I'm Colleen, but some people call me Koko.
My name is Colleen Kiyoko Pualani Barrett.
Kiyoko represents my Japanese American culture.
Pualani embodies my roots in Hawai'i Nei.
Hapa is what I am. A person of partial Asian descent.
My love for design began as a child. I was often the only student in my class absurdly ecstatic about the upcoming poster project or powerpoint presentation. Yup, I was that kid.
Today, I find joy in creating visualizations through observations, research, and personal experiences. I believe that successful designs require genuine curiosity and collaboration.
The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice by: Rosanne Somerson
Pure Beauty: Judging Race in Japanese American Beauty Pageants by: Rebecca Chiyoko King-O'Riain
Hapa Japan by: Duncan Ryuken Williams