How to get started
This is an 8-week Internship program in Design Research, being offered to the students of Design. A Think Design initiative from its leadership, we wanted to offer this to students who may be facing uncertainties during this time and help them with positive utilization of time and energy while working from home. The structure has been designed to be conducted entirely online.
You need to be a Industry professional, Academician or a Design practitioner with the ability to guide team members. Duration of mentorship is for 4 weeks, starting May 2020 and the interaction between student intern and the mentor is entirely online. We understand that the mentors may be busy during this time and hence, the schedule of online calls, reviews and feedback sessions are expected to be flexible between the student and the mentor.
Mentors are expected to guide the intern in the project the intern takes up. The duration is for 4 weeks and we anticipate about 8-10 hours of guidance during this period. The mentor is not expected to help students in execution of work or pedagogy. At the end of the 4 week period, the mentor is expected to provide us with the evaluation of the student intern’s work and recommend the award of Internship certificate. During the period of mentorship, the mentor is expected to motivate, guide and direct the student and provide regular feedback.
The format of evaluation will be provided to the mentors post successful registration.
Mentors will be provided with a certificate of mentorship by Think Design, on successfully mentoring the student, post providing evaluation of students’ work. Student’s work will be showcased on Think Design’s web and social properties and will be acknowledged in our posting/s.
Internship and Mentorship are voluntary and are not bound by financial remuneration. Mentors are not expected to provide remuneration to the students and are strongly discouraged from commercial transactions with their student interns.
Register to be a Mentor
We will update the mentors on a regular basis. Check back later here for more information.
Guide to evaluate Interns’ work:
- Interns undertake projects from this list
- We will be making groups of students based on the projects they select and we will be assigning one group to each Mentor. Assignment of the group is based on several parameters such as geographic location of students (time zone), language barrier and availability of Mentors based on the selection of availability mentors made.
- Mentor is expected to guide students during the research assignment and evaluate students individually at the end of the Mentorship module based on the following criteria:
- Regularity/ Consistency: Is the student attending your meetings/ calls regularly and submitting or showcasing work consistently?
- Clarity of concept: Has the student understood that research question and is s/he applying theory meaningfully? Is the student able to justify the reason for a particular method being used, the sample size, the process of collecting and analyzing information?
- Diligence: Is the student working hard? Do you see diligence and thoroughness in their approach as well as deliveries?
- Visible quality of work: Is the documentation demonstrating visible quality of work that could be appreciated by its readers? Is there elaboration and finesse in the work being produced?
- Do you recommend the group’s work to be of the quality and standards, fit to be displayed in public domain?
- On each of the above parameters, Mentors would grade each of their students from 0-10 and submit the evaluation to us. Towards the end of the month of mentorship, we will be sending out Forms to mentors to input their evaluation results of the students they are mentoring.
Student submission guidelines for Practicum (mentored module):
- Final submissions: We will be providing a template for students to input their final work, so that all the work has consistency in terms of number of slides and a broad framework. Students need to submit open files and use system fonts only in their presentation. The final submission should include the following:
- Slideshow presentation as an open file (template will be provided).
- A PDF version of the same.
- A video not exceeding 120 seconds in length, and covering the research project in brief. Make sure you are including subtitles when we have voice in videos.
- Interim work progress: Students make weekly presentations/ submissions to Mentors (minimum of one submission/ presentation per week) that shows progress over the course of time. This could be done individually or in a group, it is up to the discretion of the Mentor to ask for interim presentations and how they need to be presented.
- Research ethics: When the Final submissions are made, the students are to comply with the following research ethics:
- Privacy: Mask respondents’ identities in the report and videos, unless the respondent has given explicit permission to reveal the real identity.
- Consent: Take explicit consent from respondents while recording audio, video or while taking notes.
- Intellectual Property: Credit original authors or copyright holders. Also credit your mentors in your final submissions. Provide references where appropriate.
More details about Internship program
The course is divided into two modules: Theory of Design research followed by Practicum. During the first module, Theory of Design research, the Intern will be studying the material on Design research, exploring each method further. The intern will be submitting weekly assignments and will be taking a test at the end of the 4 weeks period.
During the second module, the student will choose 1 or 2 projects to be completed in 4 weeks. The choice of projects can be discussed between student and mentor. Students will be expected to report the project work periodically and take guidance from the mentor; the schedule of guidance is entirely up to the understanding between the student and the mentor.
We would love to see outstanding work coming out of this programme; and our intent is to provide positive utilization of time and skills of the students; with the hope that the world will be a better place to live if the young creatives are given the positive opportunity to effect that.
