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Experience.

UX Designer, Cisco Systems via Intelligaia

Nov 2019 - Present

UX Designer, Toss the Coin

Mar 2018 - Aug 2018

Digital Designer, Appsolutes

Oct 2016 - Mar 2018

Intern Architect, Mindspace Architects

Jan 2015 - Nov 2015

Intern Architect, KSM Consultants

Jan 2014 - Jun 2014

Education.

Master of Human-Computer Interaction + Design, University of Washington

Sep 2018 - Aug 2019

Bachelor of Architecture, SCET School of Architecture

June 2010 - Nov 2016

About...

... me.

Hi 👋  I'm Sakshat. I'm a designer with a master's in human-computer interaction and a background in architecture. Apart from developing design strategies to solve multi-faceted problems, I love exploring unique aesthetic languages in different mediums, delightful interactions, and different approaches to storytelling. 

Outside work, I always have time to indulge in my biggest addiction - old Letterman and Conan clips. I've also received major awards for my unique ginger and honey chai, from my folks 😝.

... my work.

In the last 5 years, I've had the opportunity to work on design problems with a variety of clients, ranging from SMBs to larger companies like Premera BlueCross, Microsoft, Intel, and Cisco. 

Prior to digital design, I was in architecture working with cross-disciplinary teams of contractors, engineers, fabricators, consultants, clients, and other architects.

... my approach to design.

I strongly believe in a context-driven process. The term 'context' to me is a combination of everything, including time and resources, technical constraints, articulated goals, nuances of a specific problem space, and the motivations of our audience and stakeholders. When all these attributes are layered over one another, they create their own unique realm of possibilities.

A contextual design process helps us derive creative solutions and avoid imitation in design.

 Over the last decade, I've had the opportunity to explore a wide spectrum of design problems. In that time, I've consistently found that every good process starts with a well-defined desired outcome, often at the crossroads of ambitious business goals and delightful human experiences.

While desired outcomes act as a north star in our journey, constraints act as the necessary gravity

helping us keep our feet firm on the ground and keeping us from getting lost in the outer space of imagination.

 While I've learned a lot from my experience in digital design, architecture had a big influence in instilling a sense of responsibility that all designers bear. The idea that every decision, once executed would be set in stone for probably the next 50 years, forced me to critically evaluate every thought and bias. 

It also made me appreciate the fact that while two or more problems may appear the same, their context makes them unique. And so,

to fully understand a problem sometimes means challenging the confines of a designer's role.

Knowing this has gone a long way in helping me maintain a consistent quality of work in a variety of problem spaces, whether it's enterprise solutions tailored to Cisco's business, helping caregivers make easy appointments for their patients, or designing education kits for 10-year old students.