Hi!

I am Neha Mann, a designer-researcher hybrid living in Seattle, US. 

I am interested in studying people, why we do things the way we do. I have trained in qualitative methods both on the job and at the graduate level. Lately, I have been enjoying applying the principles of design research to intuitive digital user experiences.

As is reflective in my work, I am an advocate for women's health and rights. I stand by 'Women's Rights = Human Rights.'  

I am generally considered an extrovert, but it's tough for me to leave the house unless the plan includes live music. 

Work Experience

MICROSOFT

Nov 20

Designer II

MS Office, Microsoft Stream

CINCINNATI CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Oct 18 - May 20

User Experience Designer & Researcher

Dept.: Behaviour Medicine and Clinical Psychology 
• Designed a patient-facing iOS app to facilitate shared-decision making
• Web design of a shared portal for doctors, patients and community
• Co-ordinated with developers
• Presented at the Annual Sickle Cell Convention 209 in Washington DC
• Designed workshop and activities for product evaluation
• Visualized research data for other teams

HISTORY MOVES

June 19 - Aug 19

User Experience Design Intern

History Moves is a research collaborative at the intersection of public history and graphic design. Since 2014, they have been working on a mobile exhibition titled 'Women's History of HIV in America.
• Development of a custom curation tool to enable remote collaboration in the exhibition design process.
• Co-ordinating with developers from the Digital Humanities department at University of Cincinnati
• Presenting Scholar, International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) conference, Manchester, UK
• Designing data into exhibition content

NOURISH ORGANICS

Apr 18 - July 18

Graphic Designer

Nourish Organics is an organic breakfast-food company in India.
• Designed annual festive bundle packages (2017 & 2018)
• Redesigned section of the packaging for the entire product collection
• Designed print campaigns, catalogues, promotional media
• Co-ordinated with digital marketing agencies
• Photography and art direction for digital marketing

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE SOCIETIES 

Aug 17 - Mar 18

Design Researcher & Graphic Designer

Project: Beyond Five (combating under 5-year-old mortality rates)
Client: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
• Ethnographic research in rural India to understand social vulnerability
• Rapid prototyping and testing
• Designing and testing strategies to improve adoption of interventions
• Workshop facilitation on field

Project: Read to Kids Program (an early-grade learning software)
Client: Worldreader, USA, a not-for-profit working in education technology
• Design strategies for scaling the ed-tech ecosystem
• Influencer mapping to increase engagement
• Usability testing with users on the field, in their home (typical use environments)

• Graphics for all print and web collaterals required for promotion, events, workshops, across the organization.

TRIDENT GROUP 

Jul 16 - Feb 17

Digital Designer

Trident Group is the world's largest terry towel producer, and a leading manufacturer of paper, chemicals and energy in India and a USD 1 billion conglomerate.
• Designed the corporate website (www.tridentindia.com)
• Co-ordinated with remote developers to build the website
• Strategy and design for digital marketing

Teaching Experience

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

Jan 19 - Aug 20

Teaching Assistant - Trend Forecasting

With Professor Brooke Brandewie

• Designed new pedagogical methods in Trend Forecasting and how it can aid social innovation.

• Guest lecturing 

• Feedback and student counselling

• Designing worksheets and class content

Education

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

Aug 18- Dec 18

Research Assistant - Equity for youth artisans

With Dr. Ashley Kubley

• Researching equitable practices and design guidance for Mayan indigenous artisans in the New Mexico region.

• Responding to grant proposals

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

AUG 2020

Masters of Design (UX & Design Research)

Masters Degree

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

MARCH 2020

International Women's Health and Human Rights 

Graduate Certificate

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FASHION TECHNOLOGY

MAY 2016

Bachelors of Design (Lifestyle Accessory Design)

Bachelors Degree

Awards & Conferences

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

2020

DAAP Outstanding Student Award

Profile and work featured on University of Cincinnati website.

AIGA DESIGN CONFERENCE

2020

Poster Presentation

Curatorial Groupware: Impact of digital tools on the exhibition design process

DESIGN RESEARCH SOCIETY,

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

2019

Presenting Scholar

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Teaching Design Strategy for Social Impact: A Synergistic Pedagogical Framework

ACADEMIC DESIGN MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, TORONTO, CANADA

2020

Presenting Scholar

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From Self-Advocacy to Public History: Building Collaborative Capacity among Remote Communities

ACADEMIC DESIGN MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, TORONTO, CANADA

2020

Presenting Scholar

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Mediating Piatt Park: Addressing Crime Prone Public Spaces through Design

DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, US

2019

Catalyst Award

Supported project work and travel for research presentation at an international conference (IASDR 2019, Manchester, UK).

GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION,

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, US

2019

Conference Presenter Award

Supported travel for research presentation at an international conference (IASDR 2019, Manchester, UK).

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DESIGN RESEARCH SOCIETIES, UK

2019

Presenting Scholar

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Curatorial Groupware: Designing Collaborative Curation Tools for Public Exhibition of Community-Built Archives

ANNUAL SICKLE CELL DISEASE CONVENTION, US

2019

Workshop Lead

Designed and led a focus-group workshop with doctors, patients and community-led organizations.

EUROSTAMPA GLOBAL PACKAGING DESIGN CHALLENGE

2018

Best Use of Substrate

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

2018-2020

Graduate Scholarship Award (75%)

 

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