I'm Shivan Kannan

Designer in Chennai

I have worked in the Design Industry for the last 18 years. Certified Usability Analyst (CUA)TM by Human Factors International (HFI) and passionate about creating engaging and responsive end user experiences on digital platforms. My objective is to obtain a challenging position involving interaction and visual design. A creative design professional with experience in Graphic and Interaction Design – sketching wireframes, building interactive prototypes, mocks and designing user interfaces for digital applications with focus on user centered design & usability principles.

I add business value to designs by making it useful, usable and desirable

I believe in interest driven hardwork and have a strong passion to network, read and learn thereby staying abreast in UX practices.

Sketches &

Drawn countless number of sketches and wireframes that storm thousands of thoughts about layouts, information types, interactions, navigation mechanisms, organization and such.


Create hi-fidelity pixel-perfect visual mockups for mobile and web based applications. Define and maintain brand as well as usage guide. Prepare Design Description Documents.

Print &

Logos, Icons, Brochures, Flyers, Business Cards, Email Newsletters, Letterheads, ID cards, Event Booth designs, Media Label Covers, Book Covers, Banners, Posters.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. - Steve Jobs

My Skills and Tools

Ability to come up with quick design reviews and recommendations. Can quickly make concept sketches. Huge appetite towards exploring new tools and techniques helped widening my deliverables set. Deliverables include User Stories, Interaction Design, Information Architecture, User Interface Design, Usability Testing, Surveys, Task Analysis, Rapid Prototyping, Content Analysis, Personas, Competitive Analysis, Scenarios, User Journeys, Task Flow Diagrams, Wireframes, Story boarding, Design Description Documenting, Interactive/ Paper prototyping, Graphic Design: Icons, Logos, Brochures, Banners, event booth design, Pixel perfect visual screen design.


I believe user research and usability testing are important in delivering a successful user centered design. From quick hand drawn concept sketches to prototypes, my process involves developing the best solution to identified design problems through an iterative approach.


Organized UX meetup

Organized UX meetup

  • 15 February 2020

IDF Chennai UX friendly coffee meetup at VR mall Writers Cafe. Valuable interactions, knowledge sharing, vibrant discussions on UX tools and process methods being followed by each participant favoured networking while the coffee helped sparking design thoughts. Thanks to all who were able to make it today. UX meetups are surely getting better from all the lessons learnt in the past meetups and it is helping professionals come out of their cabins to meet and interact with UX friends with varied experiences.

15 February 2020
November 2015 - Present (4 years)
UX Designer

UX Designer

  • November 2015 - Present (4 years)

VIMANA, Manufacturing System Insights Pvt Ltd., Chennai, INDIA

Spear headed the reviewing and solving of usability problems that existed in the application using a user-centered approach. Analysed and simplified user interactions. Improved user navigation within the system. Upscaled the visual design and defined style guides to enhance consistent look and feel across the platform.

  • Paper prototyped Knowledge Base feature also called as Work Instructions for machine operators.
  • Created wireframes and pixel perfect visual screens for operator touch panels, ticketing, dashboards, reports, work instructions, site manager, white label branding for Sandvik Coromant.
  • Prepared marketing collaterals for IMTS event.
  • Supported team in taking various design decisions from a user perspective during brain storming sessions and product development.
  • Designed intuitive looking SVG icons for manufacturing domain.
  • Prepared newsletter reports.
Creative Head

Creative Head

  • November 2013 - October 2015 (2 years)

QED, Everest Edusys and Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Chennai, INDIA

Responsible for rebranding and building the corporate web as well as company intranet. Designed several marketing collaterals for events and product launches. Designed and built the science club digital platform (www.scienceclub.com) including feature ideation, defining user behaviour, navigation, information architecture, branding, concept, programming and publishing. This is used by about 90000 school children spanning 320 schools across various cities in India who have access to science content that is mapped to their school curriculum.

  • Defined and re-designed the company brand, its logo and usage guidelines, corporate web redesign.
  • Initiated and implemented the digital product – www.scienceclub.com – to teach science online for school students.
  • Ideated, designed and developed an online contest platform for teachers and students using PhP, MySql and bootstrap with voting mechanism.
  • Developed User Interface design standards and patterns for scienceclub.
  • Designed mockup ideas, wireframes, user stories and presented during stakeholder meetings. Initiated and built intranet for company with usage reports for data analyses.
  • Shared relevant usage and analytic data using jquery UI charts and presented in company intranet.
  • Designed several marketing collaterals such as banners, standees, event invitations, flyers, posters, online mailers using MailChimp and more such print materials.
November 2013 - October 2015 (2 years)
February 2010 - February 2013 (3 years)
Interaction & User Interface Designer

Interaction & User Interface Designer

  • February 2010 - February 2013 (3 years)

HeyMath! Sankhyaa Learning Ltd., Chennai, INDIA

Responsible for planning, managing and executing all aspects of the Interaction & User Interface Design discipline, throughout a project engagement. I’ve concepted and implemented many types of interactive media, including corporate web, intranet, web applications, print and iPad applications.

  • Redesigned the corporate web, branding and design specifications.
  • Developed User Interface design standards and patterns.
  • Developing wireframes that illustrate the navigation, page structure and information relationships.
  • Collaborating with business, marketing, and content strategists to define and communicate experiential concepts that address user and business goals.
  • Creating information structures through process flows.
  • Working closely with production teams to develop the product concept, interface design and content presentation.
  • Ensuring product quality by applying usability best practices at various points in the development process.
  • Delivering approved designs with clean hand coded HTML/CSS and Java.
Senior Engineer - User Interface & Usability

Senior Engineer - User Interface & Usability

  • October 2007 - February 2010 (3 years)

Qvantel Software Solutions Ltd., Hyderabad, INDIA

While working at Qvantel, I provided leadership in defining, creating and maintaining the user experience for mobile applications. My role included defining brand identity, making usability, content and messaging recommendations to improve customer experience for mobile applications including iPhone and projects for Nokia and Sony Ericsson mobiles. I also lead in the development of all visual and interactive design elements, including page layouts, site navigation and information architecture.

  • Developing sketches, mocks and wireframes that detail the navigation and page flow.
  • Used MS Visio to create flowcharts that define task flow.
  • Created questionnaires, surveys and conducted interviews with participants.
  • Creating user stories or use cases.
  • Used Optimal Sort – an online tool to derive inputs for organizing content in web applications.
  • Designed screen prototypes for mobile applications.
  • Developed interactive screen prototype/ demo of a GPS based navigator application for S60 type mobiles.
  • Delivering approved designs with clean hand coded HTML/CSS and Java.
October 2007 - February 2010 (3 years)
August 2006 - September 2007 (1 year)
Graphic and Web Designer

Graphic and Web Designer

  • August 2006 - September 2007 (1 year)

HeyMath! Sankhyaa Learning Ltd., Chennai, INDIA

Developed graphic designs, user interface screen mockups, print designs and posters. Rendered several corporate mailers and managed corporate identity material.

Senior Multimedia Executive

Senior Multimedia Executive

  • October 2002 - July 2005 (3 years)

Satvat Infosol, Chennai, INDIA

Responsible for developing computer based educational interactive CD-ROM for children. Tasks included rendering screens using Adobe Flash. Worked on a number of print designs, typography and page layouts.

October 2002 - July 2005 (3 years)


Thank you for visiting my profile. If you think I can help you, email me:
shivan [dot] kannan [at] gmail [dot] com