shobhan s
website, linkedin, email

i help investigate, develop and communicate new ideas, by working comfortably at every stage of a project: from research and prototyping to design, engineering and production. this work is cross-disciplinary and highly collaborative, and usually involves several stakeholders.


2016 • london
royal college of art
master of art in information experience design
see: the cost of war, humanoid blanket, onn/of

2011 • india
indian institute of technology guwahati
bachelor of design


slowstudio: founder, director
an explorative design practice, instigated by this idea:
“in a fast-moving world, slow is revolutionary.”

2020 • chicago — working from bombay
mcdonald's: designer for human–machine interaction
design and prototype multi-modal improvements for the automated order-taking experience in McD's Drive Thru.

2020 • bombay
tata classedge: digital-product designer
design and prototype key features in the company's first consumer product: a study-companion for children, encouraging independent and regular study.

2019 • stockholm
furhat robotics: designer for human–robot conversation
research, design, skill development, demos, validation for conversations between humans and social robots.
see: furhat

2015–18 • london
random international : creative technologist
concept development to help win commissions for critically acclaimed projects. design lead on projects outside random’s traditional mediums of expertise.
see: aspect, kinds of life, swarm, zoological

2014 • bangalore
bookpad: design lead
led design for a software startup. incubated by microsoft. acquired by yahoo.

2013 • delhi
codesign: communication designer
communication, exhibition & interface design.

2011–12 • bombay, pune
clarice: communication & interface design (for screen-based software).
shuruat mobility (ratna nidhi): ethnographic research.
sudarshan dheer and jwt: corporate identity & literature.

2008, 09, 10 • bombay, ahmedabad
summer internships in graphic design with sudarshan dheer and leaf design.
short work experience at institute for transportation & development policy.


2021.03 (3 days) • india — over voip
school of planning and architecture, bhopal
workshop (master of design): “intro to voice-led conversation design”

2018.11 (1 month) • bangalore
srishti: resident artist & visiting tutor
course (bachelor of design): expressive behaviour in intelligent machines”
see: si18_eo

2016.05 (1 day) • london
school of communication, royal college of art
workshop (master of design): “manifesting data through objects”

talks & exhibits

2019.01 • bombay
talk: “beyond processing: programming the environment
at nmims:sod for processing community day (bombay node)

2017.04 • israel — over voip from london
talk: on data, information & conversation
to an audience at ha miffal, jerusalem

2017.02 • london
talk: “participation & performance
at interfaces monthly, organised by the trampery and the barbican

2016–17 • london
exhibit: the cost of war
2017.05 at artpanorama and splice festival
2016.06 hockney gallery at showrca
2016.04 courtyard galleries, royal college of art

2015.02 • london
exhibit: onn/of
‘the cat is alive!’ exhibition in the crypt gallery