I am John Rodrigues - User Research and Design strategist, with a Master's degree in User Experience and Interaction Design from Thomas Jefferson University, USA. I have been working in Design and Innovation for the past four years.
As a Designer with his roots in Engineering, I could see a gap existing between how a product is designed and how it is eventually built. With an aim to address this, I co-founded an Innovation lab in India - D&D SmartLabs, where we worked on multiple projects by interweaving design concepts with a structured developmental approach. One of our projects - “D&D SmartKit”, was awarded The Top Rams Business pitch competition and the Matt Glass award for Entrepreneurship conducted by Blackstone Launchpad Jefferson. Along with an active social media presence, D&D SmartLabs also hosts a weekly podcast “D&D SmartTalks” where we collaborate with designers , developers and innovators to dive further into the worlds of Design and Innovation.
Good design is feasible, desirable, viable but above all meaningful. Having worked across varied platforms like App, Web, AR/VR, IOT, AI and Robotics, I have come to understand that the true merit of any design lies in the Impact that it creates. By keeping people at the center of design and innovation, I work to amplify human experience by designing and building meaningful products.
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