• A few thoughts

    Me, Myself and Design

NIKITA KANADE

Strategic Design Thinker + Graphic AND UI, UX Designer

Design to me is all about putting down your thoughts in a simple, logical way to create something meaningful. I strongly believe simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. Exploring the world of design for past eight years has given me a lot of insights into the human psychology. It has always fascinated me how humans always end up joining the dots, creating meaning and expressing it in so many varied forms; be it visual, verbal or at times even non-verbal. The string of thoughts created by the varied patterns of human interpretations has always mesmerised me and never seems to fail to surprise me with every passing day.

Like any young professional, eager to taste what the world has to offer, I aspire to learn as may new things as I can and gather varied experiences that would enrich me to create a rich coat of life that would never fade away with the passing of time.

Apart from design, I love strong coffee, quiet places and roaming in the rain. Writing helps me put my thoughts into perspective.

Looking forward to a fun and challenging project working with your team.

BETWEEN SUMMER BREAKS

WORK EXPERIENCE

MICROSOFT, INDIA

MICROSOFT, INDIA

A 5 month self-initiated UI, UX design work post diploma project completion. Project on 'Reimagining graphics and visual styles for SmartArt in MS Office - Word, PowerPoint, Excel' undertaken.
Jan - May 2014

MONSOONFISH, PUNE

MONSOONFISH, PUNE

A 6 month diploma project UI, UX design internship at the end of 4th year of college. Conceptualised, established information architecture, and created interface and interaction design for a location based social sharing app.
Jul - Dec 2013

CONTRACT ADVERTISING, MUMBAI

CONTRACT ADVERTISING, MUMBAI

A 1 month graphic design internship at the end of 3rd year of college. Conceptualised and designed advertising campaign for Tara Pristinium Jewellery released across India in July 2012 along with logotype designs for its 12 collections.
Jun - Jul 2012

YUJ DESIGNS, PUNE

YUJ DESIGNS, PUNE

A 1 month visual design internship offered by visiting jury member from the industry at the end of 2nd year of college. Familiarised myself with the basics of print and digital media.
Jun - Jul 2011

 

 

MANJIRI DESHPANDE

MANJIRI DESHPANDE

UX DESIGNER / MICROSOFT, 2014

Nikita came to Microsoft armed with excellent visual and graphic design skills, an eye for detail and a complete willingness to learn and improve. She is very good at understanding the feedback in the right context and acting upon it. Apart from her main project, she also took up a couple of additional print design assignments. It was a pleasure working with Nikita.

SIDDHARTH KABRA

SIDDHARTH KABRA

Creative Head and Owner / Monsoonfish, 2013

Nikita is a great combination of unbound creative ideas and meticulous & sincere logic. She is quick to grasp the problem and come up with various approaches to solve it. Also a great taskmaster with a keen eye on her plan, she finishes what she starts. Great Ideas, logical execution, sincere and dedicated. Nikita is a gem of a person and has the ability to add value to any design team.

SALIL SOJWAL

SALIL SOJWAL

Creative Director / Contract advertising, 2012

Nikita spent one of the shortest months at Contract Advertising, Mumbai as a design intern. The time span was perhaps too short to reveal all of her prowess, but her potential certainly shone. She has a keen and analytical mind and very sound fundamentals. Her approach to any given task is what gives her an advantage. I wish Nikita all the very best.

BIPIN DAFTARDAR

BIPIN DAFTARDAR

Senior Visual Designer / YUJ Designs, 2011

During the jury session in MIT Institute of Design I liked Nikita's work and asked her to join as an intern for a very brief time. What I like the most is her sincerity towards a project and coming up with various options. I liked the way she presents her designs with a rationale and at the same time is open for feedback. I can see a strong professional creative personality in the making.

RAJENDRA THAKRE

RAJENDRA THAKRE

GRAPHIC DESIGN FACULTY / MIT INSTITUTE OF DESIGN, 2009-2014

Nikita is an extraordinary creative person. I have seen many examples of her talent and have long been impressed by her diligence and work ethic. She is able to successfully complete multiple tasks. As part of a semester project, she developed an innovative Branding, Identity Design, Publication Design and UI, UX Design. Quite a team player and obedient professional. Hence could prove to be an asset for any organization.

AWARDS

RECOGNITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

FEATURED IN CREATIVE GAGA MAGAZINE

FEATURED IN CREATIVE GAGA MAGAZINE

TYPOGRAPHY SPECIAL ISSUE
JAN - FEB 2014

WORLDSKILLS COMPETITION

WORLDSKILLS COMPETITION

NATIONAL LEVEL WINNER
MAR 2013

PUNE DESIGN FESTIVAL COMPETITION

PUNE DESIGN FESTIVAL COMPETITION

BATTLE OF DESIGN PROJECTS
JAN 2013

VOLKSWAGEN IDEOGRAPHY COMPETITION

VOLKSWAGEN IDEOGRAPHY COMPETITION

KIT DESIGN FOR NEW TRAINEES
OCT 2012