Shamik ChowdhuryLearning Experience Designer
Shamik is a Learning Experience Designer and certified Information Mapping Professional. He holds a post-graduate degree in Education Technology and has a Design Thinking certificate from Stanford University. In his professional career spanning almost 25 years, Shamik has done a little bit of everything - worked in hotels for a few years, translated a book of short stories, moonlighted as a voice-over artist, taught vocational courses for a few semesters, wrote a few radio scripts, and even been a corporate trainer.
Over the last 15 years, Shamik has worked as a Learner Experience Designer at various learning design and consulting firms. These days, whenever he gets time off from tinkering in the kitchen or freestyle-wrestling with his 10-year old pet Pekingese and 1-year old Indian Pandikona, Shamik works as an independent consultant to help global companies, local non-profits, and quasi-governmental entities to design, develop, and implement effective classroom, online, and app-based learning experiences. Shamik also mentors upcoming Learning Experience Designers as a pro-bono learning coach in NovoEd's 'Foundations of LXD' MOOC.
Apurba PawarIndustrial/Product Designer
Sreya S. MajumdarDesign Researcher & Visual Designer
I am a visual designer and design researcher with a background in architecture, who adds play to work. I add elements of gamification to both research tools and solutions. I take a keen interest in looking for innovative yet efficient design solutions.
Aloke VohraBusiness Design & Innovation Consultant
A curious researcher for life. Ex-BFSI industry innovator & have led innovation projects at IDFC, Aditya Birla Capital , Axis. At TinkerLabs been working with BSchools, media & entertainment industry / BFSI projects. When not consulting & researching, am producing cinema / ad films or helping film makers do better.
Shreya RatakondaDesign researcher & Strategist
Anshul PatriaCreative Lead
I work for the love of design, I inspire from Jan Tschichold, Paul Rand, Paula Scher. I believe that good design comes with practice, experience, expertise and a never dying fire to learn and achieve more. I am here as a design leader, enabler, teacher, I will help you by putting across the best, easiest and the classiest ideas. I have a diverse skillset of typography, calligraphy, illustration, sketching & deep understanding of how design works at a subconscious, psychological level and how we can use that to our advantage while communicating. Also, I love to explore research and put across trends and analytics. I frequently use free tools & google to figure out market trends in design, needs of a specific niche target audience, I love hunting for data which will back up my design proposals and presentations.
Kiran Thirthahalli VasudevanLead Experence Designer
Teena JoseUser Experience Designer
I enjoy the process of connecting with people and designing with utmost focus on their emotions irrespective of the artifacts ( digital or physical ) we create. Approaching opportunities from a bird’s eye view has helped me to strategically balance business goals and user needs in the larger ecosystem. A decade in the design industry, my expertise has ranged from creating beautiful brands, visualizing process maps and business models to solving complex usability problems.
Saurav SharmaAssistant Professor
Saurav Sharma, working as Assistant Professor in Faculty of Design at Manipal University Jaipur. He has done his Master in Design (Communication Design) from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He was awarded by President’s Gold Medal for standing first in order of merit in 2015-17 batch of Master in Design (Communication Design) program of the institute. He has completed his four-year degree program, BA (Hons.) Fashion Design from Pearl Academy, Jaipur, where he received award for ‘Most Innovative Collection’, 2012. Currently, he is involved in the research area of Indian Design History, Myths, and storytelling art of India. His Visual Ethnographic movie ‘Log Kehte Hain’ has been selected in many national and international film festivals. He has a keen interest towards Indian aesthetics, folk art, craft, ethnographic design research and ergonomic design.
Anant DugarFounder, OneHouseDesigns
Avid design enthusiast with background in engineering, design thinking and mentoring.
Gavin RemediosDesign Leader - Experience Design
Gavin has 15 years experience working at the intersection of design, people and technology. In his current role with KPMG, he is helping integrate human centred design in the management consulting space. In his spare time, he trains and mentors students and professionals. He is a proud alumnus of National Institute of Design & Sir JJ School of Art
Sushil SKSenior UX Designer
Deepti GuptaAssociate Design Director
Rishabh GargArchitect and Innovator
Architect, innovator and soon to be an infrastructure planner. Rishabh has been involved in various interesting academic projects including designing of a community driven- community center in the war affected area of Sri Lanka. He did his internship at Architect Hafeez Contractor in India and Helwig Haus und Raum Planungs in Germany, during his bachelor's degree in Architecture at Manipal School of Architecture and Planning. His interests lie in understanding the cities and aims at integrating design and management for the development of a sustainable human habitat. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Urban Infrastructure at CEPT University and is always looking forward to contribute to the design community.
