Hi! I'm a problem solver, product designer, and accessibility advocate
My name is Rishma, and I'm a senior product designer at Crunchbase. I love advocating for inclusivity, complex problem solving, and learning as much as I can about native mobile design.
As an inclusive designer, I take an accessibility-first approach to design. This means that from the beginning of the design process, I'm considering the diversity of human abilities, contexts of use, and modes of understanding. Had trouble reading your laptop screen on a sunny day? Struggled to send a text with one hand while carrying a package in the other? Both inclusive design problems.
On a larger scale, I work towards creating products that necessitate intersectional inclusion on a foundational level.
At Georgia Tech, I co-taught an introductory inclusive design course with a focus on human abilities and researched ethical values behind technology creation practices. Learn more about inclusive design on this HC-Hive podcast episode where Dr. Carrie Bruce and I discuss the importance of accessibility and universal design.
Went from San Francisco to Atlanta to Boston and landed in New York. I graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in computer science and a minor in studio art in 2018. I came to Georgia Tech in 2018 to pursue my M.S. in Human Computer Interaction once I realized that I didn't want to code all day.
When I'm not designing, I'm usually cooking, or hiding my cooking from my cat. Or taking care of more cats as a volunteer at my local shelter.
When I'm not hanging out with cats, I'm scheming about my next tattoo or doing pilates.