René DeAnda
About Me

I love to create. I'm a product manager at Microsoft with a passion for learning and building. From self-taught coding to crafting the popular Delightful gratitude journal app, I'm on a mission to innovate and make a positive impact.

Family, friends, and creating things to help other people are the most important things to me.


  1. I have a deep passion for historical fiction literature and aspire to craft my own novel within this genre someday. An all-time favorite of mine is The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai.

  2. I've previously completed a half-marathon, and I'm eager to challenge myself by aiming to complete a full marathon in the future.

  3. Another dream of mine is to cultivate my own home garden one day.


What's my favorite mobile app?

My favorite app is the Amazon Kindle app because like I mentioned before I love to read. I appreciate the weekly and daily Reading Insights feature that encourages me to read everyday to keep my streak alive. I also like Kindle's Whispersync feature that allows me to easily switch between mobile and Kindle devices to keep reading where I left off. I also love to highlight books and export my highlights to PDF to read later, which as far as I know only Kindle devices allow you to send a PDF export of your highlights to an email address - it would be nice if this feature comes to the mobile apps.

What are your sources of inspiration?

When I started making mobile applications in 2015 I was a bit lost when it came to design. I started just paying attention to the applications I was using everyday on my phone that I loved. The app that I believe was ahead of its time with amazing UI/UX was the Wunderlist task management application. I loved the colors and functional design of the app. Over time, I've continued to stay up to date with Google and Apple design standards while keeping an eye out for apps that don't exactly adhere to the standards and in some ways shape the future design standards.

Beyond the surface, the most important source of inspiration to develop better apps is your users. My Delightful users have given me direct feedback that over time made me a much better product maker. As a product maker, it's awesome if you can be the user of your product but you have to get out of your own way and be conscious that you are not the only user of your product.