Rishma Mendhekar

Inclusive UX designer, teacher, advocate

Hiya. My name is Rishma, and I'm a recent grad from Georgia Tech's M.S. Human Computer Interaction program and User Experience Design Lead for Mentra, a platform that is redefining the job search process for neurodiverse individuals.

 

I design to advocate for users of all backgrounds and abilities. 

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. Listen to me discussing accessible and inclusive design with Dr. Carrie Bruce on the Georgia Tech HC-Hive podcast.

The basics

California girl living in the South. I graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in computer science and a minor in studio art in 2018. I also have certification from Conn's Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology. 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.

Food, tattoos, everything else

When I'm not designing, I'm usually cooking. Or looking at other people's cooking as a mod for Subtle Asian Cooking.

When I'm not thinking about food, I'm scheming about my next tattoo and emroidering.

To get in touch,

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

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