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Neha Kodi

INNOVATION DESIGN & STRATEGY
 

DESIGN THINKING

WHAT IS IT?

My approach to design thinking is holistic, multi-disciplinary, and iterative in solving human-centered problems by using empathy to understand user needs, applying critical thinking to generate new knowledge, and developing strategy to create value for all stakeholders involved.

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WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE IN PRACTICE?
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ENGINEER BY DISCIPLINE.   DESIGNER BY PROFESSION.   INNOVATOR BY PASSION.

Passionate about unique products, I integrate human-centered design thinking skills with an analytical background and a persistent curiosity to solve multi-faceted problems and create novel, visceral, and impactful experiences.

PORTFOLIO

A HIGHLIGHT OF MY EXPERIENCE. SEE MORE
UX PROTOTYPING
DESIGN STRATEGY
UX RESEARCH

PROFESSIONAL

MY SKILLSET

As a generalized specialist, I'm trained across a broad spectrum of design disciplines which grants me the ability to work on a wide range of complex and integrated cases while having a specialized skillset empowers to produce high-quality work in my areas of strength.

Market Research

Quantitative Data Analysis

Product Life Cycle

A/B Testing

Requirements Gathering

User Stories

Foundational

SQL

BUSINESS DESIGN

User Research

Qualitative Behavior Synthesis

Journey Mapping

Wireframing & Prototyping

Information Architecture

Visual & Interaction Design

Foundational

HTML, CSS, JS

DESIGN STRATEGY

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

PRODUCT DESIGN

EXPERIENCE DESIGN

SERVICE DESIGN

MY STRENGTHS

Portrayed in the 10 Faces of Innovation

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EXPERIENCE ARCHITECT

Emotions are the drivers of human memories and are significant to experiences with products and services. In designing experiences to be enticing, engaging, and extending well past the point of interaction, I aim to enable users to associate the solutions designed for their specific needs to the lasting impact created in their lives.

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STORYTELLER

Using compelling narratives to appeal to the human of human-centered design is a powerful tool to engage people in brainstorming,  ideation and presentations. Through storytelling, I'm able to able to create a vision that drives my team forward and appeal to the emotions of users. I do this by storyboarding, communicative illustrating, and role playing.

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CROSS-POLLINATOR

I am able to stitch together ideas from different areas and disciplines to create novel and unique solutions. While I’m able to approach any new problem to be solved from a blank page, I draw from the diversity of my upraising and my interdisciplinary studies to every project I take on so that I can leverage different experiences to present distinct perspectives.

 
 

EDUCATION

A SUMMARY OF MY STUDIES

AUG. 2017 - MAY. 2018

DESIGN FOUNDATION

IIT INSTITUTE OF DESIGN

Chicago, IL

Over the course of a year, I gained essential design theory knowledge and mastered tactical techniques through extensive coursework under guidance from industry professionals of design. 

SEPT. 2018 - DEC. 2019

M.S. ENGINEERING DESIGN INNOVATION

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Evanston, IL

With a focus on the strategy of product and user experience and while solving the real needs of people, I am deeply immersed in design thinking — an innovative process of user observation, visualization, rapid prototyping, and iteration.

AUG. 2012 - MAY. 2016

B.S. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Pittsburgh, PA

Through my undergraduate studies, I honed the ability to adapt to the rapidly changing technologies and innovations. Seeking a technical foundation towards a career in product design, I graduated with a focus in manufacturing and rapid prototyping technology. 

 
 
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