👋🏽HELLO AGAIN! I AM SO HAPPY YOU STOPPED BY!
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
#1. WHO AM I?
I am Anirudh Nagraj, an aspiring User Experience Professional. From a very young age, I have been drawn towards accessibility, and how I can be of help to people. Before I stepped foot into the world of UX, I was employed as a Software Developer at LTI. That gig was cool but it rocked me to my core, and significantly altered my thought process. I started questioning stuff instead of simply going ahead with specifics. This led to me to touch my passion waters again and pursue a master’s degree in Human-Centered Computing (Yay me! for that).
#2. WHAT IS GOING ON IN MY LIFE?
I have been involved in research on accessibility from the time I joined the university and I am currently investigating the navigational habits of people who are blind. I intend to look at ways in which a user-centered approach can increase accessibility. Through the data collected, I intend to look at ways in which participatory design can be incorporated with such an audience. My projects have taken me from blind schools to house-holds with acute water shortages to sitting on an office chair, working on company projects, to sitting in a classroom again ; only this time, I ponder on how to make people’s lives easier through better design through my efforts in the world of UX.
#3. PASSION FOR TRAVELING
I love traveling, (Scaled mountain peaks, visited deserts, trudged deep inside waterfalls..) exploring new stuff along the way, and always on the lookout for a new challenge. I also maintain a travel blog where I occasionally write about my travels. Each travel has taught me to be a better person.
#4. SOME OTHER FUN FACTS ABOUT ME
As an avid lover of soccer ⚽, I do not miss a single game of the clubs I support – Manchester United, Bengaluru FC – my hometown club (Some passion, ha-ha!). I am a firm believer of chat 💬 over a cup of filter coffee (Kaapi) ☕. If there is no coffee, I just love a chat. In my free time, I read books, and draw Pokémon/ other anime related stuff (Yes, you read that right, Pokémons) that formed an integral part of my childhood
I also play games like FIFA, DotA. CS:GO etc., If I am not at home, I am generally playing Soccer or talking away with my friends. I also run a talk show with my friend on YouTube. These are just glimpses into the tiny world of mine. Oh, how can I forget about music. I love Coldplay, Nickelback and Mumford and Sons, to name a few.
#5. SO WHY UX AND RESEARCH?
As I mentioned before, the thought of helping people and making their lives better is something that has been with me from a very young age. I honestly believe that interacting with people is my biggest strength. I chose to pursue this field because it allows me to do what I love and pour my heart and soul into it. Currently, I am reading the book “Observing the User Experience” by Elizabeth Goodman to gain a deeper knowledge of user research. Every interview, every inquiry is making me fall in love with User Experience, one dash, and a dot at a time.
#a11y IS MY FAVOURITE HASHTAG
As an avid user of Twitter, I am used to looking at Hashtags with some incredible content on it but my favorite one has to be the #a11y. Brings me to the place where I am most comfortable. I really enjoy working on all things accessibility or should I simply put it as #a11y.
I BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO TELL. MY STORY IS JUST UNFOLDING…