About Manikandan

Curious about finding creative solutions to the world's most pressing problems

Manikandan is an UX Researcher / Product designer with over five years of experience. He has a strong passion for designing simple, clean and innovative experiences that involve conceptualizing, sketching and prototyping.

From strategy to execution, he delivers the best experience, balancing business goals and user needs. He has had the opportunity to work with some brilliant minds in the industry. He currently reside in Bangalore, India, where you'll find him attending local tech events, and geeking out on Twitter.

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Recognition

Bravely dealing with challenges makes Manikandan more focused and allows to grow and progress.

  • #1 product of Nov 27, 2016 on Producthunt.com

    Nov 2016

    Radiohere.com was #1 product of Nov 27, 2016 on Producthunt.com

    Here is the Winning Post

  • Winner of the Nowfloats Hackathon

    Jul 2016

    The team created a real-time CRM app for helping the internal sales team with gamified leader board. This helps the sales team track leads and achieve their business targets. After brainstorming the problem and coming up with a solution, Manikandan designed the experience and visuals for the app.

  • Best Employee of the month

    Apr 2016

    Lookup selected Manikandan as the "Rockstar of the Month" for April, 2016 for his core contributions to the product. He was selected through a company-wide voting by around 110 colleagues.

  • Best UI Designs - Codesign Challenge (24hrs Hackathon)

    Nov 2015

    The team of two won the Best UI Designs Award among 25+ design teams. The problem statement was to make the process of renting out houses in a remote location easier. The solution was to use Beacon technology and digital locks on a renting platform. They arrived at the solution through a comprehensive design process using personas, user flows, information architecture and core UI design principles.

  • Runner Up - Stayzilla ‪Designathon‬ (24hrs Hackathon)

    Aug 2015

    The team of four were the Runner Up among the 9 teams that ultimately demoed the designs. The problem statement was to make the mobile webpage of Stayzilla better and faster. The solution was to design a new webpage using better UI layouts, lesser images, converting existing images to compressible formats and improving the chat feature with a better feedback on quality of support. They did the Product Design flow, mock-ups and interaction design for the mobile website.

Expertise

Manikandan is highly proficient in creating rapid prototypes for variety of web products, rich user interfaces for Web and Mobile.

Disciplines

  • Design Thinking
  • UX Research & Strategy
  • Crafting User Flow
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Mobile / Desktop App Design
  • Responsive Web Design

Technical Abilities

  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Growth Marketing Strategy
  • SEO Strategy in Design
  • Inbound Marketing Strategy
  • App Deep Linking Strategy
  • Front-end Development

Experience

Versatility, desire to move forward and great persistence are the most important qualities of Manikandan

  • Sr. UX Designer, Melorra

    Bangalore — January 2017 To Ongoing

    Melorra is a fast-fashion diamond jewellery startup with exquisite designs and beautiful UX. Manikandan is responsible for all decisions & deliverables including re-design of app & website which improves stickiness and funnel conversion rates.

  • Co-founder & Designer, Flash (Acquired by Truecaller)

    Bangalore — October 2016 To January 2017

    Flash is a communication app which converts a message to a call to the other user, who can respond easily with a simple swipe. Flash was trending on ProductHunt multiple times, and is now included in the Trucaller app after acquistion.

  • Founder & Designer, Radiohere

    Bangalore — November 2016 To Ongoing

    Radiohere is a hand curated list of multilingual online radio stations on the web for the Indian audience. It was #1 on Product Hunt, bringing in 36,000 listeners on launch day.

  • Product Designer, Lookup (Acquired by Nowfloats)

    Bangalore — November 2015 To December 2016

    Lookup was a chat-based e-commerce app connecting sellers and buyers at scale. Manikandan lead the product design based on solid Conversational UI principles. His work included — iterating through app designs; managing rapid prototypes for user testing; the final design resulting in 5X increase in navigational ease.

  • Visual & User Experience Designer, Bang The Table

    Bangalore — November 2014 To November 2015

    Responsible for data-intensive dashboard designs including Widgets & Reports. Implemented UX best practices, web accessibility and insights into product features resulting in high growth and engagement.

  • User Experience Designer, Langoor Digital

    Bangalore — January 2014 To October 2014

    Rapid Prototypes, Mockups, Wireframes, User Flows, UI Roadmaps and hands-on UI Designs for international clients.

  • Designer (Digital), Appiness Interactive

    Bangalore — October 2012 To January 2014

    Premium web design & front-end development; UX Research for digital media strategies; Improved features & functionality.

Learnings

Primarily, he truly loves what he does. He believes there is always a better way to do something if there is a great amount of passion, energy and commitment.

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Events Attended

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Met startup founders

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Listened Podcast

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Listened audio books