Hello, world.

I’m Chris Ota, a San Francisco-based interface designer working at Apple. I am passionate about researching problems and solving them through design while providing a pleasant user experience.


My Work



I am currently in the Apple Maps Engineering team designing and building a custom dashboard reporting system from the ground up with a focus on data visualization.

Features include a streamlined chart creation system, C3 integration, annotation and threshold creation, email reporting and alerting, and more.

User Experience Documentation, Design, HTML/CSS


Headquartered in Chicago, Clearstream came to us looking for a custom dashboard reporting system. Built from the ground up, I worked closely with engineers and stakeholders during many different steps of the process.

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User Experience Documentation, Design, HTML/CSS

School Kine Cookies

School Kine Cookies was looking for a custom, backend dashboard system to help teachers manage local cookie sales in Hawaii. After launching, there was a 98% adoption rate with a steady increase of sales.

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Wireframes, Design, HTML/CSS


Being the largest local wireless provider in Hawaii, Mobi PCS wanted to wanted to provide the best online service to its customers by allowing them to check call history, data usage, pay bills, add plan features, and buy phones.

Working closely with our developers, I assisted in creating the bill-pay and plan selection features of the website. Since a style guide was provided, the design process was skipped and I went from wireframes to static HTML/CSS implementation.

Wireframes, HTML/CSS

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Mall Design

A large mall was looking for a redesign to improved the user experience of visitors, both local and international.

A mobile-first approach was taken when first starting the project. I was involved with creating user-experience documents (touchpoints, site audit, competitor analysis, sitemaps, responsive wireframes, user personas, customer and stakeholder interviews) and designs for multiple platforms. Unfortunately, the project was put on hold indefinitely because of matters outside of our control.

Wireframes, Design, HTML/CSS

Resort Design

A local hotel and resort chain needed to refresh the look of their site and wanted to focus on reducing the amount of time it took to book a room.

We worked closely with the client to focus on their target audience while trying to onboard a wider variety of customers.

The project was put on hold mid-way through the process of design and was never launched for reasons outside of our control.

Wireframes, Design


Things Around SF

Since I am not a San Francisco native, I have become more aware of my surroundings and environment. To reflect this, I started an illustration series called "Things Around SF". Each illustration was created for fun in a couple of hours. Enjoy!

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I like to test my front-end capabilities in CodePen from time to time. Whether it is illustrating something in pure CSS or squashing an annoying visual bug, I enjoy the challenge in trying to accomplish something new.

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Chris Ota Interface Designer

10 Years Ago...

I graduated from Kapiolani Community College with a degree in Interface Design and began my career working for different agencies in Hawaii. Wanting to be more active in the design community, I volunteered my time as a board member with AIGA Honolulu and taught front-end development at a local community college.

In 2015, I packed my bags and decided to move to San Francisco for a fresh start and to immerse myself in the world of design.

If I'm not running to k-pop, I'm watching a Miyazaki or anime flick, shopping for sneakers, or trying to save money for that Eames Lounge Chair.

Good design is long-lasting.



What Non-Designers Don’t Realize
Illustrations Using Only HTML & CSS
Lessons For Aspiring Designers