1. Hello!
    My Name is
    Philson Nah

    I design and build innovative & engaging digital experiences. Read on to learn more about me.

  2. about

    Name: Philson Nah
    Email: philsonnah@msn.com
    Phone: (65) 9696 6686
    Nationality: Singapore
    MBTI Type: INTJ
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    about me

    Hello

    I'm a Researcher, UX Designer, Photographer & Frontend Developer from Singapore.

    As someone who has always been fascinated by the intersection of technology, design, and business, I constantly research and stay updated with the latest developments in the space. I have experience working with project teams on managing the implementation and delivery of apps and services. In my free time, I enjoy photography, workouts at the gym, trade cryptocurrencies, and offer freelance IT consulting and development for clients.

  3. skills

    Research

    Exploring modern technology trends. Analyzing existing problem areas. Offering innovative perspectives.

    Plan

    Structuring project requirements. Organizing key milestones and timelines. Managing clients and vendors.

    Design

    Evaluating existing UX issues. Crafting creative solutions. Prototyping and testing design ideas and concepts.

    Code

    Developing hybrid apps using HTML5. Integrating online services and APIs. Deploying apps with Cordova / Electron.

    01. Web Apps

    02. Hybrid Apps

    03. UX Design

    04. IT Consulting

    Without aesthetic, a computer is but a mindless speed machine, producing effects without substance, form without relevant content or content without meaningful form.

  4. education

    Education is not preparation
    for life, education is life itself.

  5. experience

    • 2014 - 2016

      DSTA - Enterprise IT Engineer

      Engaged in project management work under the LEARNet project. Drafted IT governance standards and liased with vendors to ensure smooth implementation. Managed a team of contract staff for IT infrastructure maintenance. Proactively researched technologies and pedagogies in order to push innovation.
    • 2013 - 2013

      NUS - IS3102 Teaching Assistant

      Provided weekly consultation sessions for students to seek help on their project . Guided students in Requirements Analysis and development of Enterprise Systems. Helped troubleshoot Java EE and Web Development related issues.
    • 2013 - 2013

      IDA - SME Infocomm Enabler Intern

      Researched and analyzed different industries to identify key business challenges. Conducted interviews with local SMEs to gain insights on their business processes. Proposed solutions to boost productivity and increase ICT adoption.
    • 2012 - 2012

      Barterfli - Applications Developer Intern

      Designed and developed web templates for client facing e-commerce solutions. Coordinated and worked on projects with their IT partner Vidasprint. Introduced mobile app development to the team by producing a working prototype.

    Life is a journey with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.

    1. portfolio

      Other projects
      I've worked on.

      Aside from my full-time working experience, I have also worked on various projects throughout my academic study and during my spare time. In this portfolio, I have put together a collection of samples showcasing the different aspects and types of projects I have worked on.

      • Reports: research papers, case studies
      • Presentations: class sharings, slides
      • Designs: UI/UX prototypes, concepts
      • Photography: sample photos from my SNS
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    1. awards

    1. biography

      Frequently
      Asked
      Questions.

      Getting to know me better

      Having attended several seminars, workshops, and job interviews over the years, I have found that it is often difficult to truly understand the background of a person during such short interactions. Hence, I have compiled a list of commonly asked questions, facts and trivia about myself to help you understand me a little better.

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    2. interview

      Interview

      01. Please tell me about yourself

      Hello, my name is Philson. I was previously working with DSTA as an engineer managing IT projects. After my stint with DSTA, I proceeded to further my studies and graduated from NTU with a Master of Science (MSc) in Information Systems. These days, I spend my free time staying updated with the latest IT news and trading cryptocurrencies. For hobbies, I enjoy photography and going for regular workouts at the gym. Currently, I am searching for overseas opportunities as a front-end developer to broaden my horizons and to contribute my technical expertise as part of a multinational team.

      02. What's your greatest strength/weakness

      I would say that being a perfectionist is both my greatest strength and my greatest weakness. When it comes to working on projects, no matter how big or small, I always insist on putting user experience at the forefront and bringing a high level of fit and finish to the final product. While it often takes me a little more time to carefully plan out and craft my work, the results as seen from the examples on this website, is an overall higher standard of quality. I look forward to working with experienced development teams to contribute my perspectives and learn how they strategize to deliver high quality products and services in a timely manner.

