Po Bhattacharyya


I have experience designing for web, mobile, AR/VR, and voice.


I'm currently pursuing a master's degree at Carnegie Mellon. I will graduate in July 2018.

Work Experience

Design Consultant | Zazzle
Jan ‘18 - present

Created a research plan to understand the motivations and behaviors of creative people, both amateurs and professionals; Currently prototyping concept ideas for new products and services at Zazzle.

Product Design Lead | California Academy of Sciences
Jun ‘16 - Jun ‘17

Launched the Academy’s first online learning program as the design lead of a 5-person team; Led professional development workshops for the customer-facing team; Helped grow the customer base to 1,500+ youth and 500+ educators in 15 states.

Curriculum Designer | IXL Learning
Aug ‘14 - Jun ‘16

Designed IXL’s science product as part of the content team; Drove product updates, such as new grading algorithms and interactives, for IXL Science; Built a product serving 1M+ customers and generating $1.2M+ in revenue in its first year.

Program Coordinator | New Scientist Program
Sep ‘13 - May ‘14

Led the mentorship program as the lead of an 8-person team; Recruited new mentors and drove weekly meetings; Provided mentorship and support to 100 undergrads.


Carnegie Mellon | Aug ‘18

Master of Human-Computer Interaction (intended)
GPA: 4.2

Brown | May ‘14

Bachelor of Arts, Geology-Biology
GPA: 4.0


Finalist, Student Design Challenge
Interaction Design Association

Recipient, Royce Fellowship
Brown University



contextual inquiry, surveys, affinity diagrams, scenarios, storyboards, personas, user journeys, wireframes, think alouds, usability testing


Adobe Creative Suite, Balsamiq, Sketch, Dialogflow, Unity, Storyline


HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java

po.bhattacharyya at gmail dot com | four oh one eight oh eight 9 seven 2 oh


I wasn't born a designer, but one thing led to another, and here we are.

  • 2002

    Kolkata, India

    In fourth grade, I began breeding budgerigars on my terrace. My first AOL name was birdmaniac222.

  • 2008

    Dublin, Ireland

    I traveled to Ireland on an exchange program. Europe was full of lovely ideas. I began to appreciate the role of technology in building a preferred future.

  • 2010

    Providence, Rhode Island

    I moved to the United States for college. At Brown University, I discovered a love for the outdoors, and I learned to be comfortable with uncertainty.

  • 2012

    Hoedspruit, South Africa

    I spent a summer leading wildlife safaris in the African bush. Upon my return to the U.S., I wrote a book.

  • 2013

    Providence, Rhode Island

    I won the Royce Fellowship for my work in science communication. My animation video "Suddenly Visible" was featured in NYT Science.

  • 2014

    San Mateo, California

    After graduation, I moved to the Bay Area with a job in ed tech. I helped build and launch IXL's science product, which now has over one million users.

  • 2016

    San Francisco, California

    I joined the California Academy of Sciences as a product design lead. I designed the Academy's first online learning platform and helped expand its educator network to 15 U.S. states.

  • 2017

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Last year, I began a masters program in human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon.

  • 2018

    Lyon, France

    My team won the second prize in the Student Design Challenge at IxDA 2018. Check out our concept video here.


I write to capture experiences and codify knowledge, and also because it's fun.