Ananth Pai

I'm furiously passionate about good design.

ananthpai.com

ananth.610@gmail.com

UX Design Internships

Microsoft IDC  July – Dec '17

Travel Experiences for Bing — Worked on designing a new travel experience for Bing. The project involved all the stages of product design, including research, ideation, and wireframing culminating in a web-based product for desktop and mobile.

InfoEdge (Naukri.com)  May – July '16

Wedding Planner App — Worked on designing a wedding planner app to allow couples to smoothly transition from JeevanSaathi.com while staying in the InfoEdge ecosystem. It involved research, ideation, wireframing, and prototyping, resulting in a mobile app.

Work Experience

GoZoomo.com  Feb – July '15

UI/UX Designer & Front-End Developer

Being in a peer-to-peer online used car marketplace startup funded by SAIF Partners allowed me to design the UI and UX of the GoZoomo web app, mobile apps, and push front-end code to production.

Icicle Technologies  June '14 – Feb '15

UI/UX Designer & Front-End Developer

Fresh out of engineering college, my first job as a designer at this web services company allowed me to refine my graphic and UI skills, learn front-end web technologies, and even ship to production.

Skill Sets

  • Skills
  • User Interface Design
  • Web Design
  • Wireframing
  • Front-end development
  • Graphic Design
  • Data Visualisation
  • User Research
  • Tools
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Sketch
  • Inkscape
  • GIMP
  • Technologies
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • LESS, SASS, SCSS
  • Bootstrap 3
  • jQuery
  • Snap SVG
  • Git

Key Strengths

  • Keen eye for detail, and a drive to perfect work
  • Strong front-end web development skills with an emphasis on device agnostic UI
  • Keen on producing semantic and highly modular markup
  • Exceptional visual design skill
  • Self-motivated with a desire to learn outside the comfort zone
  • Focused on a user-first approach
  • Experience in working in a highly collaborative, cross-functional team
  • Strong communication and presentation skills

Going Further

  • Design and Development Workshop

    In January 2017, I was given the opportunity to conduct a workshop on Front-end Web Development and UI/UX Design for desktop web applications. The workshop was held at the JSS Academy of Technical Education, and facilitated by ExpertsHub. It covered topics such as the process for designing desktop web applications, and how to implement the design using HTML5, CSS3, and Bootstrap.

  • Music and Singing

    Playing guitar and singing is my pastime passion. I enjoy experimenting with different styles, from percussive fingerstyle acoustic guitar and jazz improvisation to classic rock and extreme progressive metal.

  • Sequoia::Design

    I was chosen to participate in the Sequoia::Design designathon twice consecutively (the first time being the only person from my batch). Sakhi was born from this experience.

  • Staying Up-to-date

    Reading about design and tech is a full-time job for me. I follow over 50 design and tech blogs (including A List Apart, Airbnb Design, Eli Schiff, Intercom, Smashing Magazine, Subtraction.com, Google Design, UX Magazine, Nielsen Norman Group, etc.) — a collection I've carefully curated for over 7 years now. This helps me stay up-to-date with all the design, tech, and front-end trends, and makes for a handy reference whenever I need to look something up.

  • Starting Design Early

    During my time at MIT Manipal, I participated in several activities to understand design better. This included founding a poster and tshirt design startup (Poster Anna), working as a graphic designer for IEEE, freelancing graphic design projects, working on client projects for WLS Solutions, and being a member of the official Editorial Board. You can follow my design journey here.

  • Always Learning

    I enjoy reading non-fiction books on the history of design and art, or on economics, world history, and politics if I get the chance. I'm also keen on learning how to better appreciate art and design in all its forms — including typography, classical and jazz music, cinematography, photography, psychology, and philosophy.