Deepak SadhwaniFounder, S.Lab
With over 3 years of experience in the field of Architecture, being part of exceptional design teams at Morphogenesis, New Delhi, and Hiten Sethi Architects, Navi Mumbai, we decided to go start up our Sustainable Architecture and Design firm based out of New Delhi, Mumbai and Bhopal.
Yash AroraInteraction Designer
I've been designing and shaping the product experiences for about 3yrs now. My role at Clarisights involves designing and shaping the User Experience for complex features like analytics dashboard, marketing reports, data Visualisations, integrations, customisations, etc. I take care of projects E2E, conduct User Research and Usability tests for projects and iterate to improve the overall experience. I've worked on 20+ mobile apps and websites for multiple clients. The role involved developing the information architecture, designing the UI, developing interactive prototypes and more(depending on the project requirements).
Ajay MittalSr. Designer
I come from an architecture background and I have always been associated with designing for the users and empathizing with their needs and functional requirements. After almost 9 years of studying architecture and UX design, I was able to find a synergy between the two and amalgamate both fields in my design rationale and design process in a better way.
My understanding of User Experience design is creating meaningful solutions which align with the end users’ needs. Most often it's not a bad design which fails to make its presence felt, rather it is a gap in mapping the users and their requirements. I have been fortunate in working with diverse domains and technology ranging between augmented reality, touch and gesture-based applications for automotive, retail, banking and commercial sectors, enterprise solutions and projects of different complexities. Being an architect, I have also contributed in designing one of the state of art design studio in my previous engagements.
Priyanka PeeramsettyCommunity Lead
Priyanka is a Civil Engineer turned Liberal Arts enthusiast - she is a Young India Fellow, and an Ashoka-HBx Fellow. She is currently working with WeWork India in building their core of the operations as a Community Lead, to engage Enterprise member experience through process optimization and technology interventions.
She has been fortunate to design interventions for State and Central Governments, Global Foundations and institutions by understanding their pain points - some of her interesting projects include designing a women's startup incubator and a leadership lab, implementing skill initiatives, training young leaders to work on issues that concern Developing Economies. Building and deploying motivational platforms to engage global communities and individuals has been an incredible experience for her.
Alongside her professional endeavors, she is recognized with the Women Economic Forum 2019 Award of "Iconic Woman Creating a Better World for All". She is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum (one of the 35 South Asians selected for the recent India Economic Summit 2019, Delhi), South Asia's Kectil Colleague and a Mentor of Change, Atal Tinkering Labs of Niti Aayog, Government of India. She has been invited to represent India in several Global Leadership Conclaves and immersive programs.
Pratibha MishraProfessor & HoD
I have been a design academician for past 21 years. I am currently working as a Professor and Head, Fashion Design at Manipal University Jaipur. My key Department of responsibilities are restructuring of the department, strategizing admission plans, curriculum design and delivery, corporate relationship management and social outreach. As an academic administrator I am well versed with documentation for regulatory bodies such as UGC, NIRF, NAAC etc. I hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) from Nottingham Trent University U.K., MSc. Garment Production and Export Management from Rajasthan University, Diploma in Textile Design from Board of Technical Education, Jodhpur. Over the years I have developed an expertise in teaching courses on Creative Textiles, Craft Study, Fundamental of Design, Sustainable Fashion, Fiber science, Textile Finishing, Dyeing, Printing, new departments and restructuring departments and streamlining operations for strategic growth.
Abhishek JainDesign Lead - UX Research
Meet, Abhishek Jain, Design Lead UX Researcher in KPIT Technologies with overall 8 years + of experience in conducting core UX qualitative and quantitative research. He has addressed in various international conferences like CTI Automotive Diagnostics (Germany), International HCI (London) and international HMI (India) and presented the research papers and innovative ideas. Apart from this, he has 6 international publications in UX, HCI and HMI conferences of IEEE, ACM, Springer etc. Abhishek has wide range of experience in conducting UX research internationally and globally. He has planned and executed various UX research for different products in various Geographies like Europe, APAC, India, Canada and US. Most astonishing work of his are in depth Ethnographic user research conducted in USA, Germany & Malaysia.
Avani PatelDesign Strategist
Avani has seven years of varied experience – across industries – in the design field. She has worked across user experience (UX) design, design research, grassroot innovation, and education. She is skilled at data-gathering, usability testing, and translating client requirements into quick and simple refinements in design. She brings to the table her skills in design thinking, human-centric design, her keen observation skills, fluency with languages, an understanding of diverse people and cultures, and a designer’s approach to problem solving. An avid traveller, wildlife enthusiast & craft lover, she also enjoys people watching, photography, doodling & DIY projects.
