Hello! My name is Zoë (zo-way) Chinonso Ene.
I am a Nigerian-American Industrial Designer who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in June 2017. I currently work as a Designer at Microsoft.
I enjoy developing new design concepts and innovating with like-minded people. I am a firm believer in the power of "designing with" rather than "designing for" and advocate for design thinking as a tool of engagement and empowerment. I am also very interested in exploring the role ornament plays in today’s design. At what point is the unique swallowed up by the necessary? Can ornament play a healthy and significant role in functional design? I think about these questions a lot and consider said balance in my work.
I design with uniqueness in mind. I come from a vibrant cultural history. A culture that birthed its own intricate aesthetics and means of graphic communication (Check out Igbo Uli design). I pay homage to that through my consideration of the marriage of fluidity and function.
I refrain from calling myself a “maker”. It’s become too cliché a descriptor. Rather, I am a contributor. A contributor to the kind of creativity and design that moves people forward and celebrates the idiosyncratic.
I’m on a journey to become the best at what I do. Along the way, I hope to work with amazing humans and build invaluable experiences.
In my free time, I’m usually trying my hand at perfecting family recipes, making silly faces with my nieces over Facetime, and filling my pocket-size grey sketchbooks with concepts and ideas.