MIKI ASO
Interaction Design

MIKI ASO

Current position
Co-Founder, CSO at Friends
Skills
Service Design
User-centered Design
Design Research
Usability Testing
Design Thinking
Ethnography
User Research
InDesign
Design Strategy
Experience Design

Social

THE COURSES

  • Research Methods

ABOUT

Miki Aso is co-founder and CSO of Friends, a collaborative design and innovation company based in Brooklyn, New York. As CSO, she leads the strategy and design research practice for Friends.

Miki works alongside teams and leaders to transform the relationship between companies and people. She is constantly in search for new ways to support our partners as they do things they’ve never done before and believes that design is as much facilitation as it is vision.

Her 6 years of experience spans client work from large hospitals to start-ups. Prior to starting Friends, she worked in healthcare innovation at Veryday and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. At MSKCC, she worked to develop a patient centered strategy that looked at the whole person rather than the disease. This became an institutional priority supported by the intentional design of systems, services, spaces, and communications.

Miki is motivated by humanity, finds magic in the ordinary, follows curiosity, and is active in the design for social good community.

Experience

  • Co-Founder, CSO
    Friends
    March 2015 – Present | Greater New York City Area

  • Design Strategist
    Veryday
    May 2014 – March 2015 | Greater New York City Area

  • Design Innovation Group: Design Research and Strategy Associate
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    October 2012 – May 2014 | Greater New York City Area

  • Design Innovation Group: Freelance Design Researcher and Strategist
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    September 2011 – October 2012 | Greater New York City Area

  • Design Innovation Group: Design Research and Development Intern
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    June 2011 – August 2011 | Greater New York City Area

  • Design Research Associate
    Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) Lab
    June 2010 – December 2010 | Greater New York City Area

  • Strategic Innovation Intern
    ioby
    June 2010 – September 2010 | Greater New York City Area

  • Creative
    Independent Designer
    2001 – 2009 | Greater Los Angeles Area

  • Education

  • Parsons School of Design
    Bachelor's of Science, Service Design & Environmental Studies, 3.6
    2008 – 2012

  • University of the Arts London
    1 year certificate from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Metal and Jewelry Arts
    2006 – 2007

  • El Camino College
    Associate of Science (A.S.), Fashion Merchandising
    1998 – 2001

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