Hi, Ajay here!
Experience designer for XR products. Thoughtful influencer, top-notch design thinker, humble team player, and techy drone flyer.
I was born in Mumbai, where I grew up with monsoons, festivals, and a sea full of people who never sleep. I have a cast-iron stomach for spicy food, and I love traveling. In 2015, I embarked on a never-ending journey to explore and learn.
I have a dual background in design and engineering. I'm passionate about art, music, sci-fi movies, animes, visualizing ideas, and telling socially-relevant stories. With a unique blend of design, user-research, and technical skills, I've held various design roles at Autodesk, Magic Leap, BMW Designworks, Evolve Collaborative, Xtelligent.io, and at the City of Los Angeles.
Professionally, I consider myself to be a multifaceted and flexible designer drawn to challenges touching on AR/VR, mixed reality, transportation, logistics, aerospace, or any complex user experience problem. I value research, visual design, prototyping, and accessibility. I take pride in my ability to ask insightful questions, navigate ambiguity, visualize ideas & concepts, discover extreme edge cases, and push for minimum viable solutions during the design process. I also support my teams by connecting ideas and inspirations from various industries, realms, and mediums of interest, and nudging others towards alternative approaches.
I'm currently based out of Toronto, Canada, and I've previously lived in Los Angeles, Portland, and Fort Lauderdale in the US. Through multi-city living and years of local & global travel, I've developed a unique perspective of the world and people that shape my approach to design & problem solving. I fundamentally believe that design can improve people's lives, transform companies and change culture. I also believe that there is rarely a single path or solution to any problem. Inspiration can strike at any moment and it can truly come from anywhere, depending on how you look at the world around you!
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