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Conversations about design, product, tech, startups, and, sometimes, random musings.

Also interviews with various professionals.

Anamorphic by @kingsidharth 👑 Sidharth

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Conversations about design, product, tech, startups, and, sometimes, random musings.

Also interviews with various professionals.

    Switching fields & the path to Become a Designer — switching career to design, from graphic design & motion to product design, generalist vs specialist designers: Conversation with Abhinav Chhikara

    Switching fields & the path to Become a Designer — switching career to design, from graphic design & motion to product design, generalist vs specialist designers: Conversation with Abhinav Chhikara

    This roundtable turned to a conversation between the two — Abhinav Chhikara & Sidharth, since the other guests couldn't make it. We talked about several topics but mostly covered:



    *Switching to design career*

    - Switching from a non-design industry to design or designer roles

    - Why self-learning is the future of design and why & how you should make your own "path"

    - A framework by Abhinav on how you can track your progress and what you can expect as you start to self-learn design



    *Switching from one design specialization to another*

    - Why may you want to change — what are some good reasons?

    - Switching from Graphic Design to Product Design

    - Product Designers learning or moving to Motion Design and vice versa



    *Generalist vs specialist & multi-disciplinary designers*

    - Difference and common things between a generalist and a specialist

    - How requirements and opportunities change as you shift between the two

    Stories

    - We frequently share our success — let's talk about one story of failure and what you'd learn from it



    *Side projects*

    Abhinav is working on www.10kdesigners.com — with a goal to help 10,000 new self-taught designers emerge in the industry with a network of industry experts. His YouTube Channel, uisources.com, booklets.io, and many future projects   will be under that mother brand.

    After several failed attempts at building some apps, I have moved back to  blog ging, vlogging, speaking at colleges, creating content, & sharing his journey — watching folks from college enter the industry and  d o well, over the years, and the possibility of being a part of their story is what keeps me going.



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    Abhinav Chhikara is a design educator, digital creator, youtuYouTuberber, and mentor to many designers across the country. Check out his YouTube channel at youtube.com/ABNUX



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    #3 Building a Career with the Internet, Finding our Passion, & Building Wealth — King Sidharth's speech at PSG College of Techn, Coimbatore

    #3 Building a Career with the Internet, Finding our Passion, & Building Wealth — King Sidharth's speech at PSG College of Techn, Coimbatore

    While each one of us is born naturally curious, the education system & our mental-models, that our society runs on, train it out of us. Owning and honing this curiosity can change our lives — especially in the age of the internet. 

    With the internet, education yourself and building a career & wealth has become the easiest it has ever been. You can pick-up any soft-skill, learn a language, learn to design, build an app, learn programing, find jobs and freelance gigs across the world, collaborate with folks, or even network and build a brand.  We can either use the internet to stalk our crushes and ex-s or use to our advantage. 

    My journey with curiosity & internet led me to try out my hands at the business starting at the age of 12, and then being a part of Indian startup ecosystem with Instamojo (2012-2019) and now across the world with Headout. Working startups & building industry-changing products is my calling.  

    Startups create wealth — and wealth is better than selling time to get money. However, wealth & success both are subjective — for some, it can be owning shares, IPs, or degrees, for others, it can be a stable relationship, living a healthy & natural life. So how do you find and define your criteria of success? How do you #findyourpassion?  

    The first step is to expose yourself to various ideas until you start getting interested in something. You can use the internet to do this — Wikipedia & YouTube is your friend here. (both free!)  

    The second step is to try and invest effort into your interest and gain some skill & experience — you can find tutorials & people online to help you with this.  Once we start putting effort and see the results — that's when half the "interest" drop from viable options. Some that stick will turn into a passion as you continue to invest focus & time in it.  

    In the world where most mundane jobs will be taken over by AI, just a college degree won't be enough. More and more startups & jobs will revolve around multi-disciplinary people. Don't wait for a sign form the universe — skills & learnings compound over time — startup today.  

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    Speech by King Sidharth at PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore on 22 Feb 2020. 

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    Sidharth has been part of several startups in the Indian startup ecosystem — from Cleartax & Instamojo to now at Headout solving product & design problems.  He's given talks at 40+ colleges and events talking about future careers, startups, self-learning, and design, including at two TEDx events.  



    Invite Sidharth to your college: @kingsidharth on Instagram or Google "King Sidharth speaker"

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    Check out the video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmRlPl_Ljh8 

    (or search for "King Sidharth internet career" on YouTube)

    • 41 min
    Career in Design — from Jr. to Senior Designers, Design Mentorship & Evangelism — Design Roundtable:

    Career in Design — from Jr. to Senior Designers, Design Mentorship & Evangelism — Design Roundtable:

    What if we could get some kick-ass folks to sit together and talk about questions and issues that most won't address. 

    With the first roundtable, we explored the topic "Career Path as a Designer", with: 


    Abhinav Chhikara — Designer, YouTuber, & Digital Creator 
    Arjun Arunkumar, Designer at Swiggy 
    Hardik Pandya — Designer at Google  
    Madhuri Maram — Co-founder at Xperian & D+P, Host at Hireworthy Podcast 

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    Here are some questions we talked about: 


    What, we wish, we knew when starting our careers as a designer 1:38  
    What excites us about the future of design & tech? 12:55 
    Career Options: Individual Contributor (IC) vs Managerial Roles (and other ideas) 34:44 
    Importance of Design Evangelism & Design Mentorship — for organisations & individuals 54:42 
    Design Community & Industry Talk 01:07:18
    Bloopers 01:20:22

    From improving on communication, collaboration to alignment and people-management skills. We talked about all!   How would you answer these questions? What were your favourite moments from the roundtable? 

    Have someone in mind that we should invite for a roundtable? Leave a comment!  

    #design #designcareer #uiuxdesigner #seniordesigner #leaddesigner #designmanager #careertips #designcareertips

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Conversation with Nandini Gangal, Product Designer at CRED – Anamorphic by @kingsidharth

    Conversation with Nandini Gangal, Product Designer at CRED – Anamorphic by @kingsidharth

    Nandini Gangal (from Udaipur, Rajasthan) started as an engineering student, taught herself UI/UX design and went on to become a product designer at Rentomojo, Flipkart, and (now) CRED.  In the first part of her interview, we discuss her childhood influences, how she discovered & learned design, how she convinced her parents for this unconventional career choice.



    Transcription:

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