People

MY MENTOR

Satish Kumar
Satish Kumar
Creative Director, Kaseya
He has been my mentor ever since I became a designer. I have learnt a lot from him and with him. I truly admire him for the attitude he carries, with the skills he has mastered.

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MY COMPANIONS

vishrut shukla

Vishrut Shukla
Sr. Product Manager, Zivame

Best Product Manager I’ve ever worked with. Has a great design sense and understands the intricacies of designing great experience. Love working with him.

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Guruprasad Baskaran

Guruprasad Baskaran
Director of Engineering, Zivame

When it comes to people management, he is the guy you should be learning from. Extremely hands-on and yet manages a huge technical team of 45, with an evergreen smile on his face.

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Dinesh Joshi

Dinesh Joshi
AVP – User Experience, RBS

We share the bond that develops when two like-minded folks come together to achieve a goal in life. We have helped each other learn, pursue and grow for quite some time now.

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Rajarani Mohapatra

Rajarani Mohapatra
Assistant Manager UX, Fidelity

This is where the design and the business meets. Given her experience in building UX team for a business, and being from an MBA background, she is the one you want to hang out with!

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Nachiket Nirhali

Nachiket Nirhali
Sr. UX Designer, Citrus

Possesses all the qualities you could ask for a colleague to have! Used to sit right next to me. An excellent team-worker and a very nice friend. My success-partner and my feedback machine.

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Bharath Paturi

Bharath Paturi
Technical Lead, Cisco

Together we stood, together we fell. We had the privilege of learning by failing. It was an amazing experience, a super cool stint of entrepreneurship, and a steep learning.

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MY INSPIRATIONS

Donald Norman

Don Norman
Director – Design Lab, Univ. of California

I refer to him as the father of emotional design. He has an amazing understanding of how human brain works and how to design for same. I just love to read his books. The Design of Everyday Things, Emotional Design and The Design of Future Things are my favorites.

Knowing how people will use something is essential.Don Norman

Eric Schaffer

Dr. Eric Schaffer
CEO, Human Factors International

I am deeply impressed by his light and connected model of the future. He has founded an amazing organisation that has helped me grow and succeed in my career. I love his publications, research papers and videos — they are very practical and insightful. The Process of Persuasive Design is particularly interesting.

Let’s Stop Building Usable Wrong Things.Eric Schaffer

Steve Krug

Steve Krug
Author & Consultant

One of the very few guys on this planet who can make you laugh while teaching you something. He has written two amazing bibles – Don’t Make Me Think and Rocket Surgery Made Easy. I think both of the books are a must read for any designer.

When fixing problems, always do the least you can.Steve Krug

MY PROTÉGÉS

Shalom Truman

Shalom Truman
Sr. UX Designer, Zivame

Shalom is a very good visual designer, who started his career as graphic designer.He now wants to build upon his UX Design skills. I have been helping him with the user research and product strategy part of it.

Jyoti Khandelwal

Jyoti Khandelwal
UX Designer, CGI

Jyoti is someone whom I’m proud of. Graduated from a very low profile college, yet she has made it big today. I’m glad I could guide her in the right direction and helped her with training and interviews.

Udit Khandelwal