New Delhi, India 🇮🇳
I started my job in QA for a chat application that aimed to unify people's Facebook Messenger, G-Talk and SMS conversations into a single window for each of their contacts. This was a startup, so I did a lot of user-research activities apart from my usual work.
My manager was a Product Manager and Interaction designer, and I found his role super interesting. We frequently had conversations around product and design that I absolutely loved. So, when an opportunity to work in a product and design role came up, I applied and got through. For the next 4 years, I worked as a Product Manager and interaction designer on a bunch of interesting consumer products.
Then, I left and took a sabbatical to figure out a bunch of things –– career direction being one of them. I emerged from it with a case study that got me a job as a lead designer at India's largest online travel portal.
I've worked as a full-time designer since.
I've always been curious about what makes people tick. Why we make the decisions we do, what are the biggest problems we face, and how we go about solving them. People are fascinating. Understanding them is like solving a puzzle or a problem. And, design is all about problem-solving.
Learning to understand an audience, a challenge that we want to solve for them, and then creating a solution and watching the impact is very interesting and motivating –– that's why I'm a designer.
I wake up around 5, meditate, journal and workout. The pandemic was a good opportunity to explore bodyweight workouts and now I find them better than going to a gym.
I put out food for a visiting neighbourhood cat, make breakfast, read a bit, and get started with the rest of my day. I try to wrap up creative work before noon, and I reserve afternoons and evenings for meetings.
I do my dishes and cleaning once the workday is over. Sometimes, I play a bit of piano to unwind –– I'm taking lessons these days.
Then, I read a bit more or catch up with a friend, and end up going to bed around 9:30 PM.
I use Figma, Slack and Zoom for work and coordination.
Notion for taking notes, to-do lists and tracking my workouts.
Firefox is my browser of choice, paired with DuckDuckGo as main search.
Spotify keeps me going through my day (and also when I'm having a house party with friends)!
Nothing in particular, actually. I've worked on niche products as well as interfaces that are used by millions of people. It humbles me, knowing how my work goes out to so many. I don't think we can fully comprehend the scale of our impact as designers. I use this to try and be as thoughtful as possible when it comes to design decisions.
In my spare time, I like to work on DIY projects. One of the projects I like is making glass tumblers out of empty alcohol bottles.
I'm a sucker for interesting Kickstarter projects, they can be really innovative and inspirational. My latest acquisition is a new-age musical instrument called Orba by Artiphon (https://artiphon.com/pages/orba-by-artiphon).
Music impacts me deeply, so making music excites me and lets me exercise my creative muscle in a different way. Orba lets me do that at my own pace and even while on the go.