Experience

Murasaki Studio, LLC - Founder and Principal

9/2013-present

My design consulting practice. Clients include global corporations, startups, and nonprofits. Projects have spanned responsive design, research, visual/UI work, and print design.

UPMC Technology Development Center - Senior Designer

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

PROJECTS: Convergence, Pathways

SKILLS: Windows 8.1, tablet/multimodal design, user research, facilitation, affinity diagramming, wireframes, visual synthesis and brainstorming, rapid 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

UXPA Boston 2013 Conference

5/2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Presenter: "Intercultural UX Design"

Pittsburgh JET Alumni Association

3/2014-present

President / JETAANY Subchapter Representative

El Sistema Pittsburgh

11/2013-present

Volunteer and Designer

Other Interests & Activities

Violin, volunteering, hiking, domestic / international travel

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
  • Video Sketch Development
  • Web Design

RESEARCH

  • Affinity Diagramming
  • Card Sorting
  • Cultural Probes & Diaries
  • Ethnography & Field Studies
  • Facilitation
  • Interviews
  • Prototyping (rapid, paper, hi-fi)
  • Surveys
  • Usability Testing
  • Use Cases & User Stories
  • Wireframing
  • Workflows

SOFTWARE & COMPUTING

  • Adobe Suite
  • Agile & Scrum
  • CSS3 / CSS (hand-coded)
  • HTML5 / XHTML (hand-coded)
  • Sketch
  • Unix (command line)
  • Web standards
  • Windows 8.1
  • WordPress

LANGUAGES

  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Tamil

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • AIGA, CHI, IxDA, UXPA
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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