Designer &
Maker

I’m Darshan Gajara – a product designer & maker living in Berlin. I currently lead design at GraphCMS and run Product Disrupt. I also write stories about design & travel, interview creators, mentor designers and curate design resources.

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Product Disrupt

Curated resources to learn product design from the best of internet.

Resources

Guide to your DIY design education. Whether you're just starting out or already a PRO, there's always something you can learn. The resources listed here are going to remain relevant at all stages of your career.

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Half-monthly newsletter with curated stories on design and technology, resources to build digital products & side projects, case studies, portfolio inspiration and occasional deals.

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Blog

Inspiration gallery for digital design. Curated every week with the best of user interfaces, interaction design and side-projects to highlight those creating great work and inspiring others.

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Conversations

Interview series with the most inspiring creators on the internet. It’s an effort to dig deeper into their lives and learn from their work process.

Written Interviews

I started interviewing creators – designers, founders, writers, photographers, illustrators, etc. on my personal blog back in 2015. So far I've interviewed 20 creators including the likes of Paul Jarvis and Spencer Fry amongst others.

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Live Streams

In this new format, I invite creators for a conversation around a specific topic on the live stream where the audience can also participate and get their questions answered directly from the creators.

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Selected Work

Over the years, I've had an opportunity to work with brands and clients in different domains from countries like the US, UK, UAE, Germany, Canada, Australia & India. Here's some of my work available online.

GraphCMS

Full-time • 2020 - 2021

GraphCMS is a GraphQL native headless CMS company based in Berlin. I've led the design for various features and helped to build a design system.

See project on Dribbble

Quill

Freelance • 2018

Quill is an e-learning app for college students in India. I helped them redesign their mobile app which in return helped them get acquired by a large publication house within a year.

See case study on Behance

Samosa

Freelance • 2017

Samosa is an app to discover and share audio and GIFs. I helped them redesign their audio-only app to introduce GIFs and better discovery that led them to the growth of over a million users.

See case study on Behance

BookMyShow

Full-time • 2016

BookMyShow is India's largest ticketing platform for entertainment. I helped them design their app for Universal Windows Platform – think of it as a responsive native application that worked across all Windows devices.

See case study on Behance

Work Experience

I started my design journey as a Visual Designer at a startup in India. From there, I went on to pursue many different career paths. I worked in small & large teams, in-house & as a consultant, on-site & remote.

See full timeline on LinkedIn

GraphCMS

Senior Product Designer

Berlin • 2020 - Present

Freelance

Product Design Consultant

Worldwide • 2012 - 2019

Studysid

Head of Design

Mumbai • 2018 - 2019

Sapaad

Product Design Consultant

Dubai, Kochi, Mumbai • 2017 - 2019
See full timeline on LinkedIm

From The Blog

I use writing as an outlet to express my ideas and bring my thoughts to life. I discovered my love for writing when I first started writing online in 2012 to learn WordPress. I've been writing about design, side-projects, communities, personal growth and travel ever since.

Read more on blog

2020 – My Year in Review

Jan 3, 2021  - Self-reflection • Review

A Series of Many Failures

May 22, 2017  - Self-reflection • Transparency

What Did I Do in North India?

Mar 12, 2018  - Travel

I’m Moving to Berlin

Nov 20, 2019 - Life Update • Career
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