Chia is crafting radical systems for creators & communities.
Working on over two dozen projects at Developh with student founders to wearing different hats in early-stage startups has made me love building both independently, and with people. Pushing code, pixels, product, and bringing people together fascinate me. I've scaled three week projects to reach millions of people, and have done this over and over.
Since middle school, I've been in love with worldbuilding & cartography—artifacting a fictional universe (its systemes, inhabitants, stories, and worlds) I work on til today. Beyond that constant, I write, build community for thousands of students at Developh and in the Yale Women's Center—questioning how in the age of mass creation we must move to inclusivity and the less dystopian.
Right now: I'm especially interested in the browser as a form. Our everyday interactions with the web can be so much more—why has it remained stagnant for so long? Why is it still so difficult to employ basic a11y practices?
Laying out infrastructure, democratizing information, scalable documentation & communication, and architecting design & code with intent are some of my principles. Progress is not made by mindless feedback loops for instant growth; we must act with scale and time in mind. Creation to me is moving beyond standards and patterns, actively seeking breakthroughs.
If you enjoy my writing, experiments, or creations, I have a Tinyletter I send out every few months.