Kranthi Kumar MaanamArchitect & Interior Designer
An Architect by profession & a Polymath as an individual, currently working at Livspace part of Infra Team which takes care of designing Experience Centers' for the Company. I am a curios explorer & learner, interested to share knowledge mutually which benefits both to grow as a better person.
Sailesh ChatterjeeProject Head
Msc in Interior Design
15 years of experience in the field of Interior Design and civil allied services Designated Partner at Impiria Interior Design LLP
Rajal AjaiAssociate Design Director
Experienced Design Thinking Practitioner with over 8 years of relevant experience, focused on creating meaningful experiences through design. A team leader who conducts user research and testing, develops wireframes and task flows, and finds creative ways to solve usability problems. A creative storyteller with in-depth knowledge of interaction design and information architecture. Recognized for actively interacting with clients to best accommodate customer needs and meet identified objectives.
I am a practitioner of user experience design from past 2 years. Majorly worked on different domain ui and ux
Hariprasad KVLead User Experience Designer
I have 6 years for experience in the domain of user experience design. After completing my Masters in Design from IIT Kanpur, I worked for Robert Bosch as a Senior UX Designer for 3 years. During this tenure I worked on various global projects, mentored interns and conducted multiple training sessions to evangelize UX in the organisation. After Bosch, I worked with frog Design for close to 2 years. While in frog, I got the opportunity to collaborate with global frogs and work with the best designers in the industry. For the past one year I've been with Honeywell User Experience (HUE) team, driving the design of Connected life safety solutions that cater to the European and North American markets. Apart from design, I'm a technology enthusiast and a Biriyani fan. Cheers.
Abhijeet ShuklaDistinguished User Experience Researcher and Designer
Abhijeet is an explorer and discoverer by heart. He is passionate about
exploring human abilities, experiences and interaction in digital space. He is
also the inventor of the PSAV Methodology; a highly productive integration
to the age old design method.
As a design researcher, thinker and strategist, Abhijeet has been the recipient of several national, international awards and honors from various global organizations, Industry Excellence Award 2019, Distinguished Design researcher and design thinker 2019, Special initiative award 2018 to be named as few.
World research council on 26th Jan 2020 has conferred the title ‘International Distinguished Researcher’ recognizing the novel framework ‘co-creative model of human and artificial intelligence in design process’ which integrates user experience design process, design thinking and artificial intelligence. Abhijeet has published several research papers in the journal of international repute as well as holds patents and copyrights, he has been speaker to the world largest congregation KUMBH-2019, international conferences and several institutes of international interest. He is always open to share his research outcomes and welcomes collaboration and integration. He is an adventure enthusiast, loves to read and enjoys coffee. On his recent expedition (10-12Jan 2020) Abhijeet cycled from Chandigarh to Shimla spreading awareness about the environment and sustainability issues.
Lokesh SapreProgram Director: Digital Experience Design
Manish VashistDesign Director
Safiullah KhanDesign Researcher & Strategist
Designer, Technologist & self-proclaimed Philosopher.
Safiullah Khan is an engineer turned computational designer with 10 years of design consultancy experience. He has been religiously pursuing the methods and craft of divergent thinking on large and messy challenges, especially in the private sector.
His experiences lie in the intersections between Research, Strategy, and Experience design. He is not a developer anymore, but is still code-literate and can communicate and collaborate fluently with cross-functional teams. His superpowers include; Bringing anyone & everybody on the same page, Handling crucial conversations and has a knack in learning people's real needs.
A firm believer of continual learning and respects contributions over achievements.
Monalisa MalaniArchitect & Designer
Currently working as a Junior Architect and Graphic Designer in my hometown, Kolkata. Before joining the professional practice, Monalisa did her internship in leading architecture firms in Bangalore and Guatemala City, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in architecture at Manipal Academy of Higher Education. Her objective is to explore diverse practices of sustainable design and integration of dynamic intelligent systems to overcome the challenges of the built environment through her future endeavours.
Yashashwi MalaniFounder, The Graphē
The Graphē is a design studio where passionate designers and artists breathe life and soul into their designs. We provide thoughtful, engaging and seamless solutions to all design problems to individuals and companies. Our expertise is as diverse as the services we offer. From developing a brand identity to elevating an existing brand; offline and online advertising, marketing and promotions; designing visuals for events and weddings to designing prints for fabrics, we do it all. Our vision is to meet the design needs of every industry.