      03. What's your greatest achievement

      In the past, perhaps I would have highlighted all of my academic achievements. Nowadays, I realize that there is so much more to life that just paper qualifications. Seeing my uncle succumb to multiple illnesses, and my own mother afflicted with stroke, spurred me to take a more active approach to managing my health and improving my fitness. I started scheduling regular gym sessions, putting together research based workouts, and sticking to strict meal timings. I am proud to say that I have since cut more than 25 kgs by myself, without the help of any personal trainers. Pushing through week after week of intense training sessions requires a significant amount of determination and mental fortitude, but I do believe that the process has made me a stronger person and that these qualities will carry on over into any prospective work that I engage in.

      04. Describe a work challenge you overcame

      My role at DSTA required me to liaise with the military, my department superiors, and IT vendors, and their priorities were all not aligned. The military sought after the latest features, while my bosses focused on budget and timeline constraints, and vendors grappled with techinical issues. In order to address this challenge, I organized numerous meetings with key military officers to really understand their training needs, offered solutions, and proposed prioritizing critical functions while deferring additional enhancements to future updates. This allowed for military training to proceed undisrupted, for vendors to catch up, and for the project to be delivered smoothly.

      05. Why did you leave your previous job

      As someone who is always looking to learn and grow, I am constantly searching for avenues for personal development. During my time at DSTA, I was able to find many ways to contribute and learn from the team. With the successful delivery of our LEARNet 2.0 Portal project, it felt like the right time for me to take stock of current progress and seek new paths for growth. As I was looking to broaden my horizons, I charted a plan to further my education and seek out career opportunities abroad.

      06. Where do you see yourself in 5 years

      I envision myself working towards becoming a product manager over the next 5 years. In order to be a good product manager I will need to not only possess strong technical knowledge, but also be able to coordinate cross-functional teams and make decisions in light of broader business objectives. To achieve this goal, I intend to start out by building a solid foundation as a front-end developer working in a company of talented and experienced engineers, progressing my way up while deepening my understanding of the company's business operations. Career goals aside, I am also looking to challenge myself to grow out of my comfort zone by living overseas and adapting to new experiences.

      07. Why should we hire you

      What sets me apart from others is my broad-based skill set. Unlike some programmers who only focus on coding, I am also able to appreciate the implications of business planning decisions. As evident by the works in my online portfolio, I am able to critcally analyze the business domain to craft IT solutions to meet your needs. Additionally, I have a good eye for design and always strive to bring a high standard of quality to whatever project I work on. Most importantly, I am constantly eager to learn and adapt. If you are looking for someone with a broad-based skill set to work on innovative products and services, then I will likely be the right fit.


      Other Trivia
    3. trivia

      Trivia

      01. I've been coding since 12 years old

      May not sound like much today, but back in 2001 when we were still on dial-up internet, I was already borrowing HTML bibles from the library and using 'view source' on websites. I guess that probably set the early foundations for the path I'm on today.

      02. I run my own crypto trading bots

      Fuelled by my interests in fintech and cryptocurrencies, I've deployed several experimental bots using Node.js on AWS to do 24/7 trading. While the trading algorithms are being refined constantly, they give me opportunities to study machine learning and technical analysis.

      03. I learned how to solve a Rubik's Cube

      One day, when I was bored of the long waiting times we had during national service training with the army, I decided to borrow a friend's Rubik's Cube. Totally stumped, I referred to YouTube tutorials, which didn't help much. Eventually, I figured it out intuitively and can now solve it under 2 minutes.

      04. I have a junior black belt in Karate

      When I was a kid, I trained under the Shitoryu Karate Association for about a decade from the age of 7 to 16 years old. While it was originally the cool TV shows that made want to join, I benefited not only from the self-defence techniques and physical training, but also the discipline that it instilled in me growing up.

      05. I like English, Chinese & Japanese music

      Music is a key part of life whether you are happy, sad, relaxed or stressed out with work. My favorite bands for English music are Linkin Park, All Time Low, and Simple Plan. For Chinese music, I like F.I.R., Wang Leehom, and JJ Lin. These days I listen to Japanese music by GARNiDELiA, ONE OK ROCK, and Aimer.

  6. contact

    Get in touch.

    I'm always game to take on challenges and explore new opportunities. If you have any queries or ideas you would like to discuss, do feel free to drop me a line. Examples of some of the services I provide include:

    • IT consultancy: innovation & planning
    • Web, Mobile app design & development
    • Photography (portrait/product), Lightroom
    • Currently, also looking for a fulltime job :)