Anjali Deswandikar believes for every problem there is always a better solution. Every person is a designer and we can use our intelligence to build, design beautiful things that can enhance our lives.
She loves learning from travelling, knowing people and places.
Anjali belives that people, places and different situations are the raw data to which if we add intelligence would give us brilliant solutions.
How are you planning to celebrate Women’s Day this year?
By writing a personal note of gratitude to few empowering, strong women around me.
Would you say there is an under-representation of women in UI/UX design?
Not at Lollypop Design Studio 🙂
What are some personality traits of women that make them better (or worse) UX designers?
Being open to ideas, being flexible, experimenting each time to find solution and never saying it can’t be done.
Who are some design leaders (male or female) you look up to?
Anil Reddy (Founder, Lollypop Design Studio), Jared Spool (UIE.com), Luke Wroblewski, Don Norman and Steve Krug.
As a woman, what’s the greatest challenge you’ve had to face as a designer?
In early career, I have experienced that UI design or visual design used to be considered as lower than UX design. I always wondered why since both require different kind of intelligence while both are equally important in their places. And hence it used to be challenging for me being a UI designer earlier if I was seeking for UX knowledge from someone I never used to get it openly.
What, in your opinion, could we UI/UX designers do, as a relatively young and collaborative fraternity, to solve the problem of gender inequality?
Designers hold superpower and they can influence the society with their magical skills in a good way. They should advocate the importance of both genders and that if we balance both genders we as a society will flourish.
Your message to young women looking to make their careers in UI/UX?
Being a woman you should never feel weak, in-fact a woman is a very powerful force that compliments a man and is much needed. Hence, women designers need to be brave and confident when they want to present any solution but at the same time not at all arrogant and adamant.
This article was last updated on November 26, 2023; Originally published on March 4, 2021