Maven Wave is made up of a variety of individuals with unique talents. Every Monday, we highlight an employee from the company in a short video to show the world what makes each maven the expert or connoisseur they are.

Each month, we will delve a little deeper into the life of one Maven. This month our featured Maven is Maya Murali, a Visual Designer on our Experience Design team. Maya tells us a little bit about why she’s excited to do the work she does, what her design process looks like, and how her personality takes shape along with it.

Q: What do you look forward to most about your day-to-day work?
A: Blue sky design! It’s always a treat to work on a new product, site, or brand from the ground up. My day-to-day can consist of many meetings and one-off deliverables, so I relish the moments where I can focus my effort on design systems and illustration.

Q: Describe one quality you think is important to have in your role.
A: Flexibility. It’s important to be able to communicate your ideas to others, take criticism, and collaborate. Good design is never created in a vacuum, and it evolves over time.

Q: What is one thing you wish people knew about your job? What’s a common misconception about the work you do?
A: Misconception: visual design is solely aesthetic. To design is to continuously engage with psychology, sociology, and art. Communication is the primary goal – whether it be content, a theme, an emotion… aesthetics are only part of the package. Designers are always researching and exploring new ways to connect with users, a vital component in product development.

Q: What activities or hobbies do you enjoy doing when you leave the office?
A: My typical evening is spent reading comics & fiction. I also enjoy boxing, cooking, drawing, and photography.

Q: Why do you think a Maven stands out in a crowd?
A: I believe all Mavens share a thirst for knowledge. We’re uniquely talented in our respective fields and share a genuine interest in meeting new people, sharing ideas, and learning from others.

Q: When faced with a new project or challenge, what do you do first?
A: My first step in any new project is always research. Research the company, the product, the audience, the context… and then begin design exploration!

Q: If you were a font, which font would you be?

Q: Choose one word to describe yourself.
A: Unconventional ✿

Learn more about Maya by watching her Maven Monday video below!

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