Nikash (or just Nik) is hell-bent on creating a context in Sydney where designers are recognised for their understanding that form and function are tightly interfused. He has spent the last decade merging theory about visual perception and human cognition with a hands-on approach of making, trashing and learning in the workplace. The dedication to theory has resulted in being in the final throes of a PhD at the University of Sydney, where he has tutored and lectured for 7 years. The dedication to practice has resulted in a consulting role at Syfte, through whom he is embedded with Commonwealth Bank as a Senior UX Consultant. Alongside the learning and doing, Nik has been a permanent fixture in the volunteering landscape of Open Source Software (OSS) as a Design contributor in OpenOffice, LibreOffice and now at SourceForge.
Nik's passion is User Interface Design. To UI he brings full-stack development experience working in Agile and Lean teams using rapid prototyping techniques that he merges with the User Centered Design methods he has taught at University and which he embraces in his consulting and volunteeering. Add to this the meritocratic philosophy endorsed by OSS projects that he has taken to heart and you get a Designer who fundamentally believes that thinking, making and learning are not so distinct. And now he knows the Science to back it.
And when he's not writing in the third person, he's actually pretty approachable. But he spits when he gets excited. Not like a camel or anything, but yeah. Just, don't get him excited. Maybe don't sit in the front row either.