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Being authentic has become vital and much more important than being unique. This section helps articulate how I practice design thinking and use it as a tool towards problem solving.
UX user experience mean to you?
All who wander are not lost
CAREER DEVELOPMENT WITH CONSTANT CHANGE
I’m definitely on a circuitous route towards building a career. I have always found unconventional ways of pursuing my quest of designing experiences. My learning from the last few years of moving between industries and job titles is that knowledge is vast and can be molded out of many forms.
Some find it directly but I am taking the long way around.
Home is behind, the world ahead
CULTURE SHOCK AND DESIGN THINKING
Having moved between cities and continents since childhood, I’ve experienced defamiliarization often. This continual exposure allowed me to learn problem solving through decontextualization.
Being hurled into different cultures and language helps add novelty and perspective towards my design process and reinvigorates the need for validating affordances.
The road goes ever on and on
CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE IN UX
The state of user experience design is in constant change and that is what makes it incredibly rewarding to pursue. A practice which in itself demands flexibility in perception and engineering ensures that I am continually learning. Growing into this field is helping me evolve as an individual in the realm of morality and consciousness while teaching me to live in the present and be a nowist.
What is your best skill as a UX professional and what advice would you give to someone who is trying to learn this skill?
Crafting emotional and experiential design that fosters innovation or influences behavioral change requires an understanding that can come through expanding what we experience and get involved in— both professionally and in our daily lives.
While some remain focused on the technical know-how of our profession to determine their capacity, I tend to focus on reflecting my personal development in the more subjective soft skills.
Describe your experience collaborating. In your opinion, what makes for the best collaboration?
Collaborating at any scale- from individuals in team to user groups and stakeholders- always leaves me feeling enlightened and humbled.
I was not born a team player. I had always approached group projects in a very rational and individualistic way. In grad school, I remember feeling apprehensive as I sat through my first design critique round and coming out all wised up with possibilities for improvement. In truth, I discovered collaboration is to problem solving what users are to user experience design.
The best collaborative experiences usually require an effective work session. Opening up the design process with the right methods helps draw out information, understand different- even competing- points of view and ultimately allows alignment and validation of our ideas.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on? What made it interesting?
The usability lab
I OFTEN GET ASKED ABOUT MY CHOICES.
While considerably whimsical, I want my choices to be always driven by curiosity- actively seeking, creating and reflecting my hopes over my fears.