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    Design Strategist

    mixing a human-centered design approach with the big-picture thinking, market research, and product feasibility

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    Product Manager

    designing innovative products & services with a keen eye for simplicity, intuitiveness and a focus on the users’ experience

  • R.U.L.S. 'Home screen' (Paper prototype).

    User Experience

    empathizing with the needs, emotions and problems that individuals face both in the the digital and physical world


I have worked on many different design-related projects over the course of my career - academic, professional and also on my own time. You can check out some of these great projects below and read about the process used in each.




My passion for photography has grown in recent years. I upgraded my point 'n' shoot camera to a DSLR. I've also spent time sifting through material on the interweb to expand my knowledge, from fundamentals to trick shots. The photos below are a collection of shots I have taken from my travels and also just some random things that I thought looked cool!

For more pictures, check me out on flickr.


  • Hearst Castle, California
    Hearst Castle, California
  • Beach Boardwalk | Santa Cruz, California
    Beach Boardwalk | Santa Cruz, California
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
    Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Halong Bay, Vietnam
    Halong Bay, Vietnam
  • Mt. Kinabalu | Borneo, Malaysia
    Mt. Kinabalu | Borneo, Malaysia
  • Lisbon, Portugal
    Lisbon, Portugal
  • Arenal, Costa Rica
    Arenal, Costa Rica
  • Hue, Vietnam
    Hue, Vietnam
  • Ayutthaya, Thailand
    Ayutthaya, Thailand
  • Hong Kong
    Hong Kong
  • Venice Beach, California
    Venice Beach, California
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
    Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
    Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
  • Lisbon, Portugal
    Lisbon. Portugal
  • Sarchi, Costa Rica
    Sarchi, Costa Rica





Welcome! My name is Akhil Chugh. I am a design strategist, product manager and UX specialist — in other words, I am extremely passionate about the intersection of design, business & technology, and being able to employ a human-centered approach to empathize with the needs and to solve the problems of others.


I recently completed a dual-degree – MBA / MA in Design Leadershipfrom Johns Hopkins (Carey Business School) and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). It was a unique program that combined creativity and design thinking to a traditional MBA. While in grad school, I also led a Design for America studio, where I facilitated workshops and guided interdisciplinary student teams in applying human-centered design to create local and social impact in the Baltimore community. Partners included: Armstrong Institute (Hopkins Medicine), Section.1 (Urban Art Park).


Rewinding just a tad, I completed my undergraduate degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. After school, I worked as a client-facing consultant for a number of years before switching gears and working with a small web-based startup company as a product manager. 


Aside from working, I enjoy playing sports (soccer, basketball, and pretty much any other), cooking (and of course eating), and traveling any chance I get. During undergrad, I went on a study-abroad term to Singapore. While I was there and traveling around, I started getting into photography. There is something incredible about capturing a timeless moment or being able to evoke emotion and imagination in the viewer of a photo. Check out some of my pictures in the photography section.


Learn more about my academic background, professional experience and skills from my resume.



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