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  • Protected: Yahoo Answers Redesign

    Interaction Design, Web

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  • Data Visualizations – Exploratory Study

    Graphics, Interaction Design

    This study was conducted during the explore phase for Developer Analytics Portal, a new portal being developed by Microsoft.

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  • Protected: ISV Research + Infographics

    Graphics, Interaction Design

    Microsoft conducted a study on Micro-ISV startups – with the aim of gathering insights about their motivations, technologies used, and difficulties faced during development and testing.

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  • Protected: Windows Azure – BizTalk EDI Portal

    Interaction Design, Web

    This project was done for Microsoft. EDI stands for Electronic Data Transfer. EDI Portals allow businesses to discover each other and exchange transaction data. The current version of this product is aligned to Windows Azure.

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  • Protected: Metro Design Study

    Interaction Design

    A design study on how Metro Design Language guidelines translated to desktop applications. We wanted to evaluate how the behaviour, layout, icons, graphics and actual presentation of information would change.

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  • Protected: Azure Cloud Data Manager

    Interaction Design

    Cloud Data Manager allows enterprises to store data on the cloud while having the ease of access of on-premise storage. Microsoft acquired the company Storsimple and the product was based on their technology. It was integrated into the Windows Azure ecosystem.

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  • Microsoft Giving Campaign

    Graphics

    Branding and t-shirt for all participants at Microsoft’s Giving Campaign – the annual charity mega-event for employees. It became quite popular, being worn by people even a year after the event.

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  • Online Presence for PEC Mfg. Co.

    Interaction Design, Web

    Context This was a design study/project done in spare time for Precision Electronic Components Mfg. Co (PEC). PEC is an...

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  • Protected: Feedback Tool

    Interaction Design

    A Visual Studio 2012 feature allowing project stakeholders to easily request, provide and receive feedback about projects. Was part of the team that conceptualized the UX. Prototyped the concept iteratively before providing the final design spec.

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  • Mobile Phones in Microfinance

    Interaction Design

    Project was guided by Microsoft IDC as part of its classroom collaboration with IIT Guwahati. Our group’s topic was ‘Empowering people in emerging markets using low-end mobile phones’. It was selected for presentation to the then head of Microsoft IDC.

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  • Graphics and Posters

    Graphics

    Some of the graphics and posters made during my time at Microsoft for various events and services.

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  • Protected: Microsoft DPM Console Redesign

    Interaction Design

    The objective was to redesign the DPM Console’s legacy style layout, and bring it in line with the Office 2010 model. Examined refashioned the IA, and also came up with Ribbon design for the console.

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  • DoD Information Brochure

    Graphics

    This was a design assignment and my introduction to Graphic Design. Learnt the fundamentals of grid layout and composition while making an information brochure for Department of Design, IIT Guwahati. It was to serve as an introductory brochure for freshers taking their first steps in the department.

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  • Protected: Circular Journey Ticketing

    Interaction Design, System Design

    This was a design assignment from Microsoft. It was a challenging and thought provoking assignment that required a solution to a complex problem. It involved ideation, imagination and prototyping.

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  • The Evolution of My Portfolio website

    Web

    This is the story of my portfolio websites, from my very first one in Dec 2009, to the present one completed in June 2013

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  • Liverpool FC – Fan blog site

    Web

    Made a Liverpool FC themed website blog to publish news stories and opinions about Liverpool Football Club. The logo of the site is an adaptation of the famous Logo of Liverpool FC. This was a good exploration of wordpress and the art of theming - php etc..

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  • Design for IIT Guwahati Tech + Cult Fests

    Graphics

    Was part of the design team for Techniche 2009, IIT Guwahati's technical festival. Made the sponsorship brochure and created mockups for the website. There were 4 people in the team.

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  • Aushadhi – Rural Healthcare System

    System Design

    A systems design project. Conceptualised a system to provide healthcare to rural folk in Assam.

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  • Branding for Sarson Oil

    Branding, Graphics

    This was a branding exercise for Sarson Oil, a new product released by Om Oils. Part of the exercise was to design a logo for the brand, and the packaging as well.

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  • Music Video for ‘House of Cards’

    Video

    A videography course assignement and first attempt at storytelling through video. Music Video for Radiohead’s song ‘House of Cards’. I learnt a lot and had fun doing it.

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I'm Venkateswaran Gopal, a User Experience Design Professional.

 

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The Bass Player – Illustration

The Bass Player – Illustration

Made the sketch and coloured it using Procreate App and ‘Pencil’ stylus on Ipad Air

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Sketching on Ipad – Attempt 1

Sketching on Ipad – Attempt 1

Tried some sketching on the Ipad using Paper by 53 and Pencil Stylus.

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Anonymouse – Illustration

Anonymouse – Illustration

We needed a thmbnail for Anonymous posts on Yahoo Answers. Since it was being redesigned as a fun product, I came up with an illustration called ‘Anonymouse’ – a play on the word ‘Anonymous’.

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Poster – Think in Grids

Poster – Think in Grids

Made this poster while exploring grid systems in Adobe Illustrator. There is a wonderful tool in it Object > Path > Split into Grid that allows easy making and editing of grids with proper margins. It is a must to start any composition with this…

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Making my Website Header

Making my Website Header

I wanted it to be a header someone could just stare at for a few seconds without getting bored, just taking it in and appreciating it at the high level and the detailed level. When I published the first version of this website  (www.chasingexperience.com ),…

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Graphical Summary – Back of the Napkin

Graphical Summary – Back of the Napkin

One of the best books to get you to start thinking visually is Dan Roam’s ‘Back of the Napkin’. It lays down the process of seeing and then getting ideas before showing those ideas graphically in an easy to understand way.

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Fonts I Like – Titillium

Fonts I Like – Titillium

I will try to keep uploading the analysis of free fonts every week. To start off this series, is Titillium. A free font that I’ve used many times. It is very similar to Klavika, which is the font whose modified version facebook uses for its…

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Illustration: Peel Back The Layers

Illustration: Peel Back The Layers

Made an illustration on the message ‘Explore all issues to their depth’ , ‘peel back the layers’, and ‘always ask an extra why’.

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The Buxton Collection

The Buxton Collection

“The future is already here, it’s just not that well distributed.” That was the main message in Bill Buxton’s talk at the UX Day recently held at Microsoft. He showed us a wonderful gadget he had bought in the 70s. A Casio watch that doubled…

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A Typographic Dating Game

A Typographic Dating Game

For a typophile like me, it just doesn’t get better than typeconnection.com – A ‘typographic dating game’ where you’re asked to pick two fonts that go well together. After choosing the first one, you can adopt various strategies to choose a good combination. Then you…

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