Hey there, I am Harshad

Hello! my name is Harshad.
I am a product designer.

Hello! my name is Harshad. I am a product designer.

Thanks a lot for taking time and browsing my website. I am currently working at Dropbox as a lead designer on sharing experiences. In short, our team takes care of how content is shared from and to Dropbox. It’s one of the most complicated things I have ever worked on, besides working on fin-tech apps likes Mint and NerdWallet. When not designing, I spend time with my wife and 5-year-old daughter. I enjoy painting with Dry Pastels and cook Indian food.

Check out my Instagram, Medium and just in case here is my linkedin. :) If you like what you see here, drop me a line. Take care.

A new link model makes it easy to collaborate

A new link model for easy colloboration

Link is a simple and easy way to share content with peers. The new link model is fundamentally different compared to its predecessor, which was designed in 2012.

Link is a simple and easy way to share content with peers. The new link model is fundamentally different compared to its predecessor, which was designed in 2012.

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NerdWallet Advice on Demand

Advice on Demand is a platform that connects the user to the financial advisor. The product helps the users to get the second opinion on financial situations at no cost.

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NerdWallet Rewards

A monthly rewards program designed to build good spending habits and engage users with the product. Case study coming soon.

Couple of things I can help with

Define strategy and execute design

Defining the high-level strategic vision and translating the vision into the final designs for mobile (touch) and web (click) interfaces.

Lead design team

Lead and manage a team that delivers effective solutions within timelines, and scope. Creating a healthy, playful and challenging work environment for senior and junior designers.

Communicate ideas efficiently

Running collaborative design sessions with stakeholders, design peers and project team members. Communicating strategy, design concepts by carefully considering the audience needs.

Build empathy for the user

Advocating for user goals and needs in the project and designing experiences that are memorable, delightful and engaging for end users.

My design process

I believe a good design process is people focused & inclusive.

It can help the team to focus on the right set of problems by cutting the communication overload. A good design process creates cohesion in work. It can help the team to move fast. A good design process raises the quality of the output. It can help the business to win the competition. On the contrary, a cumbersome process can sometimes ignore the gut instinct. It may not help the team to think outside of the box when needed and break conventions.

A design process is not insurance for decision making, neither a list of checkboxes. It is like a DMV Handbook, refer to it when in doubt, no need it read it while driving :)

design process

Discover

Design team focuses on figuring out the right set of user and business goals. Customer journey mapping, generative research, and data analysis are few activities to name in the design discovery phase.

Define

Considering the budget, scope, and the efforts, the team can define success metrics and narrow down to few goals. Definition phase focuses less on design and more on stakeholder alignment.

Design

With the right set of goals and tasks defined, design team focuses on solving the problem. Low fidelity wireframes, flows help to move fast validate the design solutions with users and engineers.

Deliver

With the agile development process in mind, design team converts the wire-frames into higher fidelity mocks. The design team works closely with engineering team to ensure the quality output.

Measure

The design team works closely with engineering and data analytics to evaluate the performance of a product. Depending on the result, team goes back to the drawing board or further optimize.

Reflecting the process in day to day

Thats’ all for now. Thanks once again.
Want to catchup over a cup of coffee? Drop me a line.