Experience

AUTODESK - Senior Experience Designer

8/2015-2/2018 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

PROJECTS: ReCap product suite

SKILLS: User research, strategy, cross-product alignment, wireframes, UI design, content strategy

Murasaki Studio, LLC - Founder and Principal

9/2013-present

SELECTED CLIENTS: Duke University Medical Center, Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania, BistroBot

SKILLS: Responsive design, user research, facilitation, synthesis, wireframes, UI design, print design

UPMC Technology Development Center - Senior Designer

10/2013-10/2014 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

PROJECTS: Convergence, Pathways

SKILLS: Windows Metro design, user research, facilitation, synthesis, prototyping, sketching

AUTODESK - User Experience Designer

10/2011-9/2013 - Waltham, Massachusetts & Manchester, New Hampshire, USA

PROJECTS: Autodesk InfraWorks, AutoCAD Utility Design

SKILLS: User research, synthesis, prototyping, wireframing, concept sketching, usability testing, agile UX, distributed/remote work

ELECTRONIC INK - Intern, Design Development

5/2010-8/2010 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

SKILLS: Wireframes, workflows, interaction design, QA, meeting with customers

IBM INTERNET SECURITY SYSTEMS - Graphic Designer, Usability & User Experience

9/2007-7/2009 - Atlanta, Georgia, USA

PROJECTS: Proventia software suite

SKILLS: "Bluewashing" (rebranding to align with IBM's brand), UI graphic design, icon design

JET PROGRAMME - Assistant English Teacher / Webmaster and Graphic Designer

7/2005-7/2007 - Ikeda Town, Miyoshi City, Tokushima, Japan (日本徳島県三好市池田町)

PROJECTS: TAJET website, forum, and collateral

SKILLS: Multilingual web & print design, bilingual teaching (children and adults), illustration, grassroots international ambassadorship

BELLSOUTH INTELLIVENTURES - Web Designer

2/2005-7/2005 - Atlanta, Georgia, USA

PROJECTS: websites for small to medium-sized businesses in the southeast US

SKILLS: Web standards, meeting fast deadlines (built ~70 websites/homepages in 5 months)

Education

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

8/2009-5/2011 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Master of Design: Communication Planning and Information Design

THESIS: We're not in Kansai anymore: Designing for reverse culture shock

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

8/1999-12/2004 - Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Bachelor of Science: Science, Technology, & Culture - Media Studies

Minor in Japanese

Extracurriculars

Pittsburgh JET Alumni Association

3/2014-present

President / JETAANY Subchapter Representative

Edgewood Symphony Orchestra

8/2017-present

1st Violinist

412 Food Rescue

5/2017-present

Weekly route volunteer

Contact

hola@smithaprasadh.com

Please e-mail me for my offline contact information.

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Skills

DESIGN & VISUAL

  • Data visualization
  • Icon design
  • Information architecture
  • Information design
  • Logo / wordmark design
  • Photography & image editing
  • Presentation & pitch design
  • Responsive design
  • Sketching / illustration
  • Storyboarding
  • Typography
  • Web design

RESEARCH

  • Affinity diagramming
  • Card sorting
  • Ethnography & field studies
  • Facilitation
  • Interviews
  • LUMA Fundamentals
  • Prototyping (rapid, paper, hi-fi)
  • Remote user research
  • Surveys and polls
  • Synthesis
  • Usability testing
  • Use cases & user stories
  • Wireframing
  • Workflows

SOFTWARE & TECHNOLOGY

  • Adobe Suite
  • Agile & Scrum
  • CSS3 / CSS (hand-coded)
  • HTML5 / XHTML (hand-coded)
  • Invision
  • Laser scanning
  • Photogrammetry
  • Pixelmator
  • SASS
  • Sketch
  • Unix (command line)
  • Web standards
  • WordPress
  • Zeplin

ADVOCACY & INVOLVEMENT

  • Advocate: ethics and inclusion
  • Conference speaker
  • Guest lecturer
  • Independent design research
  • Mentor

LANGUAGES

  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Tamil
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AutoCAD Utility Design
Autodesk InfraWorks
Information Design: Designing Information Spaces
Information Design: Self-Portrait
Presentation: Intercultural Design
Presentation: What is UX?
Shirt Design: CMU's All University Orchestra
Convergence
Master's Thesis: Designing for Reverse Culture Shock
Video: A Meditation on Reverse Culture Shock