Vijay Chakravarthy, IDSA

Vijay Chakravarthy, IDSA
Lead Service Designer | Philips

Vijay Chakravarthy is an Industrial Designer whose career has evolved into the multidisciplinary design space. With 16+ years of experience, his focus is on leading teams and crafting meaningful product and service experiences. His work spans a range of sectors, including healthcare, lifestyle, transportation and design education. He has a record of delivering successful, award-winning products and solutions in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

A global citizen at heart, he has lived and worked in India, Australia, Italy and the United States. His talks have been featured at conferences by TEDx, IXDA and IDSA. He currently works with Philips in Seattle, where he is setting up the Service Design practice that bridges the worlds of Industrial Design and Service Design.

Statement of Candidacy

Vijay has a deep passion for Industrial Design and the design community. Having served as the Chapter Chair of the Western PA (2012-14) and NYC (2015-17) chapters, he was also the District Chapter Representative for IDSA's Northeast District (2017-19), and served on the nominating committee for the IDSA Board of Directors during his tenure as the Northeast DCR. Under his leadership, the chapters in the Northeast District have seen a marked increase in member engagement, sponsorship and notable events.

Vijay's key focus in this role would be to empower the chapters to be more relevant to the local community and members. He would champion better ways of understanding the people, businesses and educational institutions we aim to serve at the local level. Each chapter is different, and equipping chapter leaders with tools and information to better define their audiences will be the first step. Building on this, Vijay would advocate for tools and support that will reduce the learning curve for chapter volunteers to organize relevant engagement activities. Vijay would draw on his prior experiences as a chapter leader while bringing the service and experience design lenses into this role.