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Neha Kodi

HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN STRATEGIST
 

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.

As an innovation consultant, 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 and services.

PORTFOLIO

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

PROFESSIONAL

MY SKILLSET

Being a generalized specialist allows me to apply my breadth of skills across a wide range of industries and disciplines while my depth of focuses empowers me to produce high quality of work.

BUSINESS DESIGN

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

SERVICE DESIGN

INTERACTION DESIGN

EXPERIENCE DESIGN

PRODUCT DESIGN

MY STRENGTHS

QUALITATIVE & QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH

STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

PROTOTYPING

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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.

EXPERIENCE ARCHITECT

 
 

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 on physical and digital prototyping under the guidance of industry professionals in design.

SEPT. 2018 - DEC. 2019

M.S. ENGINEERING DESIGN INNOVATION

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Evanston, IL

I gained an immersive understanding of the human-centered design process by building empathy with user in context, critically synthesizing findings from user research to develop actionable insights and rapidly prototyping impactful solutions to learn iteratively.

AUG. 2012 - MAY. 2016

B.S. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Pittsburgh, PA

Through my undergraduate studies, I honed the ability to adapt to rapidly changing technologies and emerging 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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