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Interview with Nikita Chandekar

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Nikita Chandekar (NC) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Nikita Chandekar by clicking here.

Interview with Nikita Chandekar at Monday 14th of April 2014
Nikita Chandekar
FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
NC: Yes i had always been creative as a kid. I was interested in product design hence i first completed my graduation in electronics engineering and then completed masters in product design so i could learn what goes inside a product as well as the aesthetics of it.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
NC: I am currently doing my masters in product design from MIT institute of design.

FS: What is "design" for you?
NC: Design is a way of simplifying life.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
NC: I like designing medical equipment as well as user interaction designs.

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
NC: a zipper is a classic design which i like.

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
NC: I am currently a student.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
NC: A pencil and my markers.

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
NC: Ideas come to me anytime, when i am driving or i am having a "chai".

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
NC: Problem solving and technology.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
NC: Excitement

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
NC: Satisfaction and happiness.

FS: What makes a design successful?
NC: Its need and impact on life.

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
NC: The need is the most important part of a design. A design can be considered great only if it solves a problem.

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
NC: as a designer whatever i design has a huge impact on the environment as it involves stakeholders, material , and money. So design should be responsible.

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
NC: Future of design is "clean and simple"

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
NC: none

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
NC: Observation of my surroundings.

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
NC: Problem solving.

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
NC: I am an Indian. And my cultural heritage has a huge influence on the way i design. I have to keep in mind the huge variations of social and economic classses of people when i design anything.

FS: How do you work with companies?
NC: I am currently looking for an internship.

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
NC: They should look for a person who gives them an all new angle of solutions.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
NC: Its includes extensive research, ideation and prototyping.

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
NC: Phone.

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
NC: Its simple.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
NC: Always be observant.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
NC: none.

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
NC: As Steve Jobs quoted "Stay hungry Stay foolish"

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
NC: Observation

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
NC: A vernier calliper

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
NC: I can manage my time well.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
NC: It depends on the product.

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
NC: None

FS: What was your most important job experience?
NC: I am currently a student

FS: Who are some of your clients?
NC: I am currently a student

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
NC: I like ideation

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
NC: I am looking for a 6 month internship. I am looking for firms abroad. Kindly contact me if there is an opportunity.

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
NC: both.

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
NC: None

FS: How can people contact you?
NC: my mail id is- nikita.chandekar@mitid.edu.in i would like to hear from you.

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
NC: Thank you. That will be all.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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