Shivram Mahendran, Designer in New York, NY, United States
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Shivram Mahendran

Verified Expert  in Design


New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
February 26, 2020

Shivram is an award-winning product, visual, and experience designer with a background in business. His interests nudge towards building products for fintech and next-gen technologies like augmented, virtual, and mixed reality. Shivram has worked with companies like HP, UPDESK, Aputure, Versace Home, Borosil, and Dan Lok Media. He excels at breaking down business problems and crafting user-centered product solutions.


Work Experience

Principal Designer

2019 - PRESENT
  • Built a brand identity and guidelines, explainer video, 3D model, website illustrations, and miscellaneous design assets to assist visuals of the brand.
  • Designed a website to convey the product features and information in a succinct package.
  • Created multiple iterations of the web product from the initial MVP to evolution based on the product direction and user feedback.
Technologies: Adobe Experience Design (XD), User Experience (UX), User Flows, User Personas, Figma, WordPress, Webflow, After Effects CC, User Interface (UI)


2015 - PRESENT
  • Led a team of two to design a companion native mobile app for HP in-store sales staff to assist store walk-ins better and to self educate about HP products.
  • Designed a web app for Savage & Palmer, a leading outsourced business solutions provider, that helps SMEs understand their company standing better by providing an easy-to-digest KPI visualization.
  • Designed a B2B eCommerce platform and a B2C shopping experience product for Hennep in the marijuana industry.
  • Designed an identity system and web platform/app for Augury Research, Blaze Finance, Savage & Palmer (Brego), and Quax Australia in the accounting and fintech space.
  • Designed and developed a filmmaking contest website for Aputure called "Light this Location" for amateur filmmakers worldwide.
  • Designed a website for Going to School, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded NGO that helps teach teen kids in rural parts of India to learn essential life lessons.
  • Formulated product strategies and designs for WHO, Ambry Genetics, and Thyrocare in the healthcare space.
  • Designed an identity system and website for Geometrid, a Singapore-based construction tech startup that is a part of the Microsoft Accelerator.
  • Led a team of nine to design and ship furniture 3D models for Overstock, Wayfair, and Updesk.
  • Led a team of three internationally and coordinated with dev teams nationally to deliver high-end websites and digital products for Geometrid, Aqsit, Interprint India, and more.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Adobe Creative Suite, 3ds Max, Ableton Live, Figma, Sketch, Webflow, Digital Product Design, UX Design, Visual Design, UI Design, SaaS Design, Product Strategy, 3D, Product Management, Landing Page Design, Business Strategy, User Experience (UX), Product Design, User Interface (UI), High-fidelity Prototypes, Prototyping, User Testing, 3D Art

Product Designer

2022 - 2023
Ambry Genetics Corporation
  • Set up a coherent design system that spans over six different products, each with its identity.
  • Redesigned an archaic product with established design fundamentals, principles, and patterns to increase user flow completion rates on all verticals by 10-45%.
  • Introduced new features to the product that increased time spent on product and product engagement by almost 30%.
Technologies: UI Design, Product Design, Wireframing, Prototyping, Design Thinking, Design Systems, Responsive Design, Medtech

Design Lead

2021 - 2022
Andrew Koudijs [Toptal Projects]
  • Designed an identity system for the Hennep tech. The identity system was created to be used instead of their marketing approach.
  • Made design of a B2B2C eCommerce platform that facilitates order handling and inventory management between cannabis manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers.
  • Designed a B2C retail in-store ordering app that adheres to state-by-state cannabis sale restrictions and laws.
Technologies: Product Design, UX Design, UI Design, Dashboard Design, Inventory Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)


2016 - 2017
Zeo VR
  • Co-founded a bleeding-edge, procedurally generated multiplayer WebVR platform that lets users from any device connect to the metaverse by sharing a single URL.
  • Worked on product design, product management, user acquisition, business strategy, business development, 3D asset creation, and marketing.
  • Set up a 3D render farm for Blender with Cycles on Google Cloud console servers.
Technologies: 3D Modeling, 3D, Web-based VR, Node.js, NPM, JavaScript, GitHub, Heroku, Figma, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Blender, User Interface (UI)
2020 - 2022

Master's Degree in Software Engineering

Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY, USA

2014 - 2015

Master's Degree in Product Design

Istituto Marangoni - Milan, Italy

2013 - 2014

Diploma in Design Exploration

Istituto Marangoni - Milan, Italy

2010 - 2013

Bachelor's Degree in Business Studies

Lancaster University - Lancaster, England


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