Top Skills Product Development Product Design Graphic Design
Languages English (Full Professional) Hindi (Full Professional) Marathi (Full Professional)
Certifications Designing the Mobile User Experience
Manisha Phadke Director, School of Design, NMIMS Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Summary An alumnus of IDC, IIT, Mumbai with a professional career spanning 25+ years demonstrating constant endeavours to upgrade to the changing Design frontiers. Beginning from Graphic & Information Design to UX Design graduating to Design Strategy.
In 2017, she founded a multi-disciplinary School of Design at NMIMS University, Mumbai Campus. The school envisions a professional and future scoping Design education which is powered by multidisciplinary modules, is collaborative, technology permeated and data driven.
She has built, mentored and managed multi-disciplinary teams, each time unleashing, channelizing and fuelling their creativity. In addition, demonstrates proficiency in imbibing cultural diversity required to work globally in Design
As a Trainer, has conducted seminars and workshops in Design Thinking applied in Business and Engineering scenarios
Currently involved in Research in the domain of User experience traversing from standalone tangible to connected and Immersive solutions
School of Design, NMIMS Director November 2016 – Present (3 years 5 months)
ILFS Education & Technology Services Ltd. Head, Design & New Products July 2013 – December 2014 (1 year 6 months)
Launched first of its kind android based product that integrates Academic, Administrative and Communication requirements of the Pre primary teacher‘ geneo’, the next gen kindergarten, The app had resources to teach and analytics to better her teaching. Created the Business model for ‘geneo’ incorporating multi level revenue plan, community building and collaborative sales.Led the design of all collaterals and initiated partnerships for sale. Increased viewers on ‘K -Class Science Experiments’–you tube channel by strategizing the Digital presence. Led Design efforts in UI/UX /branding to improve visibility or acceptance of product on web and android platforms
TARA Jewels Pvt ltd GM, Product Development and Merchandising November 2009 – November 2010 (1 year 1 month) Led a 50-man team in India and Hong Kong to conduct all product design related activity for all markets worldwide. Member of the Core team for senior level Client engagement worldwide. Travelled the globe for Market and Consumer research and Design trends. Published trend book during ‘Vicenza 2010’ Italy, which was a pro-active Product Development Initiative. Formulated cohesive Product plan with Marketing, Sales strategies. Designed unique products to cater to challenging price brackets for high volume sales. Designed a kiosk with game like Experience to facilitate pre-sale of the ‘Bead collection. Designed and exhibited in Vegas 2010 an India inspired collection-‘Colors’ based on ‘Kundan’. Which was later marketed by JC Penney, a US Retailer.
Diagold Creations Pvt Ltd Head, Business development and Product Development May 2007 – September 2009 (2 years 5 months) Head, Business and PD Development. Built the Product design department ground up. Led the team to create successful product lines for US and Europe. Economized Product development costs by substituting silver models with RPT Cams Successfully conducted R & D of new illusion prong settings that enhanced the look of the Diamonds. Travelled to Middle East, Spain and USA for Design Research and Business development activities.
Elegenza Jewelry Pvt Ltd; Tara Ultimo Pvt. Ltd Consultant-Product development April 2006 – April 2007 (1 year 1 month) Consultant- Product Design and Development
Improved the timeline of approval of samples to commercial supply. Aligned product lines to increase the hit rates for commercial orders Increased the team’s productivity by restructuring manpower, formalizing SOP’s and assigning measurable responsibilities. Shortened the PD cycle by automating the approvals in accordance to the benchmarked quality norms.
SVK Jewels (S. Vinodkumar Group) Head – Product Design & Development November 2003 – March 2006 (2 years 5 months) Expanded the PD team from 8 to 30-members to efficiently deliver successful product lines with benchmarked quality. Mentored and led design projects to combine Aesthetic ingenuity to manufacturing ease and price efficiency.
Learnet India Ltd Mumbai & Schoolnet India Ltd, Head-Design; Learnet; Consultant – Instruction Design, Schoolnet. January 1999 – November 2003 (4 years 11 months) Set up the Bangalore Design and Development team. Led interdisciplinary teams in Mumbai and Bangalore remotely, without being physically present in either of the locations. Was a Member of the Internal panel for sign offs on all Learnet products Conceptualized and implemented an innovative concept that enabled a student to conduct experiments in virtual space -‘Interactive Experiments’.’ Led the Design of interactive CD ROM series for High school students and teachers.
Shanker Jewels Ltd Consultant January 1995 – January 1999 (4 years 1 month) Set up a professional Design department that used scientific approach to Product development. Trained and mentored self taught designers and model makers to follow an engineering approach to their work. Reduced time and increase the elegance of the models by training conventional model makers to carve designs in wax rather than silver. Researched international trends, consumer insights to design a successful line for the Europe market
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Lecturer 1992 – 1995 (3 years)
One of the first young recruits as a IDC Faculty. Conducted Courses for M.Des in Typography, Information Design, Representational Techniques; besides being a guide to students in Multimedia and Print Design projects Successfully conceptualized and managed an International conference titled “Visual Communication: Emerging Scenarios” Presented a paper on Ancient Indian Design methodology and their applications in the Emerging Scenario.
self Freelance Graphic Designer January 1989 – January 1992 (3 years 1 month) Handling Design Projects in Publication, Interface Design, Information Design and Exhibition Design for Ciba, Novartis, Mapin Publishing Ltd, Aditya V. Birla Group, Sony Entertainment Television, Standard Chartered Bank to name a few. Made Professional presence in Newspaper Design (Times of India and Indian Express) and travelled to Germany and France on assignments. Did pioneering work in using Ancient Indian Design Methodologies in current Design assignments.
Education Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Master of Design, Visual Communication · (1987 – 1989)
Goa College of Art, Bombay University Bachelor of Arts, Applied Art · (1982 – 1987)
peoples high school