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Hello. I'm Saumya, and I'm currently a senior service designer in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

I have over 5 years of experience working as a service designer, user experience designer, and researcher, spanning across public sector organisations and private consultancies.

In my work, you will find me taking an interdisciplinary approach; drawing from design, behavioural science and research.

I enjoy making things with my hands, going for hikes and being surrounded by books. My latest pet project is learning how to lacto-ferment! :)

Education

Royal College of Art, UK 


Master of Arts - Service Design, 2018 - 2020

MIT Institute of Design, India
 

Bachelors - Industrial Design, 2012 - 2017

Work

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, UK


Senior Service Designer, Nov 2020 - current

Freelance, UK

Researcher, May - Nov 2020

UNDP, New York


Communication Strategy Intern, Sep - Nov 2019

Think Design Collaborative, Mumbai

User Experience Designer, Feb - Aug 2018

Infosys Digital, Bangalore

User Interface Designer, Jul 2017 - Feb 2018

Interaction Design Lab, Milan

Interaction Design Intern, Apr - Jun 2017

Center for Knowledge Societies, New Delhi


Design Researcher, Jul - Dec 2016

Awards and publications

Liu Ling Scholarship - RCA Service Design


Inaugural scholar, 2018 - 2020

Helen Hamlyn Award for Creativity


Competition winner for project ‘AcrosSilos’, 2020

London Design Awards

Winner ‘Gold’ for project ‘AcrosSilos’, 2020

Talk - Festival of Better Ideas

Using data, behaviours & design to transform local government, 2020

Talk - We Design People


Service design in the public sector, 2022

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