Made with  | Mehul Shah.

mehul1995@gmail.com | Seattle, WA

IDF Meetups and Conferences Attended

INTERACTION DESIGN FOUNDATION

I have been a part of the IDF Community at Bangalore and Chennai for around 8 months now. IDF slack community was the first place where I had learnt more about Design Thinking and have been applying those concepts at my work. I have started blogging my meetup experiences on Linkedin and strive to learn more in this domain. 

Being a part of the community I got to learn lot about the trends and future growth in the industry. Networking with people from different background pursing the field of UX and Design allowed me define a stronger goal that I wish to pursue and contribute my part in.

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  • At the one of the workshops, we had a Product Manager from IBM - Sandeep Kulkarni how gave a talk on applying design thinking in most of the things we use and interact around us.

  • At the workshop we were put into groups of 7 and asked to work on a problem - " to bring in an acceptance of paper bags among the people thereby reducing the dependency of plastic bags" by applying design thinking.

Medium Blog: How to solve problems the “Design Thinking”‚Äč Way?

  • Each one in the team had to contribute equal efforts developing and shaping a persona to address the problems in the city of Bangalore.

  • We had to apply the 5 stages by Empathizing, Defining a problem statement, Ideating, Prototyping and finally Testing.

  • Following the first 3 stages of design thinking we had to present a prototype at the end.

  • We were able to come out with a great solution, where we later got along in the slack community to begin our work on it.

  • The link on the right navigates you the blog I posted on Medium to showcases the way of design thinking in solving any problem.

UX India Conference

I was invited to attend the UX India Conference were around 5 speakers in total had given their talks on the changing dimensions of UX field. 

The main goal was to showcase how design system plays a critical role in bringing a common language and consistency in experience across different products and brands of the organization, along with fuelling a collaborative approach towards design, making it easier for different team members to contribute.

With observation of design systems, we notice, almost all of them are having different structure and approach to define these, and almost none of them can be directly used in automation of design as they are not semantic in nature. Therefore most of these current approaches to design systems are not future-proof for tomorrow’s design operations.

“Semantic Design System”, address this issue, and focuses building a design system, that is equally human-readable and at the same time understood by the machine for the next generation of design operation with automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence. The talk also introduces, what Samir believes as “Nuclear Design”, an modelling approach that helps to lay out a framework that is the foundation for building design systems with semantics.

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