Ishteyaqahmed QuadriDesigner and Design Mentor (Graphics and Animation)
Ishteyaqahmed is a an Animation film Designer and Design Mentor/passionate Academician ,at present he is responsible for timely updating of the academic content and vocational/ Design training , as a leading provider of best professional design as well as training Services in the area of visual Design, Design thinking, and coordinating and conducting Design thinking training with institutions like Nirma University,Gujarat Technological Institute (with which all the engineering Intuitions of Gujarat is affiliated),Shanti Business School and many institute across India.
Ritika SinghSr. Designer
Sneha GokhaleIndustrial Designer, Design-Driven Researcher
Industrial Designer with 2 years of experience, based in the Netherlands. Design and Research interests include Materials, Manufacturing and Sustainability. Currently working on Masters Graduation Thesis from TU Delft, with the 3D Printer manufacturer, Ultimaker.
Sayantan MukherjeeSayantan Mukherjee
I coach corporate employees and mentor engineering and management students on Innovation. I am invited as mentor to various Ideation Challenges organised by the MHRD Innovation Cell, GoI.
I was the Innovation Manager at Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. from 2017 Apr to 2020 Jan. I help mentees convert their Ideas to Innovation. Currently I am mentoring three startups.
Sejal Rajesh ChangedeDesign Researcher
I am a Design PhD Researcher at Imagination Lancaster, Lancaster University, UK. I am a part of Beyond Imagination Research Project, a radical, £13.2 million, three- and half--year project which will explore and demonstrate how cutting-edge design research can create a healthier, more prosperous and sustainable world.
My main research interest centres on exploring the relationship between heritage craft, traditional making and design for sustainability; which expresses human values and meanings; and examine those craft practices for future prosperity. Eventually, I aim to develop design-led strategies and ecosystems for the traditional practices in line with the principles of sustainability. I employ the creative design process itself as a mode of inquiry, which honours both the core practice and creative potential of ‘designing’. I hold a master’s degree in Design Management from Lancaster University and Bachelor of Design degree in Lifestyle Accessory Design from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore. I have worked as a designer and design curator in SMEs in India and England.
Shefali GoyalIndustrial Designer
I am a bespoke designer with an exhilerating feed for design. The international exposure, for work and otherwise, has helped me model designs for hetrogenic fields whereas Abacus Master Trainer experience enhanced me as an expressive, proactive and multitasking individual.
Mallika Singh AhluwaliaKey Account Manager
I am currently a Key Account Manager at St. D'vence, a premium skincare brand with an online presence across India, where I am responsible for marketing and overseeing day to day operations.
I was previously Assistant Sales Manager at Eazydiner, a leading table booking app in India, where I was responsible for CRM and advertising sales, onboarding restaurants, negotiating with restaurants to curate offers for Eazydiner's customers, and increasing brand awareness through social media, on-ground campaigns and in-store visibility. I completed my Bachelors in Business Administration with a specialization in marketing from Narsee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) in 2018.
Devanshi SihareDesign Strategist
As a hybrid of a researcher, strategist, and designer, I thrive on learning from my audience, crafting insightful stories, designing meaningful experiences and identifying opportunity areas for brand, product, business or social innovation. Trained in Design thinking and Human-centered Design. My research process includes critical re-framing the problem, deep empathy with users, understanding immediate and peripheral context and behavior analysis. I am a systems thinker and detail oriented at the same time with the ability to zoom in and out depending on the task at hand. I am well versed in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies including ethnographic research, conducting interviews, workshops, and surveys, with an ability to determine the most appropriate tool to be used in different stages of the project. I collaborate strategically within multidisciplinary teams and develop research methods that can maximize a design process. I have experience in user research projects focusing on digital solutions, hybrid experience design, hybrid service design, product design, brand strategy, campaign strategy, business model innovation and design for social impact. Personally, I am constantly working on developing my leadership skills and practicing more emotional intelligence competencies to resonate better with the people I work with. I like to meet new people, learn new things every day and challenge myself to delve into new domains that pull me out of my comfort zone.
Sonika GondvalDesign Lead
SwaritaL&D Manager, Trainer & Coach
Charanya SureshUX Researcher
A Die-hard fan of "Usability" in any form, I preach and practise User Centric Design through User Research. Deriving valuable insights and design decisions from interactions with users, I work with teams and people across verticals and levels to solve complex challenges and create intuitive user interfaces.
I've worked in both agile and waterfall software development lifecycles in both B2B and B2C spaces and in my experience I've learned that : (1) Different User Research methods work well for different problems & one can never go by the book / theories; (2) Design is better when teams work openly together (3) It's a fabulous feeling to be proved wrong by your users, (4) Supporting and encouraging people makes them better.
Furthermore I've been lucky enough to work with global teams, nurture new starters, formulate usability processes and UX Ways of Working all leading toward increased usability, better experience and sometimes conversions.
