Cella Sum

Meet Cella

Cella Sum

Hi there! I’m currently a Software Engineer at Big Cartel, working hard to help artists and makers make a living doing what they love. Previously, I was a developer at Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and REI. I’m a Master of Human-Computer Interaction (MHCID) candidate at UC Irvine and hold a B.S. in Computer Science from Shippensburg University.

I am passionate about UX and am interested in the intersection between design and development and how I, as an engineer, can be a meaningful contributor to the UX process. I have a strong desire to help researchers and designers test drive new concepts, through the use of wireframes, prototypes, and usability testing. I also am an advocate for design systems and architectures to help bridge the gap between design and development.

I care deeply about building an inclusive tech community and have volunteered with organizations like Philly Tech Sistas and Coded by Kids. Additionally, I served as a mentor at CareerFoundry, where I helped students grow the skills they need to become future web developers and designers.

In a past life, I played in a few punk bands, acted in a short film, and currently am working on a zine of my photography.

I live, work, and play in Los Angeles with my pup, Kuma.