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.