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People love stories. Stories are what we make in present and what makes our past and the future. They’re the prime factor of our thoughts, traits and character. As a species, I don’t think we can ever get enough of them. We crave for them while watching a film, reading a book, attending a presentation or meeting a new person. Speak stats & data and no-one cares, weave a story and you have their attention. This is something we as designers have been exploring (and exploiting) for quite some time. …

I’ve never been that excited for a year to end as I was for the year 2020. I think that makes the most of us. The world flipped over, we got home caged and the weirdest things which seemed too far-fetched even for imagination happened. We all had our share of bad experiences and conveniently blamed it on the year. So, when 2021 walked in, I for one, was too hopeful to see a drastic turn of events and improvements in every aspect of life. …

In doing so, don't you fall in trap of ending doing everything by yourself. The solution in your brain is now ready for everyone to see and work with. Doesn't this in a way cut down their (other designers in the team) natural process of aligning their thoughts with yours. Now they can simply work with what you've provided because if a solution is given by design manager, it must be the best.

I do not wish to counter your opinion here but I feel 'how-about-this' is also not the ideal solution to the stated problem.

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I’m an architect turned UX Designer and have been working in the field of UX for nearly 2 years now. My journey started right after my graduation and I was lucky enough to land a dream job without any prior experience or knowledge. In all this while, I managed to pick up a few things about the domain and completed a little over 25 projects (UX mostly) for a web platform. All the projects I’m referring to here are live for anyone to see and use. But if you ask me for my portfolio, I don’t have one.

It’s not…

I gave an entrance exam earlier this year and the result came in today. At my scores, there are no chances left for me to ever make it into one of the most prestigious institutes in India. It ended today, but it started more than 9 years ago.

14 years old me wanted to be a software engineer, do coding for a living and hopefully make it big. When you see such a dream in India, the obvious next step is to try to get into IITs to improve your chances of getting somewhat near to it. I wanted it…

UX case study

Overview: Designing a portal for jurors to evaluate competition entries/ submissions.

Client: ,a web platform for designers focusing on crowd-sourcing design solutions and making design more accessible.

Timeline: Nov 2019 — Jan 2020

Background is a web platform that organizes design challenges and has one of the largest competition catalogues. Although UNI had an evaluation portal since the beginning, it was in a way disconnected from other products. So, in our efforts to unify the platform, we needed to develop a new portal (integrating existing one posed technical constraints and compatibility issues). …

A little context

I completed my Bachelors in Architecture from the ‘School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi’ and as part of the course requirement, I had to write my thesis in the final semester. My architectural thesis project was based on designing a proposal for the National Center for Arts (NCA) at IGNCA lawns, Central Vista, New Delhi. A thesis is usually one of the most memorable periods of academic life and mine was no exception. Looking back, there were many ‘accidents’ which seem like a fun story now, things I’m proud of till date and things which I wish I would’ve…

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Project overview: Dashboard design to effectively communicating data to relevant people

Client:, a web platform for designers focusing on crowd-sourcing design solutions and making the design more accessible.

Timeline: September 2020 — Feb 2021

Tools & Skills: Figma, Adobe Xd, Illustrator along with an in-depth study of data visualization techniques and principles of communication design.

Role: Responsible for the entire design grounds up from ideation to developer handoff.

Introduction: Dashboards on UNI platform were envisioned to be a one-stop destination for all statistical information regarding a particular entity. Since UNI has multiple features for varying user groups, one dashboard…

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If there’s one thing in my 2020 bucket list which I could proudly tick off is to develop a reading habit. I read many titles in 2020, thanks to lockdown but listed below are the ones which stood out to me in some way or other. So, here goes my list of top 7 books:

  1. Animal Farm: A rather small but great novel by George Orwell which talks on the topic of communism and capitalism through the lens of farm animals. While reading this book, I found it tough to stop myself drawing parallels of the characters with actual politicians…

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