I am Nishita, a design researcher and visual designer from Mumbai,
India, currently based in New York City.
I strongly believe that there lies an innate strength in design to
facilitate social and ecological well-being. With the hope to put this
belief into practice, I am pursuing an MFA in Design for Social
Innovation at the School of Visual Arts, where I am examining ways
in which design can make healing more accessible to trauma
survivors for my thesis, alongside other projects.
My larger practice strives to center around care and is deeply rooted
in research. I find joy in unraveling the unobvious, the underlying
structures that shape culture, behaviors, and relationships, and those
that create nuanced interconnections within the larger ecosystems
that we inhabit. As a storyteller, I seek to only facilitate and not
actively partake in the voice of who's narratives I hold. I believe that
there is a need for these narratives to be shaped, owned, and perhaps
be reclaimed by those to whom they belong.
When not working, my weekends are spent pursuing patches of soil
in this concrete city, trying out zero waste recipes, and exploring illustrations and the written word.
WHAT'S KEEPING ME OCCUPIED THESE DAYS
Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and
Social Change, by Victor Papanek
Just finished reading:
Cities and Canopies: Trees in Indian Cities,
by Harini Nagendra and Seema Mundoli
How to Fight,
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Nurturing the wilderness by my window,
and journalling the changing seasons.
Documenting the day to day: 31 seconds of July 2020 | A second a day
A WORD OF GRATITUDE
I am grateful for your time and if you wish to know more about a project, connect further
or collaborate with me, please reach out to me!