Hi! I am Sohaj

I design Experiences

And help businesses innovate


I love designing user centered products and services while looking at the
feasibility of the technology and viability of the business.


Work




How I approach design challenges



Role: Connected device prototyping

Open the door lock just with your face


Role: User Interface / User-Testing

Bart kiosk redesign

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The majority of my work is under NDA. Please reach out to me to access patented projects





Blogs


My thoughts on Design & Technology


10 steps to Interaction Design (IxD)

Are you transitioning from visual design, psychology or computer science or any other field into IxD, UX or HCI? Then this post is for you...


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Camera Innovation Concept - 2018

Quick design-thinking exercise for built-in camera based on existing technologies; & building a business model around it...


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3 Effects of Chatbots & Assistants on UX

It was a part of UX designers’ job to minimalize the interface and information and assist the user to perform the needed task in the minimum time...


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Daily problem of picking an outfit

Case Study: Creating experience of mobile app that manages your wardrobe and suggests you outfits with creative match-making using AI


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Resume


Work

Monotype Solutions / Senior UX Designer

JUL 2014 - JUL 2017/ Noida, India
  • Proposed idea for brand engagement in messaging space, based on extensive user-centered study and market research. The project led to an acquisition for $27million.
  • Conceived a potential business that helps in simplifying day-to-day decision-making process. Created UX and Roadmap of the app, bot and website. Funded by FbStart
  • Created experiences in AR/VR, Automotive and Font discovery domains
  • Clients - Monotype (Internal), Universal Studios, Starbucks, Apple and Google

Commonfloor.com / Interaction Design Intern

MAY - JUL 2013 / Bengaluru, India

Explored novel interactions and helped build the Map based property search portal; and mobile app for brokers to manage their business tasks and their networks


Freelance/Consultancy / Designer & Strategist

2009 - 2014 / Roorkee, India

Designed for start ups and industry leaders such as JP Morgan Chase, Aam Aadmi Party, Startgrid, Help-Full, CDCLabs, Ravi Sharma Ex-CEO Adani, Cloudchowk, SAAR etc.



Education

California College of the Arts (CCA)

Masters of Design, Interaction Design | AUG 2017 - AUG 2018

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R)

Bachelors of Technology | AUG 2009 - JUN 2014


Notables

5 Patent applications

Filed 5 patent applications as a co-inventor in Messaging, Decision-making and Fonts domain


2 New Ventures

Helped Innovation team build two new businesses for Monotype in Instant Messaging and Augmented Reality


Innovation @ Monotype

Founding member of the Innovation Team that explores various Business opportunities through Design Thinking process.


Featured in

UX Design Collective, UX Planet, Product Hunt, Framer, Marvel, Prototypr, UXConnect


Health Innovation Finalist

Finalist in world-wide Startup pitch competition - Global Health Challenge ‘18


UX, Help-full

Designed the experience of connecting older people with potential helpers dashboard, website and mobile app for Help-full





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About




I believe in thinking empathetically and sharing ideas humbly.

I am an Experience Designer and Product Strategist with 4+ yrs of experience. I thrive in the strategic and concept phases of new product and service innovation, from research and insights, to ideation and product planning, to rapid prototyping and testing. I know when to look at the bigger picture and when to give attention to details.

I was the founding member of the Product Innovation team at Monotype where I worked in Messaging, AR, Automobiles, and Font Discovery. While serving as Senior UX Designer & Solutions Innovator, I lead multi-disciplinary teams for cross-media products and services. I filed 5 patent applications in instant messaging, brand engagement and decision-making domains. 

I love designing user-centric products & services while looking at the feasibility of the technology and viability of the business. I am an amateur Machine Learner, and emerging fields like voice interaction, AR, chatbots intrigues me. Therefore, it’s the intersection of business, design, and technology that drives my curiosity.

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