UX Researcher

About Me

Karthik Srinivasan

 Meditation helps settle my mind and tap into its full potential. I am a trained meditation facilitator :)

Meditation helps settle my mind and tap into its full potential. I am a trained meditation facilitator :)

 
Interests

UX Research

Product Management

Screenwriting

Mental health wellbeing programs

Comic book collecting

Bubble Tea

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When I am not researching or writing stories, I fall in love with the outside world !

Hey, I'm Karthik Srinivasan. I am a UX Researcher and Storyteller who loves problem solving.

Stories were an important part of my life since early childhood. I read stories on animals, kings, mythology, ancient tales and other fiction. Immersing myself in those stories and relating to its characters has always been comforting. When I was with family friends or relatives, someone would ask me – “Tell us some story” and I would be narrating a tale, being the center of attention of the adults and kids around me. I would pay attention to their eyes and expressions and would know when to dramatize and when to tone down my narration. This tacit feedback helped me improvise my narration.

I used ethnography and observations to build up characters as a screen-writer for short films and a full-length film

Even before I began my journey as a UX Researcher, I used ethnography and observations to build up characters as a screen-writer for short films and a full-length film. I wanted my characters to be real - my stories blossomed out of what I saw in the real world. One of my writer friends told me – “Your stories are incredible, but you need to rewrite them to give them happy endings.” I then thought to myself – “These are stories of real people altered to have an unreal ending. How do I really rewrite these people’s lives to actually give them a better ending?

“It struck me that being a UX Researcher helps me rewrite real stories and give happy endings to the user’s little inconveniences or major frustrations”

 During my time as a software developer, I raised questions over the requirement sheets given to me. I wanted to know whom I was developing a feature for, and if my design benefitted the end user. It struck me that being a UX Researcher helps me rewrite real stories and give happy endings to the user’s little inconveniences or major frustrations. Gradually, my passion for UX Research grew, and I started informally learning it in parallel to my work. To broaden my exposure to UX Research, I enrolled in an HCI program at GT to gain research and industry-oriented experience.

“As a researcher, I not only work on investigative story-telling, but also impact the lives of millions”

I am now a confident mixed methods researcher and a thoughtful designer at the Georgia Tech’s Culture And Technology (CAT) Lab. As a researcher, I not only work on investigative story-telling, but also impact the lives of millions and shape my future as well as that of many others'. I feel passionate about UX research, as it empowers me to do what I care for : rewriting people’s stories to have happier endings.

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