Nikhil Nimawat was always an artist and illustrator. But he made the switch to product design after graduating from IIT Guwahati, and hasn’t looked back since. With his interests in the art and design meshed together, Nikhil was, until recently, a product designer at Niro.
Currently a designer from the 5th cohort of the Product Design Fellowship, Nikhil has taken some time off to focus on the Fellowship.
We caught up with him to find out more about his experience with the Fellowship!
“I recently took a break from work to focus on ownpath because I realised if did it properly, the Fellowship was truly worth it.
The most rewarding aspect for me was being able to directly apply what I learnt during my projects. For example, I was able to implement many of the teachings of the mentors in my projects, such as the user journey map taught to us by Koel during the User Research masterclass. After attending their sessions, concepts that I was struggling with suddenly became crystal clear.
Another very noticeable thing for me was finally developing the confidence I required. Whenever I am stuck, I can go back to clarify my doubts, or gain some feedback from mentors. I’m much more confident with my ideas and implementation of them. I also recognised some gaps I didn’t even know I had. For example, the user journey map - at what stage to make it, and how to go about it - it became very clear to me after attending Koel’s classes.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. In the beginning, I was of the opinion that the Fellowship wasn’t worth it, that I’d made a bad decision. But as time went on, I started seeing the benefits and the extent of how much these sessions had helped me, even subconsciously. The Fellowship also reignited my interest in doing more projects, and I’m currently focussing on that. It is very exciting with the new cohorts coming in, because I’d love to collaborate with other Fellows on interesting proposals.
Looking forward to seeing what’s in store at ownpath!”