Karan Shah - Overview
During the last 10+ years as a design professional, I am grateful to have worked with various companies, industries, & startups in helping them to grow with creative design or in improve existing ones. You can also call me a product designer, experience designer, graphic designer, interaction & UI/UX designer or by any other market defined function-title
With wide range of design disciplines and playing multiple roles to that of a manager, consultant, advisor, entrepreneur & more, I enjoy working on projects that have a positive impact on the surrounding society and the environment, in addition to the business in question. On a team level, I strive to work with individuals who have different backgrounds, because I genuinely believe that diverse teams produce the best
Fueled by high energy levels and boundless enthusiasm, I’m easily inspired and more than willing to follow my imaginations wherever they take me. I’m passionate, expressive, multi-talented spirit with a natural ability to motivate and inspire teams. My abundant energy fuels me in the pursuit of many interests, hobbies, areas of study and artistic endeavors. I’m a fast learner, able to pick up new skills and juggle different projects and roles with relative ease. I am passionate about building & designing thoughtful experiences to make sure the customers and users are satisfied when they’re using the products and services online.
I also love inspiring teams and students with empowering & inspirational talks and trainings. Nowadays, I’ve been fortunate enough to share and give back to the community with leading by example, writing detailed design articles, creating design courses and sharing my design journey to educate and inspire others. Over the past 5 years I’ve shared my design knowledge to over 1500+ students worldwide remotely through workshops.
As a 90’s kid I spend my days with drawings & paintings, Constructing Lego objects, Playing with electrical wires, motors & bulbs by breaking toys apart. I have always had a strong drive to create, explore and a big interest in technology and knowing how things work.
During my school days I have not been great with studies and disliked the traditional schooling, all I enjoyed was the extracurricular activities of Drawing, Music, Table Tennis, Inter House Competitions, etc. I am grateful to my teachers & parents who have been supporting me to peruse my creative side and not enforce me with marks & grades.
During my Secondary High School (Intermediate) along with my Commerce studies, I have been an avid learner to enhance my offline drawing & painting skills to digital art and started to learn basics of Photoshop and digital design from YouTube.
Along with my Intermediate while I was learning online, I started to work as a freelancer by taking up any project that come forward, and then learning the required skills to finish the project and deliver all of it at free of cost, by offering my free services for over 2 years helped me upskill my design learnings and also got some experience in understanding clients requirements. The best part about giving free services was that it helped me build a network and some recognition for myself as a designer. Which in return that network have become my long-term clients.
Further ongoing with my 4 Years Degree in Bachelors of Multimedia & Specialization in VFX, which has been a learning ground to become a UX Design professional and has given me a great foundation in Design, Arts & Technology.
Starting my creative design firm (8FX) during my degree second year and with a small team of 4 members we happened to partner and work for some of the big events in Hyderabad (AugustFest, TEDxHyderabad, TheAngelSummit, DesignSummit etc). Compiling the events done in first two years our designs were appreciated and seen by 10,000+ people thus creating a brand for ourselves and there after we have all been growing with our creative design services and all our clients coming through word of mouth.
Why Design ?
Making people happy and creating experiences to remember. As technology progresses things are getting more and more complex. As a designer, I have a special opportunity to make these complex processes simple, delightful and joy to use every day and creating a great experience.
Design allows us to differentiate ourselves by showing attention and care towards customers and users. Everybody values design either consciously or subconsciously. This is why I love creating & crafting thoughtful, meaningful and memorable experiences, which makes both the creators and users happy.