In an ideal world I'd love to be an expert in decoding user behaviors and translating them to intuitive designs but I'm pretty sure that I will never achieve it as this area is constantly changing, new technologies appear and society evolves. There is a lot to learn about UX and solution building, no matter, how big the experience is, and I’m happy about that.
Tanya SinghSenior User Experience Consultant
Pravin GhodkeDesign Consultant and Director
Working as a strategic design consultant for the last 8+ years have aided Pravin to learn and implement about the tactics of influencing the successful relationship between design and businesses, leading teams and evolving according to the fast-changing design approaches, technologies and business models.
Currently, Pravin is maintaining the position of Senior Consultant for User Experience Design and Senor Team Lead Consultant of Design Research at INITIA Designs, an automotive design studio under the umbrella of UNO MINDA INDUSTRIES. Pravin is also holding the position of Design Director of Keon Designs. In addition to this, Pravin has been mentoring students for 4+ years from IIT Gandhinagar, MIT Institute of Design, ISD Rubika, UID Gandhinagar, SVERI's College of Engineering and Design Works Academy. Currently, Pravin is working as a visiting faculty for the MIT Institute of Design for conducting the course in Human Machine Interface Design. He had redeveloped the course structure of HMI Design and Packaging Design for MIT ID in 2019.
Meghana MuralidharanDesigner / Content Writer
A confident, competent, and imaginative writer , interior designer with extensive experience working on a mixture of a project. Now looking for a new and challenging position, one which will make best use of my existing creative skills and further experience a personal and professional development.
Shivam JaiswalAssociate Designer - UX
I'm Shivam. Formerly trained as an engineer, I love connecting the dots between implementing a strict design system with business goals, technical constraints to create meaningful user experiences. With a degree in electronics from JK Lakshmipat University, the shift in my career happened when I was working with Reliance Jio and saw how design thinking can solve real-world challenges at scale.
In my journey in design, I’ve had the opportunity to work in both startup and enterprise environments with companies like Policy Bazaar, Wellthy Therapeutics and Reliance Jio.
Debarati RakshitProduct Lead
Hi, I am Debarati. Currently, living and working in Finland. I work with The Shortcut Oy, my work responsibilities lie in answering Government tender calls with project conceptualisation, program management and stakeholder relationship management within the Helsinki Ecosystem. Currently, I am developing a multi-million Euro project on “trailing spouses” of highly-qualified International Talents. I approach my work with Market Research, Business Strategy and Design Thinking. The project has gone through intensive research phase and I have acquired more in-depth and hands-on international perspective on design research and conducting it.
Somasree BasakUX Designer
Design is a journey. A journey from complex to simple. My 5 years in industry experience range from Finance, social and healthcare (mostly B2B). My core interest lies in bridging the gap of business and user needs to proceed with iteration and analysis.
I am keenly interested in working with budding designers and navigate them to the vast world of design.
I am a sustainability-minded design professional, currently pursuing a Masters' degree in the 'Creative Sustainability' program at Aalto University. I have a prior working experience of 3 years and I have mentored 2 interns during my last retainership for branding projects. I would be happy to continue contributing to the design community at home.
Sachin PisharodyStudio Head
Former engineer turned designer with interests and and a bit of experience in research processes, documentation, business and systems thinking.
Arpit GuptaPrincipal Product Designer
Currently working as product designer for OTT/media platforms in Mediakind, formerly Ericsson.
Product name : Ericsson Mediafirst ( formerly Microsoft Mediaroom). In this role I have the privilege to grow and nurture a world-class design team (Brought new identity for Design team), who focus on and that power next-gen Media experience with new Design System.
Peter BellaAssistant Professor
I am a creative, an artist, a designer, and a design educator. Currently I am an Assistant Professor of Art and Graphic Design at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), creator and host of the DESIGN DEDUX™ Podcast, and founder of Twist Creative Studio ™ and creative director with Dave Creek Media. I have earned my MFA in Design from Savannah College of Art and Design , an MS in Marketing, Communication, and Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, and I have taught a variety of design curriculum ranging from branding and advertising to typography as well as packaging to graphic design history. My work advocates the application of humanistic experience and typographic form and visual communication with an ideology that design can exist and communicate in multi-dimensionalities signifying a ‘user-experience’ that is articulated, understood, sensed, and embodied. Beyond my academic career I have accrued more than twenty-five years as a professional designer with design experience encompassing freelance design, public relations, advertising, marketing, publications design, and more.
