Vijay Chakravarthy, IDSA

Vijay Chakravarthy, IDSA
Lead Service Designer

Industrial designer and self-described "globe trotter" Vijay Chakravarthy, IDSA's award-winning work has been exhibited at the Spark Exhibit, Autodesk Design Gallery in San Francisco, Guandong Design Week 2013 and the AutoExpo India in 2008 and 2010. He's worked with manufacturers and design consultancies on projects ranging from brand research and product design to healthcare, digital sculpting and transport design. 

His knowledge and appreciation of international cultures and values was influenced strongly by having worked and studied in Australia, Italy, India and the United States. "Every place and culture I have come across makes me realize that there is only more to know, explore and learn. I feel borders and world orders are forced upon us by ourselves and it's not always to our benefit," says Chakravarty. "As a designer, this experience has made it easier to empathize with people of various backgrounds, needs and aspirations. Also, the exposure helps me cross-pollinate ideas in my own head to come up with differentiated ideas."

He worked as a senior designer at Daedalus in Pittsburgh, then worked for Michael Graves Architecture and Design. In March 2017, Chakravarty joined DesignIt as a lead service designer. He also serves as a design thinking consultant for Princeton University. Chakravarty served as chair of IDSA's Western PA Chapter before becoming chair of IDSA NYC in 2016.

He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial design from the University of New South Wales, Sydney and a master's degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he first got involved with IDSA as a student in 2011.

Statement of Candidacy

I am honored to have been nominated for the Northeast District Chapter Representative position and am excited to announce my candidacy. I first got involved with the IDSA as a graduate student at the Savannah College of Art and Design and have since been part of various IDSA chapters over the last eight years. I have had the opportunity to serve as the chair of two of these chapters, the scale and nature of which are different, and I am glad to have partnered with various organizations and people, contributing to positive impact and chapter growth.

It is in our towns and cities, through events organized by local chapters, where the majority of the engagement between the design community and IDSA occurs. Also, it is at the level of the local chapter where the potential for continued long term impact of design advocacy is at its highest. I deeply care about this and I believe that the key to positive engagement is in nurturing strategic partnerships among design firms, institutions, practitioners and aficionados.

It is a great time to be a designer. So much is changing in the world today and the spotlight is beginning to shine on the power of design, its methods and the resulting opportunities. There is also no better time to get together as a community of designers, share our methods and values and thoughts. An informed and connected set of practitioners nurtures a vibrant and growing field of design. IDSA offers the opportunity to join the conversation, get inspired and grow as practitioners.

The DCR’s role is to nurture IDSA as a platform that will empower the voices of chapter members and partners and I would strive to make this so.