• GrillUp with Shiva : Rare Conversations. Done well. Designing a panel discussion that engages the participants, the audience and has enough information to take away is a challenge. Most often it leads to droning experts on the podium and an uninvolved crowd. There are a few drivers the DesignUp team defined to make a panel work. And work hard at that. Driver #1 […]
  • 12 User Experience Questions: UX Design Education Demystified I have been teaching and mentoring User Experience Design students for a while now. Recently, Vikalp Jain, Founder, and President of AcadGild – an online learning portal based on virtual classrooms – interviewed me on camera about user experience as a vocation and a career. While the setup resembles Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns, I […]
  •  What is happening to User Experience Design practice? – Part Three And I am almost done. Welcome back to the final part of this series. This extension is more about realising the value of user experience design for a brand or a business.  The biggest fear for a UX designer in a startup is getting marginalised to do cosmetic work on marketing assets or worse, presentations. […]
  • What is happening to User Experience Design practice? – Part Two Continuing the rant from where I left, there is more corrective action needed to make user experience designers and departments effective or valuable to a business or a brand. Two more shortfalls: Context is king There is a rather strange breed of user experience designers who are enamored by the glamour than the effectiveness of […]
  •  What is happening to User Experience Design practice? – Part One Things are not all good on the ivory tower of user experience design. While business leadership is touting Design Thinking as the theoretical path to salvation, front-end developers, web designers and the driftwood of technology are shoring up at UX Design to redefine their purpose. This, unfortunately, has led to the dilution of empathy and […]
  • User Experience Design Course: Acadgild.com User Experience is more about people than technology. It is about how you and I interact with small instances of technology products while we go about our lives. The way we use a personal computer to write a poem, the Internet to find a recipe for a cake or book tickets, our phone to reach […]
  • Thirst-day Exhibit 16: The Broken Story Movies become art after editing. Instead of just reproducing reality, they juxtapose images of it. That implies expression; that’s art. – Alejandro González Iñárritu The structure is intrinsic to any art form. Most often the underlying structure defines the genre like modern jazz in music, Haiku in poetry or a three-act play in a theatre. […]
  • From the Archives: 50 years of Indian Design – 2010 Pool Interview The advent of 50 years of Indian design has made sixth issue of Pool magazine revisit this long journey from inception till what design stands for in contemporary India today. As a part of this editorial search they interviewed professionals in the industry. I was proud to be one of them. This post is an […]
  • Rehash: Four tips for young graphic designers Graphic design never was and never will be solely about making things pretty. It is about presenting information appropriately – persuasive, useful and usable. Like how the lay of a piece of land dictates the design of a building on it, the underlying structure of content and concept defines the look and feel. So typography, […]
  • Short Post, Found Content: Tom Kelley deconstructs Design Thinking Fail often so you can succeed sooner. – Tom Kelley While in this World all and sundry are touting design thinking, while I have started to get uncomfortable with the term as much as I am uncomfortable with ‘innovation’, there are a few who can pragmatically break it down for us. Tom Kelley, a pioneer and […]