Since I first week of my User Experience (UX) Design Immersive at General Assembly in January 2020, I have contemplated the question of why I feel so alive and engaged as I practice UX design. As I have reflected on this feeling, I have discovered many overlaps between my passion for UX design and my pursuit of music.
What I have come to observe about the connection between music and UX is that the two disciplines have a clear structure and process, which once mastered, allows for incredible creativity and improvisation.
For the first 5+ years of my career, I honed my skills as a music director, rehearsal leader, and conductor. When I reflect on how my training as a music rehearsal leader connects with the skills I use as a UX designer, what stands out to me are the listening skills I developed. These listening and communication skills I refined while leading music rehearsals directly correlates to similar skills I use when conducting user research. …
Two months into working from home due to COVID-19, I participated in my first hackaton from May 18–22, 2020. The hackathon was hosted by Datadog and General Assembly.
Datadog, a monitoring and analytics platform for developers, IT operations teams and business users in the cloud age, had discovered that since the company switched to remote work, their current “intranet” was not serving the personal and professional needs of its employees.
The objective of the hackathon was to create an internal tool that’s a hybrid between an employee directory and social network.
The users of this tool that we developed would be the 1700+ employees of Datadog. …
How my husband and I pivoted to a virtual wedding ceremony in just 6 days
On March 10, 2020, Sai and I realized that there was no way our original wedding arrangements for April 26 could happen as planned. Our families wouldn’t be able to come to New York from India, California, and Kansas City, and day by day, governors were putting out rules about the size of gatherings allowed until ultimately, we just couldn’t gather anymore in person.
As Sai and I settled into the new reality of quarantining together, it felt so weird to not be married. I kept saying, I wish we were married already. Then, on April 18, Governor Cuomo put out two executive orders that made it possible in New York to move ahead with getting married, virtually. With this new information, Sai and I decided that we would go ahead with our original date for getting married, and adapt our ceremony to match the reality of the moment. We were originally planning to have a Vedic Ceremony, and there was a lot of thought and consideration that went into picking the correct, auspicious date, which is why we wanted to go ahead with our original date for our virtual ceremony. …