SydDT #97: Designer: Lost & Found with Nirish Shakya

SydDT #97: Designer: Lost & Found with Nirish Shakya

We were lucky to have Nirish Shakya visiting from London for last week’s Sydney Design Thinking #97: Designer: Lost & Found. He shared some of what he’s learnt from interviewing 50+ designers, leaders, and changemakers about self-awareness, creative confidence, and meaning on his Design Feeling podcast… and a lot of reflections on his own journey and practice. The five key themes were:

  1. Pause and reflect
  2. Define your own success
  3. Prioritise joy over impact or money
  4. Let go a little
  5. Embrace uncertainty

Nirish shared so many great insights ranging from mindset and philosophy through to how he makes it real with his workflow and habits. He also used one of my favourite questions to anchor things… “what are you really curious about right now?”

It was a great turn out on a wet and stormy Sydney eve… a huge thanks to everyone who came and made it a fun night! Couldn’t make it or just want to relive it? Watch it now.

A massive thanks to Nirish and his wife Shivaun for coming and spending some time with us. It was awesome to hang out again mate, and great to meet you Shivaun. I loved finally having Nirish speak at SydDT and return the favour of being a guest on his Design Feeling podcast a couple of years ago.

Thanks to Thoughtworks and Dynamic4 for sponsoring it… and a photo credit to Edgar Anzaldua for a couple of the close up shots too – great to meet you mate… and the awesome sketchnotes by Ben Crothers.

Our next meetup is SydDT #98: Finding the HUMAN in HUMAN Centred Design on Thursday (11 Apr), which will build on a bunch of these themes in an interactive session. Grab your ticket now.

Lucas Mara has organised an interesting session with Bronwyn Sowden, Paul Hawkins, and Petra Williams… but unfortunately I’ll be missing this one because I’ll be having fun at Design Outlook Design Leadership.

Meetup Announcement

Thursday, 4 April 2024 @ 6pm. Thoughtworks, Sydney

We’re lucky to have Nirish Shakya visiting from London. Nirish is a design thinking consultant, educator, and coach. He’s also the founder and host of the Design Feeling Podcast. Come join us for some fun conversations with interesting people keen on design thinking.

Designer: Lost & Found

What I learned after interviewing 50+ designers, leaders, and changemakers about self-awareness, creative confidence, and meaning.

Us designers used to sell like hotcakes during the past decade, as more and more companies got on the bandwagon of human-centricity and design thinking. However, with the pandemic, AI, and subsequent industry-wide reorganisation, designers felt the rug pulled out from under their feet. Anxieties, burnouts, and layoffs have become all too common.

As the industry literally transforms before our eyes, you have a choice – stay at the mercy of your current system or take back agency of your wellbeing, life, and career and choose the system you want to belong to.

In this talk, designer, educator, coach, and founder of the Design Feeling Podcast, Nirish Shakya will share his top learnings from his interviews with 50+ designers, leaders, and changemakers globally. Using self-awareness techniques from his coaching experience, and spirituality from his Nepalese Buddhist roots, Nirish will also share practical tips to rediscover you, the human behind the human-centred designer, ensuring what you do aligns with who you are.

Nirish Shakya

Nirish Shakya is a Nepalese designer, educator, coach, and founder of the Design Feeling Podcast. Starting his tech and design career in Sydney almost 20 years ago, he has designed, led, and coached at multiple global brands, governments, and startups.

For the past 10 years in the big smoke in London, Nirish worked on multiple exciting design challenges but along the way lost the very human doing human-centred design – himself. Misaligned, burnt out, and lost, he started a new quest for self-awareness, creative confidence, and meaning.

He has been blending design thinking with self-awareness techniques from his coaching experience, and spirituality from his Nepalese Buddhist roots. His latest projects include the Design Feeling Podcast and the unThinking Space that helps designers and changemakers pause, reflect, and recalibrate.

Event Sponsors

A huge thanks to our sponsors for this event… Thoughtworks for hosting and Dynamic4.