John Rodrigues

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My journey as a designer started when as a kid, I made a reacher stick for my disabled grandmother. Identifying pain points, prototyping, and testing were intuitive actions that I followed long before I knew “Design Thinking”. On a slight detour from my Design journey, I pursued a graduate degree in Engineering where I got to learn how products are built without often understanding the why. The search for that “why” led me to Industrial design which finally led me to UX Design. By constantly exploring, learning, and reinventing my career at multiple points, I have found the design to be at the intersection of my interests and passion – a job where I can solve problems for a living!

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 – 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.

My work experience includes working with Citi Bank, TOCA Football,  The Dice group, Blackstone Launchpad and PAM inc as a Product Designer. In addition to that, I have been a Lead Ambassador for Collaborizm, an online collaboration platform for solo entrepreneurs and creative professionals. My work with Collaborizm has been profiled in the New York Times.

When not obsessing over Design and Innovation, you will find me playing the guitar, traveling or making short films. I am also a create content for on Design YouTube Channel  where I share my learnings and talk about all things Design!
Thank you for reading my story!

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