monica regalado ❤

monica regalado ❤

gadigal land (australia), she/her


Design researcher. Lifelong student of everything. Want to responsibly and respectfully make good things pleaseeeeeee. Say hi!


Learning & sharing & foraging & gardening & thinking

Trying to write.... 🤷‍♀️

Work Experience

2020 — Now

Working on tools for visual communication and creativity with a lovely team. Studying how people act and think, and co-building a new research culture ✨

2022 — 2022
Tutor at University of sydney

Teaching a new class on qualitative research in interaction design.

2018 — 2020
Ux researcher at Google

Working on public transportation experiences @ google maps

2017 — 2018
Ux researcher at Airteam

Design research for clients in various domains; pregnancy, non-profits, education, movie discovery, and more

2017 — 2017
Teaching assistant at University of sydney

Taught undergraduate students about human-centred product design, prototyping, and research methods.

2016 — 2017

Made digital spaces more inclusive through evaluative research with people with disability and consulting digital teams.


2022 — Now
Anthropology at University of Sydney

Part-time diploma.

2020 — 2021
[Discontinued] Master of urban planning & environment at RMIT university

Edit: Oopsies i dropped out 🥰

Urban Planning is more-than-human-centred design for cities, environments, and policies. I'm currently doing subjects on governance, social justice, applied social research, urban and environmental problems. This is a personal interest, but it enriches my design and research thinking in many ways.

2015 — 2020
Bachelor of design computing at University of sydney

This degree was a smorgasbord of interaction design, human-centred computing, human-computer interaction, creative programming, and random photography electives that I snuck in.


Designing ethnofutures research projects at Ethnography Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC)

Learned how to design future-thinking studies, in further time horizons, to create strategic foresight. Taught by The Institute For The Future (IFTF) at EPIC.

Using analogs to research the unknown at Ethnography Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC)

Learned how to design a study for an environment or site I cannot reach -- outer space, under water, etc -- through analogous research.

Using theory in research: applying social and cultural frameworks at Ethnography Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC)

Upcoming - 6 week course

Side Projects

Speaking and outreach

I used to speak about collaboration, industry, and inclusive design at events including:

  • 2019 Girls in Tech Meetup / Academy Of IT - industry trends
  • 2018 uxRESEARCH Meetup Sydney - UX research panel @ Google
  • 2017 University of Sydney - Design and tech panel: industry trends
  • 2017 A11y Bytes Sydney - Make learning about accessibility more accessible
  • 2017 Girl Geek Dinners Sydney 2017 - Make learning about accessibility more accessible