Pratik Pramanik is currently a front-end developer and lead designer (UX/visual) for Boutiika. He was a designer/developer at Social Print Studio working on Prinstagram, Print Studio, DBLCAM and more. He previously worked for Lybba/Wondros, a not-for-profit design company started by former Cooper Design VP David Fore and filmmaker Jesse Dylan. His primary responsibility there was the C3N Project.
He received a Bachelors in Science at UCSD for Cognitive Science with a specialization in Human Computer Interaction. During his college tenure, he was the founder and editor-in-chief of COGSNEWS and served as Academic and Professional Chair for the CSSA (Cognitive Science Student Association).
- Seamless & sustainable projects: Solutions to public problems should be both economically and environmentally sustainable. Good solutions are generally unnoticeable to its users and integrate into their lives seamlessly. In depth study of the local culture reveals solutions otherwise inaccessible from conventional thinking.
- DIY Projects: sometimes the best product is the one you build yourself. If you build it yourself you can add on modular components, fix it and are less likely to put it in the trash. Wanna Be Green? D-I-Y.
- Simplify by looking back: Sometimes I wax nostalgic about things that occurred before I was even born. I like the simplicity and elegance that a lot of old practices had; the art of lost or antiquated methodologies sometimes contain nuances that inform about our ways of life. If our modern solutions have grown too complex, it helps to step back and see where we can reduce complexity.
- Visual: Not everyone can look at a chart of data and parse meaning; providing the same data in multiple visual mediums increases uptake and keeps the reader engaged and informed. I firmly believe that a seamless visual experience augments users abilities and allows them to apply their specialties to the data directly with the best focus available to them.
- The journey from not knowing to knowing: Nothing confirms your existence in reality more so than being wrong. If we were dreaming we’d always be right and the world would conform to us. In reality, the world does not, and it’s refreshing and exciting. I take much pleasure in being incorrect, nothing motivates me more in my journey to uncover the mysteries of the universe. Being wrong only starts the journey to knowledge. “Fail early and often to succeed sooner.” — Bill Moggridge