Creating an “about” page for yourself is an exercise in narcissism, and I’m vaguely uncomfortable with everything that follows.
With that being said:
Nice to have you here. My name is Brooks Eakin. I’m originally from Texas and call Austin home, but I’ve been living in Asia (first in Taiwan, then in Shanghai) since 2014. I studied anthropology and English in university, presumably because I was woefully unfamiliar with the concept of employability at age 18.
I’ve had jobs in industries ranging from consumer tech to education to real estate, but most of them brought me back to the intersection of anthropology and technology. This area, combined with research and a bit of creative flair, is commonly known as user experience (UX) design.
UX is where I hang my professional hat, and I’ve been lucky enough to find fulfilling and challenging work at startups and established firms alike. This field, which has only really emerged in the last decade, exists as an arcane confluence of traditional design, technological innovation, anthropological & ethnographic research, creative writing, and data analysis.
All of this is just to say: UX design very much my jam.
But enough about work. This website is about more than just UX.
In addition to showcasing some of my design projects, this is where I post my writings on topics near to (and on occasion extremely, viscerally distant from) my heart. Like many others, I sometimes find myself hopelessly entranced by some far-flung or obscure subject, or violently and pathetically frustrated with this issue or that.
When I can make myself, I write about these things.
I’ve been writing about creativity and tech since 2010, but my focus has broadened in recent years as I slowly realized that there’s no rule against mixing up your subject matter when the spirit moves you.
Some of my more relatable interests include:
- Non-digital technology
- notebooks, fountain pens, and journaling
- Obscure history
- Chinese culture and history
- Music composition
- magical realism
- literary fiction
- Game design
- Hiking / walking / flânerie
- Blockchain & cryptocurrency
- Long-term travel
- Leftist politics
- Dead Languages
- Old English / Anglo-Saxon
That’s enough about me. If you’ve made it this far, let me buy you a drink sometime. You’ve earned it. We both have.