We’ve been around for four years now as Adobe Design Lab, and we’ve been brewing ideas that we’re excited to start sharing with the world, beginning with this post!
For a more formal introduction about us — Design Lab is a team at Adobe that explores emerging technologies and their potential to enable new opportunities in creative thinking and expression. We design tools that amplify the world’s ability to create and communicate.
We often work through design-led research, speculative design projects, art installations, and creative workshops, to enable experiences between people and digital systems — as well as new forms of creative expression.
At an über level, we see technologies as design materials, and we work by understanding their properties, and sometimes even imagining new properties for these materials. The technologies that we explore are situated in a fluid and emergent landscape, and therefore our processes constantly evolve in response to the materials that we are designing with.
We primarily call ourselves designers, but we are trans-disciplinary, and are always ready to take on new roles. Our team currently comprises of new media, interaction and product designers, creative coders, artists, researchers, and design managers.
Who we are
Though we love thinking about artificial sentience, we’ve not reached there quite yet at our lab, and there are real people in the Design Lab team.
Mallika Yelandur is a Program Manager, who drives strategy and outreach for Design Lab. She enjoys bringing definition and process to transform an idea into a value-creating innovation. Equally at ease with left- and right-brained thinking, when she’s not donning the program manager’s hat, she loves collaborating with the team on intense brain-storming sessions and exploring the future of creative tools. When not at work, true to Da Vinci’s quote, she loves creating pieces of art that are never finished, only abandoned.
Prabhat Mahapatra has the title of Design Manager at Design Lab on his visiting card, but instead prefers to be an intern learning from all the awesome folks he works with. He is usually found sketching away his thoughts in his sketchbook or doodling in his head while attending meetings. He loves dabbling in drawing and painting, and through various projects at Design Lab, dreams of building a future where anyone can express themselves using the medium of their choice — be it through art, storytelling, music, dance, or just via their thoughts (why not)! He has a formal background in Industrial Design and has worked in the field of product, graphics and space design, ran his own design studio, taught (and still does when time permits) at design schools, before joining Adobe to look into user experience design for one of industry’s best vector illustration tool, and ultimately co-founding Design Lab. 15 years of making design his playground, his current area of interest is in exploring the future of creative tools of expression using emerging technologies and speculative design processes, and making many many more drawings.
Harshit Agrawal is the latest addition to Design Lab. He comes from a mixed background of design and technology, and loves to work across disciplines to imagine new ways of creative expression. He dabbles between being a tool maker and an artist, and is always excited learning about and experimenting with various kinds of emerging technologies- using them as a means to expand notions of creativity and critically think of their implications to society at large. He likes crafting experiences that bring people closer to various technologies in a fun and engaging manner. At the Design Lab, he’s exploring the rapidly evolving world of machine learning from a creative expression lens.
Nikhil Tailang is one of the founding members of Design Lab. He is a designer and a maker, and constantly seeks new ways to prototype experiences. At work, what excites him is the role of intelligent machines in shaping our tools for creativity, and the ensuing dynamics between the creator and the tool. He finds joy in uncovering underlying structures in complex systems. He is always seeking out his next hobby, but his persistent interests are computer programming, hacking plants, baking breads, and aeroplanes. He likes to observe people and is always up for learning something new. He wishes for a world where people develop a deeply symbiotic relationship with technology. At Design Lab, he works on Natural User Interfaces and Computational Creativity.
Reach out to us at designlab at adobe dot com. We’re always excited to hear new perspectives on how technology will change the way we express ourselves and work.