Meekal Bajaj

I write about design, product, and technology. Curious about everything.

  • Conducting better user research: A guide for Product Managers

    Design · 7 minutes read · Last updated August 10, 2018

    We do research to bridge the knowledge gap between reality and our model of it. Without writing a single line of code, user research sessions rapidly generate a lot of insights. However, running a research session is hard, we are distilling insights from anecdotes shared by imperfect historians. To get meaningful data in a short amount of time, we need two things in our arsenal:

    1. Questions to uncover the problem
    2. Tactics to keep the conversation focused
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  • Scaling yourself

    People · 7 minutes read · Last updated June 21, 2018

    Last year I found myself hitting a personal limit on how much work I could execute on simultaneously. At one time, I was concurrently leading 3 new product lines as a Product Manager, filling in as a designer, and acting as a hiring manager. Ill-equipped to scale with the sudden increase in responsibilities, I started to see the quality of my work plummet. Working harder didn’t help, there were not enough hours in the day to go around. To put it mildly, I needed a new system.

    It took a combination of learning to delegate and prioritizing to get past that stage. That’s not surprising. But like most lessons from the school of hard knocks, the lessons are obvious, how to execute them isn’t. 

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  • Building a design culture

    Opinion · 1 minute read · Last updated September 04, 2014

    Design is everyone’s responsibility. Designers may be the practitioners that give an idea it’s first expression, but a well designed product is forged by many critical eyes. A good design culture finds a way to give a voice to everyone—as a critic, a proponent, or a practitioner. It’s our job to build cultures of:

    • Critique
      A culture of critique is one where people can recognize when something feels wrong. They may not have the words to express what it is, but they are able to raise a flag when there is a concern. It’s the first step to becoming sensitive to design.

    • Rhetoric
      A design rhetoric culture is one in which people can not only identify that something is wrong, but can articulate what it is. It’s one where people have a shared vocabulary to describe what’s wrong and value the benefit that design might bring to the process.

    • Literacy
      In a design literate culture individuals have the skills and tools to design solutions. It’s a culture where people know how to use the design process to uncover problems, and the expressiveness to convey their solutions.

  • Design books 2014

    Labs · 1 minute read · Last updated September 01, 2014

    Books that have heavily influenced my design thinking, aesthetics, and understanding of design as a profession. Read more

  • Turning a SVG element to a downloadable file

    Tutorials · 1 minute read · Last updated August 29, 2014

    Using D3 to create visualizations is incredibly powerful, however I occasionally like to export these out so that I can put the final touches in Illustrator.

    Just pass in the SVG element in which the visualization is being rendered and the function appends a preview image and a download link on the page.