Abhinav

Abhinav

UX Designer in UK / INDIA, He/Him

About

I am a UX designer with 9 years of experience designing digital products and experiences for global audiences and emerging markets. I thrive in multidisciplinary environments and love crafting experiences informed by research, business strategy, and user needs.

I am currently finishing my PhD at Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK. (March 2024)

Contact

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Work Experience

2021 — 2022
Senior Chief Designer at Samsung
Bangalore

Led a team of XR designers and managed stakeholders across multiple levels and geographies. Helped set up processes, workflows, and hiring requirements for the design team.

2018 — 2021
Designer 2 at Microsoft
Hyderabad

I was responsible for owning and delivering end-to-end user experiences for various features on Dynamics 365 Layout for Hololens 2, Edge for MacOS, and Visio for the Web (a Diagramming App).

2014 — 2018
Experience Designer at Independent
India

Co-founded and managed a research and prototyping-led practice focused on providing UX Design solutions and interactive experiences to a range of small and medium enterprises.

Education

2020 — Now
PhD at Northumbria University
Newcastle Upon Tyne

My research area focuses on Interaction Design for Mixed Reality

Master of Design (M.Des), New Media Design at National Institute of Design
Ahmedabad
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)) at CEPT University
Ahmedabad

Projects

Ongoing
Interaction Design Framework and Ideation Toolkit for Mixed Reality Experiences in Cultural Heritage settings at Northumbria University

The output of my PhD Project, focused on helping a team of diverse stakeholders conceptualise Mixed Reality experiences in visitor-centric physical museum environments.

2021
Visio on the Web at Microsoft

Led the UX design, Teams and Office Integration
strategy, Design System and User Research for Visio on the Web,
shipped multiple features

2020
Layout on HoloLens 2 at Microsoft

Designed Mixed Reality experiences for the erstwhile D365 Layout on Hololens 2. Including several unreleased features and concepts around spatial computing.

2019
Edge of MacOS at Microsoft

Led UX Design, Research and created design guidelines for the first releases of Microsoft Edge on MacOS by collaborating with 20+ feature teams across two geographies.

2018
Integrated AR Experience Design & UX at Dovetail Furniture

Integrated android AR app and spatial design for Dovetail Furniture at InStore Asia 2016 and 2018

2016
Visual Programming Language for Modular Electronics at Cretto Labs

UX Design and Research for an educational, modular robotics kit.

2016
Audio Guide App: Ajit Vivek Museum at NID, Design Consultancy Services

UX Design and Research for an android audio guide museum app in English and Hindi.

2016
Interactive Exhibit at Auto Expo 2016 for Honda and Desmania Design

Interaction Design and gamified simulation showcasing the Combi-Breaking system for Honda 2-Wheelers at Auto Expo 2016.

2016
Antariksha Sanchar at Quicksand

Level Design and Environment Art for a speculative science fiction video game set in South India

2016
Architect (Low Cost, Sustainable Structures) at Domogeo

Designing low-cost deployable prefabricated modular structures from engineered composite bamboo panels in Arunachal Pradesh in 2015-16.

2013
Research and Publication Design at Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, Ahmedabad

Research and skilling strategy for Rural Technical Institutes in Gujarat.

2011
Learn Mathematics at Save the Children, Gujarat

UX Design and development of interactive educational content for teaching mathematics in Gujarati language to school dropouts in Gujarat.

Speaking

2023
Interaction Design Framework and an Ideation Toolkit for Mixed Reality experiences in Museums
The Natural History Museum, London
2023
Experience Design Insights for Mixed Reality Experiences in Museums at Art Museum in the Digital Age
Belvedere Museum, Vienna
2023
Visitor Onboarding for On-Site Mixed Reality Experiences in Museums at Immersive Learning Research Network Conference (iLRN 2023)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
2021
Art of Visualisation in Design at Young Designers Talk: Design Premiere, SPA
New Delhi
2019
Generative Futures at EYEMYTH Media Arts Festival
Mumbai
2016
Developing Antariksha Sanchar at Alpavirama 2016, Asia through Asian Eye
Ahmedabad

Exhibitions

2021
New Media Art and AI at NUR Festival
Kazan, Russia

Exhibition of my ML based Art

2019
Out Of Focus at Cyberia, TIFA
Pune, India

An spatial art installation using a depth sensing camera and projections.

2018
City In Sounds at Abhivyakti City Arts Project
Sanskar Kendra, Ahmedabad

City in Sounds, a series of interactive art installations and creation of a digital archive of sounds of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Ahmedabad, incorporated in objects of daily use.

2016
Jantu at CeC, Academy of Electronic Arts in India
Shillong

Jantu, Electromechanical organisms exploring the ideas of swarm and emergence, supported by Arduino India

2016
Antariksha Sanchar at Sheffield Doc Fest
UK

Screening of Antarikhsa Sanchar (My M.Des Grad Project), a speculative science fiction adventure game, set in South India.

2015
Kavak Prakash at The Story Of Light Festival
Goa

Kavak Prakash (Electromechanical Organisms): Interactive light and origami based art installations as a part of the month long residency preceding the Art+Science festival in Goa.

Side Projects

2021
Advanced Representation (Teaching) at National Insititute of Design, Gandhinagar

Delivered a series of short courses on using visualisation in Cinema4D for 3rd semester PG students of New Media Design.

2021
Design Thinking (Lectures) at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida

Made a series of lectures on understanding, identifying and framing problem statements to 1st year MBA Students.

2019
Creative Coding (Teaching) at CEPT University, Ahmedabad

Delivered a week long elective course on visualization through code for 10th Semester UG students of architecture.

2019
Rube Goldberg Machines (Workshops) at National Insititute of Design, Gandhinagar

Delivered a short course on understanding motion, cause and effect via making tiny rube goldberg machines with paper

2018
Introduction to VR (Lectures) at Anant National University, Ahmedabad

Delivered a series of lectures to B.Arch students in their 6th Semester.

2018
Interactive Media (Workshop) at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

Conducted a 3-week long hands-on workshop on interactive media
to 6th Semester UG students of Exhibition Design.

2017
Internet of Things (Workshop) at Unitedworld Insititute of Design, Gandhinagar

Delivered a 3-week long hands-on workshop on IoT to 5th Semester UG students of Product Design.

2016
Design Thinking (Workshop) at Indian School of Business (Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 2016)

Facilitated a series of 3-day long Design Thinking workshops across colleges in cities and towns of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

2016
Video Game Controllers (Workshop) at Unitedworld Institute of Design

Conducted a 3-week long hands-on prototyping workshop on Video Game controllers to 5th Semester UG students of Product Design