Fueled by learning, driven by problem solving, and dedicated to spreading smiles through design.

Currently freelancing helping mission driven brands launch, thrive and grow.

Amazon Web Services / OpenSearch Project
Senior UX Designer - September 2022 - April 2024
"Shanil is an incredibly talented and driven UX designer. When we brought him onboard our team we tasked him with exploring the next generation experience for searching logs in OpenSearch and asked him to perform this exploration in the open. Shanil embraced this, and every other challenge we gave him. Not only did he end up designing delightful new experiences for our customers, but he did so in a way that helped drive the open source vision for OpenSearch. I'd love to work with Shanil again in the future and recommend him for any UX challenge."
– Eli Fisher - Senior Manager Product AWS / OpenSearch
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CommonBond
Senior Product Designer - November 2021 - May 2022
"Shanil is an outstanding Senior Product Designer. Over the months we worked together at CommonBond he provided me direct support, professional guidance, and mentorship. Shanil is an extremely talented designer who excels at research studies, workshop facilitation, process definition, concept ideation, design systems, among others. He advocated for design thinking at the organization and helped us to define better processes to support the efficient delivery of high-quality product features. It was a pleasure to work along such a talented and great individual."
– Florencia Yannuzzi - Product Designer
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Myplanet
Visual Designer / Product Designer - June 2019 - Oct 2021
"If I were to paint Shanil as a metaphor, he would be a 7-in-1 flashlight compass tool. He is able to undertake any challenge we throw at him; from complex service design to interaction design, visual interface design as well as front-end development. I have never quite met anybody who is M-shaped the way he is. He encompasses the flow and stature of a seasoned practitioner who is hungry to grow at every step. Alongside this, he is incredibly humble and has such deep empathy for his teammates and clients. He’s always willing to go the extra mile to get us where we need to be. I had the pleasure of overseeing his work on three major projects across various verticals. Across those engagements, he took on business design activities, service blueprinting, presentations to executive stakeholders, created beautiful visual interfaces, and defined enterprise-level design ops strategy."
– Lisa Hong - Director Digital Design
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Honous Bachelor in Interaction Design
Sheridan College, Canada - 2015 - 2019
Learned a range of things including visual design, conceptual thinking, UX, UI design, data visualizations, physical computing, front-end development, design research, testing to name a few. I also designed for the college and worked as an Academic Integrity Ambassador.
Certificate in Creative Problem Solving
Sheridan College, Canada - 2015 - 2019
Learned about design thinking, creative problem solving methods, creative leadership, facilitation and strategy. I also facilitate workshops on behalf of Sheridan College with industry partners.

Ubuntu, systems thinking, and creative problem solving inform how I design.

I give back through mentorship.

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I was born in Zimbabwe, a small country in Southern Africa. Growing up during a time of hyperinflation taught me to solve ambiguous problems resourcefully and embrace the concept of Ubuntu, which is central to my design process. These experiences led me to pursue a Bachelor’s in Interaction Design in Canada, where I graduated with honors. During my undergrad, I took classes in Creative Problem Solving, which formalized my lifelong knack for solving problems creatively. A pivotal moment in my design career was learning to think in systems, allowing me to apply Ubuntu in a more structured way.

A lesson learned is a lesson best shared.