Skills & Expertise
Rhode Island School of Design
Continued Education, Graphic Design, 2013 - 2015
Indiana University Bloomington
Masters, Human Computer Interaction Design, 2008 - 2010 Activities and Societies: IA-55 Graduate Informatics Student Association member. Student Membership of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Member of Digital Social Interactions Research Group, School of Informatics, Indiana University Member of HCI Design Club, School of Informatics, Indiana University Member of HCI Discussion Group, School of Informatics, Indiana University
Visvesvaraya Technological University
Engineering, Biotechnology, 2004 - 2008
Activities and Societies: Academically participated in research related to Biomedical Bioinformatics field. Actively participated in helping university organize cultural and technical festivals. My role in organization lied in Sponsorship committee.
User experience research and design.
System for changing human perception towards honking and reducing noise pollution on roads
India Patent Application 3733/DEL/2013
Inventors: Varun K.
Masters, Human Computer Interaction Design
Indiana University Bloomington
Computer supported cooperative work
Human Computer Interaction Theory -1
Human Computer Interaction Theory -2
Graphic Design Basics
Capstone project- 1
Capstone project- 2
Continued Education, Graphic Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Graphic Design Overview
Principles of Animation
Digital Tools for print design
Introduction to Graphic form
User Experience Designer
IT for Management Harvard Business Review
Requirement Traceability Matrix Business Analyst Training
Business Objectives Model Business Analyst Training
Introduction to Corporate Finance- Harvard Business Review
Presenting Data and Information Visualization Edward Tufte Workshop
musicWALK: Tunes from your walking experience
Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Design & Emotion, Spertus Institute, Chicago, Illinois. October 5, 2010
Authors: Varun K., Xiying Wang, Ammar Halabi, Chit Meng Cheong
Despite various benefits of walking, some people still lack the motivation. In this paper, we present musicWALK - an interactive musical application that aims at enhancing the walking experience. musicWALK generates music by collecting data relevant to personal walking pattern and to the surrounding environment. By allowing people to listen to interactive music generated along their walks, we aid them to establish a stronger connection with their surroundings. We hope that this will provide a stronger motivation for walking
Identification of potential drug targets implicated in Parkinson’s disease from Human genome: Insights of using fused domains in hypothetical proteins as probes
ISRN:Neurology May 1, 2011
Authors: Varun K., Dr. N. Rathankar Rao, K. A. Nirmala, H. G. Nagendra
High throughput genome sequencing has led to data explosion in sequence databanks, with an imbalance of sequence-structure-function relationships, resulting in a substantial fraction of proteins known as hypothetical proteins. Functions of such proteins can be assigned based on the analysis and characterization of the domains that they are made up of. Domains are basic evolutionary units of proteins and most proteins contain multiple domains. A subset of multi-domain proteins is fused-domains (overlapping domains), wherein sequence overlaps between two or more domains occur. These fused domains are a result of gene fusion events and their implication in diseases is well established. Hence, an attempt has been made in this paper to identify the fused domain containing hypothetical proteins from human genome homologous to parkisonian targets present in KEGG database. The results of this research identified 18 hypothetical proteins, with domains fused with ubiquitin domains and having homology with targets present in parkinsonian pathway.
User Experience Designer at CGN Blackwell
April 2013 - August 2015 (2 years 5 months)
Client: State Farm Insurance
Overview: Involved in a project from it's inception as a UX designer. Researched areas of opportunity in existing product design from visual design, information architecture & conceptual design. Prepared multiple iterations of conceptual design and Information architecture proposals and presented it to stakeholders. Incorporated design feedback iteratively in a process ranging from low fidelity wireframes to high fidelity mockups. Critiqued existing style guide for future improvements. Prepared design documentation for developers (150 web pages).
Design: Content preparation, Wireframe, Conceptual design, UI pattern usage, mockup.
Research & Information Architecture: Interaction flow, Persona, Design process evaluation.
Prototype: HTML, CSS, JS, Bootstrap.
Tools: Visio, inDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop.
Designed for following platforms: iOS 7 (Smartphone and Tablet- native), Android (Smartphone and tabletnative), Web (responsive).
Collaborated with following stakeholders: Business analyst, subject matter expert, architect, project lead,
Design manager, UI developer, UX researcher, Content Specialist, SEO.
Senior Interaction Designer at Cognizant Technology Solutions
May 2012 - March 2013 (11 months)
Client: BNY Melon
Overview: Project involved leading a team of 2 interaction designers and 1 visual designer to conceptualize innovative concepts for trade alerts, notifications and customer support pages. Proposed a design concept encouraging user's to use self-help documentation. Researched various user profiles, user scenarios and various forms of design prototype to present the design concept to stakeholders ( sketch, low fidelity wireframe, axure prototype). Product involved a responsive website and native mobile application. Directly reported to UX director- BNY Melon.
Design & Research activities: Information architecture, Conceptual Design, Heuristic design evaluation, Wireframe, Evaluating design process, Design specification and documentation.
Tools: Visio, Axure, Powerpoint.
Collaborated with business analyst, UX director, UI developer, visual designer.
Mobile Interaction Designer at Infragistics
January 2012 - March 2012 (3 months)
Helped team to synthesize agile UX design process
Designed UI control with patterns for Windows metro, Android & iOS Provided interactions for existing web based interactions- Zoom, Hover etc. Collabrated with graphic designers, UI engineers & product leads
Interaction Designer Contractor at Lexmark
January 2011 - December 2011 (1 year)
Worked with lead designer to improve icon delivery process for UI engineers Led design efforts for web application involving security of printers Proposed & designed context based help system for the web application Collabrated with graphic designers, UI engineers & user researchers.
User Experience Design Contractor at Oracle
June 2010 - December 2010 (7 months)
Designed Android application- Workflow & wireframe Converted one of the workflows into a interactive Android prototype Collabrated with senior designer to document mobile design patterns Researched design pattern for Android & prototype alternatives to SDK.
Research Assistant- User Experience Designer at Indiana University Bloomington
September 2009 - May 2010 (9 months)
Designed Android application & Windows application for monitoring diet Conducted A/B user testing & user research for both phone applications Collabrated with UI engineer for Windows mobile prototype Researched design guidelines for persuasive technology
Usability Intern at Cleartrip.com
June 2009 - July 2009 (2 months)
User study to understand the different category of users involved for travel portal Conducted usability test on hotel section of the portal and provided redesign recommendation for hotel section.