Hi! I'm an inclusive product designer making fintech fun and friendly.

My name is Rishma, and I'm a product designer at Lumanu. I love designing for budding startups, advocating for inclusivity, and learning as much as I can about native mobile design.

Why fintech?

I started my journey to financial freedom a year ago. As I explored the world of investing, I was struck by one thing – just how gosh darn complicated everything was. Something as common as transferring money between accounts took a few minutes of Googling, and it was different on every single platform. 

Coincidentally, I started working in fintech around the same time, helping millennial and gen z creators get paid and manage their self-run businesses. I couldn't help but notice the contrast. With thoughtful design and language, it was easy to turn complicated financial actions into seamless experiences.

It's harder now than ever to pay off loans, buy property, and when it comes down to it, live the lives we want to live. I wholeheartedly believe that purposeful design is the key to helping the digital generation achieve financial freedom.

Inclusive 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. 

The basics

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.

To get in touch,

reach out to me at rimendhekar@gmail.com, or add me on LinkedIn.