Takao Umehara
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Takao Umehara

The Carnegie Foundation
Networked Improvement Learning and Support Platform (NILS)

As a lead designer for user experience for this project at ProjectEd.com, I led a development of the Networked Improvement Learning and Support (NILS™) platform by the Carnegie Foundation. This platform is to support social learning and improvement testing within networked improvement communities (NICs). NILS is an online platform designed to facilitate the initiation and development of NICs working on shared problems of practice in a disciplined manner. Its main goal is to promote social, organizational learning through curation and synthesis, as well as to disseminate tacit and explicit knowledge for improvement in education by moving much of what we currently do face-to-face in improvement practice into a virtual learning environment. Learn more at the Carnegie Foundation website.


Takao Umehara, Experience Design Strategy,  Lead UX/UI Design Direction (Phase 2 & 3)
Junko Bridgeston: UX/UI Design Direction (Phase 3)
Polina Soshkina: UX/UI Design Audit / Advisor
Allie Bogus: Project Management (Phase 2)
Melissa Kronsberg: Project Management (Phase 3)


DAILY SOCIAL PLANNING APP ux strategy and design

Chumm app



Northeast Innovative Design approached Takao to develop an entire app design that they had in mind. This start up company had a very rough idea of how the app would work but there was no wireframe, artchitecture, experience flow, etc.


I worked as a user experience director and creative director to set a UX strategy and design, as well as design for the product branding.


Since Chumm allows you to create, share, and coordinate social get-togethers with friends, we spend a great focus on making this three main feature easy to use without explanation.

creativity is everywhere

Takao Umehara, Experience Design Strategy,  Lead UX/UI Design Direction, Creative direction for product branding
Client : Northeast Innovative Design