shobhan s
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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.

i'm happiest doing things that i've never done before.


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

2018 • bangalore
srishti: resident artist & visiting tutor
inventing a framework for expressive behaviour in intelligent machines.
see: si18_eo

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.
see: bookpad

2011–13 • bombay, delhi, pune
codesign and clarice: communication & interface design.
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.


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

2011 • india
indian institute of technology guwahati
bachelor of design