A New Way of Working
The line between work and home has not just blurred, it has disappeared. WFH (work from home) is the new reality. In such a scenario, how do we navigate around team spirit, work culture, accountability, and building inter-personal relationships? How do we manage our client's expectations of confidentiality, project delivery and professionalism? How do we sign-up new projects in the current global climate? And all of us are struggling with this one – how do we juggle between household chores, maintaining emotional stability and ensuring that we meet every work deadline? Or, we ask, is productivity overrated while we're in the midst of a global crisis?
Six design professionals share their own stories, perspectives, fears and questions. Six short talks (3-5 mins each), followed by a Q&A session.
This session will be moderated by Siddharth Kabra.
This is a free event. Open to all. You will receive an email a day before the event, with a link to the online session.
Meet the speakers:
Siddharth Kabra | Director, Monsoon Fish
Siddharth is a product and strategy consultant. He studied Product Design at NID, Ahmedabad and Strategic Management at IIM, Calcutta. He has been working in the area of design consulting for 15+ years for clients across sectors; and has built an organization comprising various design services offered as an integrated, end-to-end service.
Siddharth is the CEO of Monsoonfish, working in product strategy, design, UX and UI with an energetic team of 40+ designers. His team at Monsoonfish works on mobile/ web applications, software, websites across domains like Healthcare, ERPs, HRMS, Learning & Education, Automotive and more.
Nishma Pandit | Director, Ticket Design
Nishma is co-founder at Ticket Design, a multidisciplinary design consulting firm. She has, over the years, designed solutions across domains, lead teams, and successfully implemented winning strategies.
Under her leadership, Ticket Design has established itself as a respected design consulting firm, with a wide variety of award-winning products. Some of the awards that Ticket Design has won are Red Dot Product Design Award, CII Award for UX design, Silver Award at US Appliance Design, India Star and Asia Star Presidential Award, to name a few.
Tanay Kumar | CEO and Creative Director, Fractal Ink
Tanay graduated from BIT Mesra in 2000, and did his Post Graduation (gold medalist) from IDC, IIT Bombay in Visual Communication. In 2006, he moved to London to join LBI (one of largest digital agencies in Europe) as a Creative Head for their Indian arm. He helped stabilise relationships and bring design practices from London to their India office.
He moved back to India in 2010, and was appointed Creative Director for LBI India. Shortly after which FIDS Pvt. Ltd. was formed with a vision to take digital design in India to the next level. Some of the brands Tanay has worked with, include Microsoft, F1, Disney, British Telecom, Indian Railways, Nokia, Barclays, Axis Bank, ICICI, Samsung, Godrej.
Narendra Ghate | Head of Research, UX, Service Design, Tata Elxsi
Narendra leads a team of 100+ designers, delivering design projects in UX, Service Design & Consumer Research. His role includes sales as well as delivery responsibility with revenue targets.
Narendra is involved in a wide variety of projects, across various platforms –design of consumer products, B2B products, automotive products; experience design of showrooms, airports, metros; signage systems; customer experience centres, design of heritage walks, wine tours; trend prediction and ethnographic research.
Ayush Kasliwal | Creative Director, CEO AKDPL
Experienced in the craft and manufacturing sector, with extensive and in depth knowledge of materials and processes, Ayush works with designers across the globe, and develops products with them.
He believes that design, other than modifying material, can effect change in experience, and in the lives of the users as well as the makers.
Seema Seth | Founder, Studio Sky
Seema, alumna of Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, is a Communication Designer based in Bangalore. She brings in 17+ years of hands-on experience in the design industry. She founded Studio Sky, a brand design and communication firm, in 2010. Her work involves articulating brand strategy, designing and crafting brand identity, and brand communication (both, visual and verbal).
She received an award for ‘Driving the Future through Creativity & Entrepreneurship’ at the Women’s Economic Forum in 2017.
Seema maintains a balance between design practice and academia, and is Guest Faculty at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology and National Institute of Design.