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My name is Kanhika. I’m a design researcher and artist from Mumbai and California, currently spreading my creative roots in Wellington, New Zealand.

For my day job — by listening to the stories people tell and observing them in their everyday, I identify and help them solve their problems. I design digital experiences, services, and products by keeping the people we're design for at the centre of the process.

My night passion is my art and craft work. Through my artwork, I urge people to slow down and pay attention to the little things in their lives — especially since so much of contemporary life focuses on spectacle. I mainly work with ethnography, performance art, and videography as my medium. I have recently gotten back to making jewellery and working with ceramics.

This website is a curation of the different work I enjoy doing.


EXPERIENCE DESIGN & RESEARCH

Te Papa  Museum | Conservation | User testing | Mobile App | NZ

Te Papa
Museum | Conservation | User testing | Mobile App | NZ

Geneo  Education | User research | Product strategy | Teachers platform | India

Geneo
Education | User research | Product strategy | Teachers platform | India

ACC Voice Assistant   Healthcare | Government | Sprint | Voice interface | NZ

ACC Voice Assistant
Healthcare | Government | Sprint | Voice interface | NZ

Ministry of Education New Zealand - coming soon  Education | Government | User research | Business case | NZ

Ministry of Education New Zealand - coming soon
Education | Government | User research | Business case | NZ

Airbus  Cabin experience | Prototyping and testing | Concept design | USA

Airbus
Cabin experience | Prototyping and testing | Concept design | USA

Chemist  Co-founder | Online dating | Start up | User research | Product strategy | USA

Chemist
Co-founder | Online dating | Start up | User research | Product strategy | USA

Blue Bottle Coffee  Retail experience | User research | Brand strategy | USA

Blue Bottle Coffee
Retail experience | User research | Brand strategy | USA

VirtuoUS  Financial education | NGO | User research | Systems design | USA

VirtuoUS
Financial education | NGO | User research | Systems design | USA

Rhombus Rumbles  Language learning for deaf children | User research | Product strategy | USA

Rhombus Rumbles
Language learning for deaf children | User research | Product strategy | USA

I Did  Co-founder | Up-cycling | Product design | Brand strategy | India

I Did
Co-founder | Up-cycling | Product design | Brand strategy | India

Starling  Early childhood learning | Start up | User research | Product strategy | NZ

Starling
Early childhood learning | Start up | User research | Product strategy | NZ

Lectures & Workshops

Lectures & Workshops

Airbnb  Brand audit | Product strategy | USA

Airbnb
Brand audit | Product strategy | USA


VISUAL DESIGN

Zariya

Zariya

Asha for Education | Stanford India Association

Asha for Education | Stanford India Association

Safety on Streets

Safety on Streets

Stanford Design Impact

Stanford Design Impact


CERAMICS & PRODUCT DESIGN

Pottery

Pottery

Jewellery

Jewellery

Silversmithing

Silversmithing

Ikebana Vase

Ikebana Vase

Educational Toy

Educational Toy

Crystal Clouds

Crystal Clouds

This & That

This & That

Just Mehfil

Just Mehfil

Our Box

Our Box


PERFORMANCE ART

Five Minutes

Five Minutes

Meet in the Middle

Meet in the Middle

Dictionary of Everyday Interactions

Dictionary of Everyday Interactions

Collaboration

Collaboration

Musing the Mundane

Musing the Mundane

New Medium Explorations

New Medium Explorations