Hi 👋 I am Soumya (pronounced: saw-mia) and here's my story:
I am a UX designer with a background in science and arts. I studied chemistry during my undergrad from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. During my undergrad, through my involvement with the design organization, I realized my true passion lies in design and wanted to solve problems using design for the rest of my life. I love that UX design hit the sweet spot of being a perfect combination of creativity and analytical thinking, and I love how it gives me an opportunity to innovate and create solutions so quickly.
In 2014, I started my career as a UX and UI designer. I worked with TinyOwl, Livspace.com, and Genospace on their mobile and web applications in cross-functional teams leading the UX efforts and growing as a UX designer. I then pursued a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech to build on my experience and strengthen my foundations in UX research and design to take the next leap in my career.
My approach to design is user centered. My biggest strengths are always staying curious, aligning user and business needs, and having a problem solving mindset. I am a facilitator and thrive in a collaborative environment where everyone is passionate about solving problems aligned towards a bigger mission.
// Fun fact: I lived in 10 cities and speak 4 languages (influencing my strong empathetic side).
As a designer I am always learning and growing. To stay updated and inspired, I listen to podcasts and read articles online. My go-to podcasts include the following: Design Details , 99% Invisible, Product Breakfast Club and UI Breakfast. My reading list includes Nielsen Norman Group, UX Collective, UX Magazine, Luke Wroblewski's blog and endless articles on Medium.