Harshada KulkarniExperience Design Strategy Consultant
Zeal of my life is thinking empathic Design, whether of products, services, experiences or processes that deliver the outcome for my clients / partners. I have handled multifarious roles for companies worldwide and multicultural clients. I am a user and customer centered problem solver (HFI Certified Usability Analyst™) and strong advocate of Service & Design Thinking Methodology as well as its practical usage at work. My 18+ years of operational, project / product delivery, CoE building and leadership experience has made me a direction setter and enabled me deliver solutions with compelling experience while creating driven teams with the openness to absorb & embrace situations.
Sai SravanML Data Associate, Amazon
Soo BasuPrincipal Design Manager, Microsoft
Gautam MarwahFounder & Host at The Indianaut Podcast
Lefteris HeretakisDesigner and Lecturer
Navigating you through the disruption in #design and #designeducation.
Divya ChadhaDesign Research and Strategist
A strong believer in the philosophy of Design Thinking, that it can transform the way people and organizations conceptualize and develop product/services. Divya’s passion lies in user-centric research methodologies for insights and business innovation, social megatrend spotting, creating business scenarios for future and crafting brand character & strategy. Divya is an engineer-turned-design researcher from MIT, College of Industrial Design, Pune. She worked with Tech Mahindra as a software programmer before shifting to a career in design. She is a go-getter with tremendous flexibility in switching from physical products to digital paradigm while handling Design & Innovation assignments. She led the design strategy teams at a business innovation consultancy apart from co-facilitating Design Thinking roll-outs for students as well as professionals. She has been involved in multiple research, strategy and training programs for varied industry sectors. She has worked with various corporates like Google, Mahindra & Mahindra, Samsung, Medtronic, Stryker, General Mills, Tech Mahindra; helping them develop and deliver real-time products and services. Innovation is a core driver for her which led to exploring different sides of this world from the corporate to startup. She currently is designing acceleration programs at business accelerator based out of ISB, DLabs.
Shruti KaleDesign Educator
Product Designer by profession - 9 years of experience - Since last 4 years into teaching - Good at mentoring students for Design Thinking - Interaction Design - Service Design - Systems - Creative Thinking - Love Think Design and hence want to it's internship students
Hrushikesh JoshiSenior Design Researcher
Hrushikesh holds a MDes. in Industrial Design and has a background in Mechanical Engineering. Before joining Studio 5B, he has worked as an industrial designer for industries across various domains. During four years of design career with design studios and big corporations, he has developed an aptitude for storytelling and strategic thinking. As a design researcher, while enjoying the journey of decoding different layers, he enjoys the serendipitous moment of seeing the unseen. He is a gifted artist who keeps himself engrossed in watercolour painting and creative writing when not having a deadline.
Having aspirations of becoming a future thought leader, Hrushikesh wants to emerge as a unique combination of a free-flowing artist and visionary designer.
Alipta BallavDesign Manager, Cerner Healthcare
A seasoned & accomplished User Experience professional with over 20 years of experience. At present, I manage the UX team at Cerner Corporation in Bangalore. Cerner is into building the next generation healthcare solutions and my role involves setting up the UX competency in Bangalore India.
Sayali BhorkarSr. UI Designer, Cybage
Jody TorfsUser Experience Designer
User Experience Designer at Think Design in Denver, Colorado. I have a background in Geography and Product Design. I get excited about Usability and Accessibility and being active in nature. Did you know teaching is the best way to learn new things? It is.
EduKondalu KalikiriPractice Head - Usability Assurance, Hexaware
An avid design thinker and problem solver with deep empathy for users. Believes in principle and practice that 'Design for the users and by the users. Rejoices understanding users and their needs rather working with tools. Prides in motivating and guiding fellow team members towards a collective excellence. Feels previlieaged to help native craftsmen in handloom weaving profession in improving design detailing, productivity and reducing sound emission.
Ragini KacholiaVisual Designer, Deloitte Digital
I am yet a student at heart currently working in a digital space. I have done my masters in graphic design from MIT school of design, Pune. I have been involved in lot of recruitment processes in Deloitte Digital. By joining Think design as a mentor , I want to help the students to lead them in the right direction and guide them in their projects in the way industry demands for. I specialize in User Interface Design and have an experience of 4 years across digital and print space.
Tithi SharmaProduct Designer, Postman
Laetitia PouillyUX Researcher
Stephen DickensUser Experience Strategist
User Experience Strategist for Think Design in Broomfield, Colorado. In 2016, Stephen pivoted from a career as a clinical behavioral therapist to pursue a software development program in Boulder, Colorado. During his studies, Stephen became enthralled with the UX processes and it's many parallels to his background in psychology and art.
In 2017, Stephen helped open Think Design's first studio in the US and continues to manage and build their design practice. Think Design is a UX Strategy firm with studios in 7 global cities across 4 countries; and works with visionary organizations to imagine, strategize and materialize pioneering initiatives that transform the present and lead the future.
