In Numbers

13 years, age of my design journey

 7  years of industry experience in Cloud, Mobile & Data domains

 4  apps featured on the Apple AppStore

 2  number of degrees. Masters in HCI/Social Computing, Bachelors in Design

 1  cup, my daily coffee dose

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Summary

User Experience Design Leader creating simple, scalable, cross-platform designs, formulating design strategies, and building productive creative teams. Experienced in defining, designing and publishing applications for analysis and visualization of Big Data workloads with patents pending in the data domain and work featured multiple times in the Apple AppStore.

Work Experience

Design Lead, Qubole Inc Mar 16 – Present

  • Designed the core interactions and experience of the new intelligent autonomous features of the Qubole Data Service (QDS), including dynamic data previews, data insights and data structure recommendations
    Led the redesign of the data science offering centered around open source Zeppelin notebooks, project environments and visualization dashboards
  • Identified user frustrations as well as product gaps and influenced stakeholders, leading to company wide efforts centered around progress visibility and error debugability
  • Hired and manage the current design team of 3, compromising of interaction and visual designers
  • Define processes for day to day working of the design team with other teams including UI and QA
  • Creating empathy for users, driving adoption of design, and introducing new design techniques in the development process leading to faster development time and fewer product changes

Senior User Experience Designer, Oracle America Inc Aug 12 – Mar 16

  • Lead designer for entire suite of Oracle PaaS and IaaS services bringing $800 million in revenue
  • Increased the trial sign-ins for Oracle Cloud services by 27% by engaging multiple teams and redesigning the entire flow
  • Led the initiative for redefining the visual language and user assistance features for all Oracle products (altaui.com)
  • Support more than 10 different agile development teams

User Experience Designer, Wolfram Research Inc. Jul 10 – Aug 12

  • Designed more than 5 strategic products for Wolfram with data at the forefront leading to patents(pending)
  • Led and defined user experiences for integrating Wolfram|Alpha with 3 external partner products including Apple Siri, Facebook Q&A, Nuance NLP
  • Designed interactions, flows and architecture for more than 30 mobile apps on iOS and Android devices
  • Defined and formulated group procedures, deliverables, mobile UI guidelines and recruitment strategies

User Interface Designer, Emerging Scholars Network (ESIN) Sep 09 – Oct 10

  • Designed new architecture/interfaces and worked with developers to migrate the existing social network to Drupal
  • Analyzed network data to understand user activity and supported these through appropriate community features
  • Incorporated new social features in the design to encourage contribution and promote a healthy community

Intern, Strategic Interaction Design, Whirlpool Corporation May 09 – Aug 09

  • Performed market survey and competitive analysis on more than 20 energy management products
  • Investigated user interaction for energy management on appliance displays
  • Developed high fidelity prototype for the product using defined standards, conducted user research
  • Created brand specifications for ‘Maytag’ to be used across appliances

Web Designer, Smithsonian Museum of African Art Feb 09

  • Worked with the stakeholders and users to understand user needs and expectations
  • Created Information architecture and Navigation model for the new intranet
  • Developed intranet for the Docents using HTML 4.1 strict and CSS
  • Implemented third party tools like Wikis, forums and blogs for discussing lectures

Student Research Assistant, SPECS, Barcelona, Spain May – July 07

  • Worked extensively on acquiring real time physiological measurements of stroke patients, using mobile biosensors, to adapt mechanics of a rehabilitation game
  • Defined threshold levels for various game adaptations based on physiological feedback
  • Wrote an extensive framework using C to integrate the feedback to Torque Gaming Engine
  • Conducted studies on users after this successful implementation

Intern, First Usable, Bangalore, India May – July 06

  • Worked closely with developers to manage development of various ongoing projects
  • Developed a product to assist developers in making accessible and usable products
  • Involved in information architecture, paper prototyping, heuristic evaluation, database integration and prototyping
  • Worked with stakeholders and users for requirement gathering and subsequent follow-ups

Education

  • MS, Human Computer Interaction and Social Computing Aug 08 – May 10University of Michigan

  • BS, Interaction Design Aug 04 – May 08Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Skills and Proficiency

  • Usability techniques:Task analysis, Contextual Inquiry, User Journey Maps, Persona and Scenarios, Information Architecture, Navigation model, Prototyping, Heuristic Evaluation, Think-aloud testing
  • Software: Axure, Omnigraffle, Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Matlab
  • Programming: C, C++, Python, HTML, CSS, Javascript, UML, Google App Engine

Other

  • Patent Pending: Stephen Wolfram, Kumar Mayank, Taliesin Beynon, “Predictive user interface method and apparatus”
  • Judge, San Mateo County STEM fair (2014-Present)
  • Networking team volunteer for PAN-IIT 2015 conference attended by over 2000 people
  • SI Exposition-2010, 3rd place, Best Community Information Project
  • Ranked among 0.7% of the students to clear the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to get into IIT
  • Head, Design team Alcheringa, the annual cultural festival of IIT Guwahati

Papers and Publications

  • Ityam Vasal, S. Deshpande, Kumar Mayank, Pradeep Yammiyavar (2009). “A tangible product to enhance real time user experience of enjoying music using kinaesthetic interactions”, USID 2009 Bangalore. India.
  • Kumar Mayank, S. Deshpande, Ityam Vasal (2009). “System design to extend usage of mobile phones for microfinance services in India”, USID 2009 Bangalore. India.
  • Kumar Mayank, Suyog Deshpande (2009). “Cultural Factors Influencing Elements of Interface Design for Indian Youth: Study and Guidelines”, Human Work Interaction Design 2009 IFIP 13.6, Pune, India.
  • Kumar Mayank, Ityam Vasal, S.Deshpande, Pradeep Yammiyavar (2009). “User aspiration modeling to predict features for the design of a new group interactive music device for the young in India”, ICorD, Bangalore.
  • Pratik Kotkar, Kumar Mayank, Suyog Deshpande (2008). “A Cellular Fare Collection System for Suburban Railways in India”, Wireless Systems: Advance Research and Development, IEEE conference, Bangalore, Jan’08.
  • Monica S. Cameirao, Sergi Bermudez i Badia, Kumar Mayank, Christoph Guger, Paul F.M.J. Verschure (2007). “Physiological Responses during Performance within a Virtual Scenario for Rehabilitation of Motor Deficits”, PRESSENCE, Barcelona, Oct’07
 

 

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I work as the Design Lead at Qubole Inc. where I am responsible for designing the autonomous data platform and managing the design strategy as well as the creative team. 

During my previous stints working on Oracle Cloud and Wolfram Research, I contributed with requirement gathering, research, ideation, brainstorm and design of many data driven products across different media including mobile, desktop and web.

I have a Masters degree from the University of Michigan, School of Information, Ann Arbor, specializing in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Social Computing (SC). I did my undergraduate studies from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, India with specialization in Interaction Design.

While the scientific community enriches us with technological innovations, I, as a designer, look upon myself as the one who encapsulates them into a tangible form. Design, to me, is a problem solving process for which connecting to the end users and understanding their needs, experiences and frustrations is important. It is for achieving these goals that I want to work in an environment that nurtures excellence with a spirit of innovation.