Howdy, the name's

Angela Liu.
I like building things.

I’m a human-centric, design-minded technical founder based in Seattle and San Francisco 🌁. I started designing and building at the age of 8— ever since, I've always strived to create things that are both-parts impactful and delightful 🤸, with the user at the center and a strong focus on craft. I like to think through storytelling and building, much like the building blocks of my custom Monument Valley inspired illustration shown here.

Most recently, Co-Founder at Needl (YC S22). Previously, Microsoft AI. Back in my university days, I worked 3 part-time jobs concurrently to earn my accelerated degree— grit and sincerity are old friends of mine, and I'm always open to chat about new ideas!

Designer. Engineer. Founder.

01. About Me

Hi! I'm Angela, Co-Founder of Needl, a YC-backed AI productivity platform. Previously, I designed and built responsible AI products across the full AI lifecycle at Microsoft . And before that, I worked on the agency end (more below). From the doodles that covered the walls of my childhood room to the wireframes that fill my computer screen today— I've always loved creating things.

I leverage the natural tension between design and engineering to build impactful things, and particularly enjoy designing novel, human-centric solutions for archaic, age-old problems— which is precisely why I founded Needl, a new way to work that's both unified and intelligent. At Microsoft, I also leaned into transforming existing spaces using human-centric design with a focus on craft. From as early as my 18 y/o-self's intern work to recent work leading AI R&D initiatives— I’ve honed in on building delightful, human-centric experiences. I build for customers humans.

Before my big tech and startup ventures, I conducted HCI and UX research in the adversarial ML space on how to defend against deepfakes, scaled out design at the Data Science Institute as the founding designer, and organized local hackathons in Chicago and Seattle. And before that, I founded and ran an independent art & design studio for many years, stemming from my first job (fun fact!) as curatorial intern at a contemporary art museum.

When I'm not on Figma or VS Code, you can probably find me exploring the city on 35mm, raving about Kengo Kuma's latest work, browsing second hand pieces at or baking a little too much.

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Communications Design Lead

American Red Cross Youth | July 2017 - July 2018

During my term as Communications Design Team Lead, I lead a group of individuals in charge of spearheading communication design initatives for the American Red Cross' youth volunteers, including the official youth volunteer website and newsletter, with accumulations of over 1 milion views and over 40,000 subscribers, respectively.

I also designed materials for the American Red Cross (ARC) National Youth Council's projects, including the Pathways Project and annual rosters. Working directly with the branding and design teams at ARC National Headquarters, I've collaborated on the creation of many resources for youth, including the Activity Guides and Club in a Kit projects.

Curatorial Design Intern

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston | Sept 2016 - June 2017

I co-curated the Origins of the Self exhibition, featuring the work of a select few Houston artists, promoting diversity and inclusion.

I also designed promotional material for museum exhibitions and outreach events using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.