Welcome —
Sunil is a Principal product designer at Zalando, Berlin

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Sunil is a digital design strategist with 20 years of conceptualising, designing, building, and testing digital products experience.

Despite being an individual design contributor, he has led design for local & global organisations. He brings a diverse design experience spanning business design strategy, product visioning, consumer product design, strategic facilitation, design team management, design research & interaction design.

Specialities: Strategic Design, Product Design, User Experience, User Research, Design management, Mentor, and champion designers. 

Sunil has led design teams, built practices & mentored designers. He has designed products & services in retail, healthcare, banking, and travel, and he also has worked with schools & activists to design for social impact at scale.

He likes solving challenging design problems and is a big-picture thinker obsessed with crafting elegant and audacious experiences.

Sunil has mentored school students who aspire to be designers and professional designers. He is currently mentoring designers through adplist.org and designed.org.

Skills

Strategic Design  -  User Experience  -  Product Design  -  Service Design  -  Design roadmap  -  User research   -  Interaction design  -  Information architecture  -  Visual design  -  Usability testing  - Design management  -  Mentor and champion designers

Experience timeline

I’ve been lucky enough to establish relationships with amazing companies, from up-and-coming startups to multinational companies. For more details, head over to my LinkedIn

Principal Product Designer
Zalando  |  Sep 2021 - To date

Product Design Lead
Grab  |  Jan 2021 - Aug 2021

Lead User Experience Designer
ThoughtWorks  |  Jan 2016 - Dec 2020

Associate Director, Experience
MutualMobile  |  Dec 2013 - Dec 2015

Manager, Experience Design
L&T Infotech  |  Jan 2012 - Nov 2013

Senior Information Architect
Sapient  |  Aug 2006 - Jan 2012

UI Lead
Tekriti Software  |  May 2005 - Aug 2006

Web Designer
IOD  |  Jun 2002 - May 2005

Software Engineer
SkyWeb  |  Feb 2001 - May 2002

Designed for

Over the years, Sunil has designed and delivered solutions for multiple platforms. Ranging from B2C, B2B, SaaS.

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Few brands Sunil has worked with

He is honoured to have worked with some of the most amazing & innovative companies. He got not just work but lots of learning and experience from these clients primarily from Germany, USA, Singapore and India.

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Public speaking

He has been an active member of the design community and has given quite a few talks at the places like Google Dev fest, and Google Developers Group. 

More than talking at events or conferences Sunil loves teaching design to school kids. He started a program called 'Design Gyaan' for school kids <3 Covered in the personal section below.

Deep down

A son, husband and father who has been named "modern-day hippie". He likes to spend time in nature, socialising, teaching and travelling. Sunil is free-spirited and doesn't like to follow time in his personal life, especially when he is travelling or reading or cleaning his motorcycle. He is a petrol head and has a passion for motorcycles and cars. 

It's easy to make him happy. Just take him to the 'art museum' or share some 'good music' or buy a ticket to any 'performing arts event' or invite him for a 'ride'.   

He is always curious to learn new hobbies and new skills. Below is an unordered list of random things he has done or still doing. It’s still fun to learn :)

Photography /  Cooking  /  Ukulele  /  Doodling

Design Gyaan ~ Giving back to society

Sunil always felt that why schools don't focus on teaching design? Why they don't talk about how to build a career in design? 

After a lot of thought and discussions with his designer friends, he started an event called DesignGyaan, which aims to teach and foster design thinking skills among school students. The focus is to highlight the role design plays in the real world. The event showcases examples that help students channel their creative thoughts and apply them to think of better designs for existing products/technologies. The workshop provides an educational and learning platform that helps students think of “designing” as a viable career option.

Gyaan means knowledge in Hindi.

Inspiration. Experience. Learn. Travel.

Sunil has travelled to so many places in so many forms — whether he is backpacking, with his family on road trips, or business trip in a different country for a few weeks or months. He travels to see things, and sometimes he goes to do things. He always travels to learn. For him, travel is not only about experiencing other cultures, but it is also about experiencing one's self in an entirely new context. In a new world, surrounded by unfamiliar people and customs, Sunil always discovers strengths and weaknesses he never knew he had. Travelling has shown him how much every single person in this world has to offer only another person. Everyone has a story and a set of valuable skills. Listening to any person's unique life path undoubtedly adds something to mine.

Out of 29 states and seven union territories in India, he has travelled to 20 states and 3 UT's by road with his wife and daughter. The most prolonged and most memorable road trips he did with his wife and daughter were month-long cross country road trips.

One interesting fact is he and his family never plan a route for return. They target a date when they need to be at home, and decide the direction and places to see on the fly.

You can follow his travel on Instagram.

Latest Instagram

Sunil loves photography. He used to shoot on DSLR and then he bought an iPhone. Some of his latest photographs can be found on his Instagram.

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