA’s Computational Lab and UCLA Radio. I’m looking for full-time opportunities in user experience design or research.

Outside of design, you can find me noodling on my guitar, cooking up tasty meals in the kitchen with others, and hiking in the Bay Area.

Let’s Chat.

I’d love to talk: opportunities to collaborate, my experiences as a first-generation college graduate, or design research.

Shoot me an e-mail and we can work something out!

Contact Me