My journey so far


highs lows

It makes complete sense to me why I love being a tinkerer and designer today.
I enjoyed watching my dad fixing his bike and me opening old radios, vacuum cleaners and electronics.
Thanks to my beautiful big school, I was an observant kid and I had no problem being alone, although I have made friends for life.

My interest in computers and graphic design, copywriting landed me opportunities to work with film directors, social activists, and startups.
In the pursuit of taking professional education in design, I studied from prestigious National Institute of Design, the brainchild of Charles Eames, grounded in the Bauhaus design philosophy.
Now I constantly derive satisfaction being a designer from the fact that I'm able to contribute to building products that enhance everyday experiences of numerous lives and deliver delight.

Skills


Design Methods

UX and UI Design

I spend most of my time on this, talking to users, sketching user flows, mapping user journies and designing wireframes/mockups. Testing and doing all over it again.

User Research
After school, I rarely had to speak to real users for a couple of years as a Junior Designer. But lately, I learned it the hard way and talk to or gather all my understanding by interacting with my users first.

Design Tools

Paper+Pen

My favorite and I use it before starting to even think.

Sketch and Illustrator
I’m using it for almost everything w.r.t design now.

Invision and Framer
Novice, but I like to use it for prototyping and motion design.

Adobe Creative Suite
Almost all the Adobe tools for Presentations, Animations and Movies.

3D tools
Autodesk Fusion360 or Google sketch to create simple 3D product illustrations.

Programming and Others

HTML & CSS

I can build basic web pages and tweak CSS to refine the output.

Python
I love to write small utility programs or computer genrated graphics.

Javascript
I’m learning it for data visualization using d3.js libraries.

Product Management
Product planning and development methodologies, Agile and Lean methods..

Certifications
Deutsch A2 and TU Delft Professional Certificate in Electric Car Technologies.




Awards and Contributions


Awards

- Finalist and Young Scientist Award - National Children Science Congress 1999
- First Prize for Short Movie on HIV Awareness - AP Govt Health Department, 2006
- Top 50 Designs for Parking Space - Nissan, Designboom 2009
- $2500 Grant for "Rethink the Design" - GE Healthcare, Behance 2011

Publications
- Design for education in emerging economies - USID, 2011
- Richer Experience over mobile phone interactions - USID, 2011
- Design of automobile infotainment system for elderly drivers in Indian context - IIID, Vienna, 2011
- Multimodal Interaction with user’s forced exhalation - IEEE TechSym, IIT Kharagpur, 2011
- Real Time Traffic Information Research - Transport Expert Forum, Vienna, 2011

Contributions
- Creative Head - World Earth Hour, Hyderabad, 2007
- Graphic Designer - World Environment Day, WWF, 2008
- Information visualization Designer - Datakind, Bangalore, 2016

Workshops
- TRIZ & Design Thinking - Mahindra Satyam, Hyderabad, 2007
- Creativity and Design Thinking - Gyanville, Hyderabad, 2012
- Design Thinking - Technozion NIT Warangal, 2013
- Design Thinking for Children - Design Gyan, Prerna Waldorf, Hyderabad, 2015

Books I finished recently


Grit
The Design of Everyday Things
One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams Into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work
Driving Honda: Inside the World's Most Innovative Car Company
The Glenn Curtiss Aviation Book
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
An Ordinary Life: A Memoir
Man's Search for Meaning
For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future





My Observations