Mehek Kapoor

UX Design

I am sharing my first-hand experience as an interviewer for design candidates, and the top-mistakes that we all might make while applying or getting interviewed.

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I get it. We all dream about that one company where we want to work, that one place we want to call ‘my office’, and that one team we wish to be a part of! We all have goals, aspirations and dreams — and they do come true.

Ouch. That hurt. I was really in love with my company, my team and the products we were building. But it was time to leave. I couldn’t work remotely or stay there forever. So, back in September 2019, I started receiving mails from the HR department, who had shortlisted around 50 candidates for review. One after the other, I started reading their resumes and cutting down the number of profiles to half, so that it was easier for me to decide which candidates are eligible to at least be called for an interview. …


Getting a job

In this story, I will discuss the critical points in a CV or a resume, while applying for a job, and how does the hiring manager analyzes a profile and decides whether to select or reject a candidate?

Image Credits: Unsplash (image of a resume, lying on a laptop)
Image Credits: Unsplash (image of a resume, lying on a laptop)
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A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is one of the most essential things while applying for a job. Now, after coronavirus pandemic, many people have been rendered jobless by their former employers and many new graduates and post-graduates are out in the market, looking for a job.

A CV is essentially the first step to any job application. Before you get to an interview or are given an assignment to solve, its your CV that is screened and analysed to see if your skill-set matches the requirements or not.

For this story, I talked to two people, one of them is a product manager in a bustling start-up in India, and the other is the head of human resource department from my former company. They agreed to help me understand some things from the hiring front, things that a candidate seldom knows. …


The Collector- Second runner up for November writing challenge

There is a sculpture in Belgium, more than five centuries old, that proudly stands as one of the most stolen pieces of art in the world. The little boy peeing into a basin is apparently a prized possession for the locals and a great influence on their culture. Let’s know why?

Manneken Piss — a historical sculpture in Belgium
Manneken Piss — a historical sculpture in Belgium
Manneken Piss — a historical sculpture in Belgium

Urinating is an important activity in the human body, but it is celebrated wide and loud in Belgium. Chocolates, waffles, fries, beer, and piss — this statue will remind you to take a leak!

If you ever visit the wonderful country of Belgium, you will definitely make a trip to the Grand-Place, which is a major tourist spot in the capital city of Brussels. But once you are in the Grand-Place, you will also spot a crowd taking selfies and clicking pictures of a small statue, placed at a height.

From a distance, you might think it’s a fountain, but on a closer look, you will see that it’s dirtier than that. It’s a bronze statue of a little boy, pissing into a basin. Many people were even drinking water from the same basin, until 2019. Didn’t expect that, did you? But what makes it so famous and what influence it has had on the history of Belgium? …


Love

If you know these things about your partner before entering a relationship, you just might be able to avoid a lot of heartbreak later.

Picture from Unsplash: A woman with a finger on her lips
Picture from Unsplash: A woman with a finger on her lips
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I found the man of my dreams in my high-school. Well, honestly I didn’t know that he’d become the man of my dreams back then. High school isn’t the time to be imagining 10 years ahead in future, but it surely is the time to explore yourself and maybe get into the first ever relationship of your life.

That is what we did in 2011. We never really felt the need to get out of what we started, and the rest is history. We got married in 2019 and got ourselves a permanent official government-signed deal to stay together.

10 years is a long-time to stay committed to one partner. Some might even find it excruciatingly boring while some might find it fascinating, but in all honesty — it is commitment, a promise and above all, simple stupid love. …


Design

My journey of starting out as an engineer, venturing into design, beginning my design-career as a UX designer, and finally transitioning into product design.

A woman working on a laptop in an office set-up. Picture from Unsplash.com
A woman working on a laptop in an office set-up. Picture from Unsplash.com
Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash

2015: the time I didn’t know what UX design was?

I was an engineer, before I even knew what UX design actually was. The term was new and unfamiliar. I didn’t know that a job like that even exists. So, how was I introduced to it?

