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rama deshpande

Creative technologist, play and experience designer

I design engaging and interactive experiences that include tangibility by combining the physical and digital worlds to create a meaningful impact through innovation. I have experience in designing for FinTech, EduTech, Data Management and Technology domains

using iterative and agile methods.

work experience

Graduate Assistant, The New School

(Apr, 2022-May, 2023)

  • Answered queries for 20+ prospect students and parents to support the Admissions team.

  • Managed and co-created content, design tools and resources to support participant learning and drive business impact using MURAL, Figma and Adobe Illustrator

  • Created participant resources, including guides, maps, websites, slide decks and presentations, certificates to support 6+ different programs and students using design guidelines.

  • Conducted field and market research to inform curriculum development, program format and delivery, to support operations and participant engagement.

Lead, Experience Design - Infosys + Wongdoody

(Aug, 2019-June, 2021)

  • Conducted interviews, surveys and analysis for 20k+ employees to integrate user needs into design, and created style guides, wireframes and prototypes for the platform for employee health and wellness using AdobeXD. The platform was released in phases on internal web and mobile platforms.

  • Ideated and designed features from scratch for FinTech and banking, EduTech and data management systems on client facing projects in India and Germany on tight deadlines using AdobeXD.

  • Led client meetings and conducted client workshops with the design team to understand requirements to support cross-functional collaboration.

  • Co-authored a white paper on the impacts of COVID-19 on retail.

  • Pitched pre-sales and proof of concepts to potential clients on their projects.

 

Intern, HumanX

(Dec, 2018 - April, 2019)

  • Redesigned UX and UI of an English learning PC platform for a client based on user research.

  • Conducted remote usability testing for 5 users on the performance of a publication services website to leverage user insights and data and use the user centered design process to inform UX/UI decisions.

  • Designed mobile (iOS and Android) and web UI and UX for 3 client projects in FinTech and Healthcare domains maintaining the technical constraints and limitations of the platforms.

 

Intern, FlytBase

(May, 2018 - Jul, 2018)

  • Created a detailed wireframes, flow diagrams, information architecture and high-fidelity user demos using AdobeXD for a web-based platform for security and surveillance using drone automation.

  • Collaborated with engineers and stakeholders and learnt new technical terminologies, researched on 4 competitor platforms to stay up-to-date on different technologies and market standards.

  • Created 2 pitch decks and static prototypes for other drone automation projects.

Intern, SmartCloud Infoservices

(May, 2017 - Jun, 2017)

  • Researched 4+ web and mobile based mindfulness and meditation applications.

  • Developed high-fidelity prototypes for a meditation learning and practicing mobile and web application.

  • Designed unique experiences 3 use cases of beginners, learners and experts with varying levels of complexity.

certifications and achievements

MIT Reality Hack - Participation, Boston, USA, 2023
Participated in the MIT Reality Hack to create XR interfaces in 3 days using Oculus Quest and Unity

Super Magfest - Indie Arcade Showcase, Maryland, USA - Alternative Controller Showcase, 2023

Developed and presented a game using alternate controls with a team

Honorary Mention - IBM Quantum Jam, 2021

Our team received an honorary mention for our project “Quantum Uniform”which was created using Quantum Computing.

Communication Studies Certification - Center for Communication Studies, 2021

I completed a course on communication studies to understand media theories, philosophy and psychology concepts.

 

Coursera Certificate - Moscow Institute of Technology, 2020

I completed a six week course on Building Arduino Robots and Devices on Coursera.  As a part of learning, I tested out the programs on a simulator.

 

Volunteer - ResQ, 2019

As a volunteer at ResQ, an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre, I spent a month where I  fed, cleaned, brushed and walked different rescue animals like dogs, cats, pigs, donkeys.

skills

These are the skills I have developed through my undergraduate and graduate degree as well as work experience. I am still building on them and always learning.

Prototyping

Low-code(Adobe XD, Sketch, Invision, Figma)

Unity 2D & 3D

Arduino

p5.js

AR/VR/XR

Design

Game Design

Narrative Design

Design Research

Usability Testing

Visual Design

Rapid Prototyping

Design Tools

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe InDesign

Figma

Procreate

Basic Level

Video Editing

HTML/CSS

Python

Raspberry Pi

Unreal Engine

Twine

education

2021-2023

MFA in Design and Technology

Parsons School of Design - The New School

  • Accessibility, UX design, gamification, play design, rapid interactive prototyping, physical computing, ML, AI, soft circuits, XR

2015-2019

B.Des in User Experience Design

MIT Institute of Design

3rd Rank Holder

  • Primary and secondary user research methods, cognitive psychology, sociology, usability testing, wireframing, prototyping

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