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User Experience for experimental and research based projects and also consumer facing websites for corporate, products, etc.
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My Role: User-Experience Designer at Wolfram Research. (July 2011 - August 2013)

Work Profile: I was a part of UX team of 10 at Wolfram Research. I worked on variety of experimental research projects and Wolfram products spanning across different platforms – stand-alone application, web application, internal and consumer facing websites, user portals, mobile platforms, etc.

Responsibilities: Gather requirements from various stakeholders, identify users and create conceptual and information models, audit existing system and interpret success/failure matices, analyze trends and best practices in social interfaces, conduct user research (interviews, usability tests, surveys), construct sitemaps and storyboards, create wireframes, interactive prototypes and flows using Axure, Omnigraffle for experimental research projects and Wolfram products, write specifications for design and implementation teams, review implementation with design and development teams and collaborate with executives and cross-functional teams. 

About Wolfram Research: Wolfram Research is the world's leading developer of technical computing software, offering organization-wide computing solutions. Led by Mathematica, its flagship product and Wolfram|Alpha, world's first computational search engine, the Wolfram's products are relied on today by millions of users around the world and have been the recipient of many industry awards for technical excellence. Wolfram Research, a privately held company, was founded in 1987 by Stephen Wolfram and is headquartered in Champaign, United States, with offices in Europe, Japan and South America.
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Project: Designing new online forum or Community for Wolfram.

Objective: Providing Community platform for customers and users of Wolfram products. 
- To provide current users with a robust repository of information, resources, and discussions about our products
- To provide prospective customers with a sense of added value in knowing support for their new product experience is easily and readily accessible from anywhere at any time
- To provide leverage against the competition who already offer a user community and forum
- To lighten the load on the technical support staff
- To become a robust repository of information for vertical markets

Process and My Role: Solicited requirements, facilitated brainstorming, identified stakeholders, project planning, define feature-set, prioritize features for versions launch, performed competitive analysis, defined information and system structure, defined taxonomy, navigation structure, designed wireframes, review cycles with stakeholders and users and iterated on wireframes, defined interactions, peformed usability testing, collaborated with developers and designers, oversaw design and implementation, coordinated launch of release. 
 
Status of the project: Live. Link to the Community website.
 
Success Metrics: No direct revenue associated but this platform has enabled indirect cost savings by cutting down call volumes. High number of registrations and low attrition rate signifies success of getting disparate user base together in one place.

Screenshots & UI Designs:
Concept map to list out all features, define hierarchy and interactions
Dashboard View to get notifications, overview of latest content and quick access to different pages on the site from page and top navigation
Overview of All Discussions Page (with content tagged and viewable by freshness, popularity and interests)
Individual Discussion Page (with version history of file, reviews, recommendations and tagging of content)
Community website within Mathematica Online
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Project: Design new website for Technical Services.

Challenge: Wolfram Technology Group wanted to officially start offering paid services to customers. The need of this site was to become focus point to find information on services technical support group can offer. This will achieve three goals: 1. Become a profit center and bring revenue to the company 2. Advertise what technical support offerings are 3. Offer systems to keep administrative overhead at a minimum and 4. Reduce support staff to commit them to upselling.

Process and My Role: Met with the stakeholders, identified requirements and goals, identified primary users, performed user research, performed competitive analysis, designed wireframes, reviewed and iterated after stakeholders input, oversee design and implementation.
 
Status of the project: Live. Link to Technical Services website.
 
Success Metrics: These programs generates direct revenue with added subscribers to the program and incremental revenue from sale of Mathematica licenses.

Screenshots & UI Designs:
Detailed Sitemap to chart out basic information content and website flow
 
Home Page Final Wireframe
 
Form design for Project Support
 
Final website implementation (Live website)
 
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Problem: Existing company pages had several problems. 1. Information was outdated 2. Categorization was improper 3. Email addresses were displayed on the page leading to spam 4. Sidebar navigation weren't helpful and 5. Overall design was outdated.

Process and My Role: Audited current website, found usability issues, identified stakeholders, gathered requirements, facilitated discussions, defined information architecture, designed wireframes, reviewed and iterated wireframes, added interactivity, collaborated with designers and developers, reviewed final designs and implementation.

Success Metrics: All pages are live and generates more page views and webtraffic.

Screenshots & UI Designs: 
Sitemap to list all parent, child and sister pages and define hierarchy
Old Webpage
 
Final Iteration (Cleaned up content, grouped related items together, page is SEO friendly and easily accessible from navigation)
 
Final website implementation (Live webpage)
 
News page highlighting featured news with list of latest news and links to media assets
Events page highlighting featured events, list of events sortable by date and location and link to microsite to see training events
New Careers page with added information about company culture, benefits, job programs and open positions
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Project: Improve documentation system for new version of Mathematica - a flagship product of the company.

Objective: Improve usability and modernize Mathematica Documentation interface with new release of Mathematica product. 
- Update visual styles
- Make learning resources more visible and navigational.
- Unify styles across different platforms - in product, reference.wolfram.com, M Online, M Online for iPad
- Optimize Documentation interface for more narrow view and touch interface in other web-apps, tablet and mobile devices.

Process and My Role: Audit current system, Identify usability issues, chart-out sitemap, identify different interfaces to design, wireframe and iterate on new designs, carry out review cycles with stakeholders, coordinate with tight deadline of product release. 

Success Metrics: Greatly improved number of pageviews and decreased inquiry rate. No direct revenue associated. 
 
Status of the project: Implemented. Link to Mathematica Documentation.

Screenshots & UI Designs: 
Old sample Documentation page
 
New topic page explaining about a particular topic within Mathematica.
One topic contains many Mathematica functions.
 
New function page explaining about a particular function within Mathematica.
A function page contains many 'how-to-use' tutorials.
 
A 'how-to-use' tutorial page explaining how to use functions in Mathematica.
Final design implementation (Live on the website)

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Projects: Numerous microsites for products, consultancy services, conferences and other initiatives. 

Objective: Market existing and new customers about new Wolfram products, initiatives and events.
 
Process and My Role: Gathered and studied requirements, determined audiences and information need, designed wireframes, iterated according to feedback, collaborated with stakeholders, designers and developers, oversaw implementation.

Success Metrics: Garnered additional pageviews and registrations.
 
Status of the projects: Implemented and Live.

Screenshots & UI Designs: 
 
Homepage for annual computerbasedmath educational conference website held in UK
Registration Page for annual NKS Summer School event held in US
Homepage for Wolfram Innovator Award Program website to feature successful Mathematica users
Homepage for personal website of CEO and Founder of the company