Nikita TatiyaStrategic Designer, Here Technologies
Sudeep ChhabraOwner, Actuate Consultants
Vignesh KarthicAssociate Manager - UX, ValueLabs
Design leader with over 12 years of experience building end-to-end digital product strategy with a deep focus on human-centered design approach. As an Engineer-turned-designer he offers an insider’s perspective on Design Thinking. He is deeply passionate to create social impact, blending entrepreneurial resourcefulness, empathy and creative confidence to make that happen.
When he is not working, you can find him running marathons barefoot, trekking the unexplored, advocating for design and eating chocolates.
Sanmitra ChitteDean, World University of Design
Sanmitra has extensive experience as an Innovation, Design Management, Marketing and User Experience-Insights research, Graphic design, Visual Merchandising, Communication design, Design strategy and User Experience Design professional collectively.
She has strong client interaction skills, delivering strategic thinking across all levels. She demonstrates great skills in integrating design & innovation within corporate business, with a good understanding of the design profession, its processes and stakeholders. She is a trained Z-MET (Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique) Interviewer and Analyser. Expert in converting insights to tangible actions i.e Design brief. She has conducted Design thinking Workshops at various venues with varied audience.
Brijesh KumarProduct Designer & Innovator
I am an aeronautical engineer who learned product design (industrial design +product engineering ) during my tenure with industry leaders like Desmania, Orient electric etc. I have designed and developed more than 20 products which are running successfully in market. I have 7 patents and multiple design registrations.
MadhusmitaResearch & Innovation Specialist, Piaggio Group
Nandeesha. MSenior UX Designer, SAP
Almost a decade back at SAP, I started working on multiple Innovation projects along with other colleagues using Design Thinking methodology under the guidance of an experienced coach. Involving in these projects over a period made me realize the importance of empathy and user centered design. This led to pursue my interest in design thinking and user experience design. I am passionate about using design principles and methods to create engaging experiences for products and services. I am a firm believer that the design crafted based on user research can make a wonderful difference to both the users and organizations.
Currently, I am working as a Senior UX Designer with SAP to improve user experience of multiple enterprise applications. I act as a trusted adviser to program management and development teams in bringing the best of the user experience to these applications. I am also responsible to ensure these applications are in line with SAP Fiori design framework. Understanding business requirements, questioning the status-quo, keeping users at the centre of design, building creative concepts and prototypes, presenting design stories to fellow designers, developers & program management and simplifying applications are part of my responsibilities.
Symran BhueStrategist and Marketing Consultant
Symran Bhue is a Speaker, Coach, Strategist and Marketing Consultant for Global Organizations. She has over 10 years of experience in Strategic and Digital Marketing (SEO, SM Marketing, Content Strategy, Analytics) where she has worked with multiple businesses in the fields of design, organic food, education, social networking, software products and services, helping them boost their online presence and generate leads in international as well as domestic markets. Currently, she manages Digital & Non-Digital Marketing, Events and Partnerships for Growth Stage Entrepreneurial Organizations as well as Start-ups that rely on both offline and online networking to generate new business. Additionally, she brings an expertise in psychometric analysis from her experience as a Digital Marketer and from her Management Studies. In 2017, Symran helped launch 'The Young Leader's Program'. This program offers facilitated group learning in group sizes of 10, to students between the ages of 18 and 25. Participants are encouraged to construct their own knowledge based on their aspirations through the process of inquiry.
Anannya MishraSenior Consultant, Outsized
I am currently a Senior Consultant at Outsized where I help companies in the financial services and consulting domain find the right expertise for their projects. I am responsible for project managing multiple engagements across geographies, teams and knowledge areas. I also enjoy problem-solving and building new processes and am currently working on multiple strategic projects to help scale the business. The clients that I have worked with include Swiss Re, FSD Africa, Boston Consulting Group and DEG to name a few.I am a Prince2 certified project manager and completed my BBA from NMIMS in 2018.
Shakeb WajeehDesign Researcher
I see design as a vehicle for bringing about meaningful social change. I am formally trained in communication, creative writing, visual thinking, user research and qualitative research methods such as ethnography, interviewing and participant observation. My work experience in diverse social settings has made me a good listener and observer.
Hari NallanFounder and CEO
Founder & CEO of Think Design, Design Leader, Speaker and Educator. He is the architect of Think Design’s approach and design centred practices. A post graduate in Design from NID, Hari also holds the position of adjunct faculty at the institute of national importance, where he delivers lectures and courses in design and research methodologies and data visualization among others.