My mentor and a professor who were judges of our final thesis, saw my front-end coding skills in our project, and told me that I should go for exams like — NID, CEED or NIFT.

Having no clue about what these jargons were, I googled them all the moment I got back home, completely forgetting that I had one more semester of my engineering college left. …


European History

This is the story of Otto Von Bismarck, a brilliant minded politician, and a foreteller in disguise. Some people believe that it was his dismissal by German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II that led to world-war I and eventually world-war II.

Otto von Bismarck (1815–1898)
Otto von Bismarck (1815–1898)
Otto von Bismarck (1815–1898)

What if someone tells you that before the major wars happened, and turning points in history arrived, there was a man, of great significance, who predicted them all, right to their exact timelines?

You might think it’s a coincidence or you might think it's a piece of fiction.

But there existed a man, who was the Prince of Bismarck, the Duke of Lauenburg, Prime Minister of Prussia and founder and first chancellor of the German Empire.

He was none other than — Otto von Bismarck (1815–1898), a German duke who made some strong statements about the world’s future, and all of his statements apparently came true. …


UX Design

Some Indian movies have been brilliantly made keeping in mind the mood and theme of the story. Not all, but many use strategical colour theories and moods, right in their posters, that designers can learn a lot from.

So, without wasting time, let’s look at them, starting with —

1. Saawariya (2007)

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

This movie despite being more than a decade old, has brilliant music and a very strong colour theme with blue being the major colour. The story revolves around a boy who falls for a girl who is waiting for her lover, who eventually does come back by the end of the movie, and the boy turns from a lover who’s waiting, to a lover who is heartbroken.

The movie has a dull and dark setting throughout, because the climax isn’t a cheerful one. It seems as if right from the first frame the movie tries to prepares its audience for the inevitable heartbreak. …


History — Women of World War II

A photograph of Lee Miller in Hitler’s Bathtub, on the day he committed suicide
A photograph of Lee Miller in Hitler’s Bathtub, on the day he committed suicide
Miller in Hitler’s Bathtub, on the day he committed suicide

A woman with a life full of mystery and history of being a bad-ass. A woman, who took more than 60,000 photographs in world-war II that later served as a testament to many historical events. A woman who was asked by Vogue to be their cover-girl.

A woman, who became a subject of art for Picasso, and a woman who made countless man crazy for her. And a woman, who removed her military uniform, slipped into Adolf Hitler’s bath-tub on April 30, 1945 — the day he committed suicide, and also got photographed while doing so. Indeed a true bad-ass. …


UX design

Don’t let anyone make you believe otherwise!

Japanese Zen Garden. Image credits: Unsplash
Japanese Zen Garden. Image credits: Unsplash
Image credits: Unsplash

I won’t tell you what UX design is. There’s enough information available on the internet for that. But here I will tell you, what good UX is all about.

Good UX is nothing less than a session of meditation. Being calm and composed. Being relaxed, at ease. Knowing that there are no tensions in life. Knowing that someone out there will take care of all your life-problems, and you have nothing to worry about.

When you are working on user-experience enhancement of any digital product, think about how many tasks the user has to complete before he can achieve his goals? …


UX design

This story is about the time when we had piled up deadlines, not enough time, a screaming client, and a team that wanted designs delivered faster.

post-it notes and mobile sketches scattered on a table. Image credits: Unsplash
post-it notes and mobile sketches scattered on a table. Image credits: Unsplash
Image credits: Unsplash

There have been contradicting opinions about wireframes, on the internet. While many people swear by them, many think it’s a waste of time instead.

I was adamant about following all processes and going by the rule book, until the day that I had the freedom to do things the way I wanted, and the way maximum productivity could be generated.

And that was the time I experimented a lot with what I knew, and what I wanted to know. I learnt new things, changed the way I worked, and made a phenomenal change in the process I so rigidly followed — I stopped doing wireframes. …

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Mehek Kapoor

I raise my voice, write my opinions on different topics, and also work as a Product Designer on professional front!

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