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Mahima Chandak

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Mahima works as a Product Designer at Obvious, where she enjoys bringing in the human perspective into her work. She has experience in the fields of design research, interaction design and visual design.

Mahima completed her Master’s in Human Centered Design, with a focus on participatory and co-design methods. Previous to this, she worked towards women and child development in anganwadis and shelter homes. She has a background in Visual Arts, with a specialisation in Print Design. She is a strong advocate of following research-driven processes to help address complex problems.

Mahima understands the world in a way that very few do — for what it is, what it is not, and for what it could be. She's perennially armed with a proverbial magnifying glass, an observant mind that soaks up all learnings, and a bucketful of curiosity for good measure.

When asked why Mahima is a designer, she said:

It started off with me being interested in making things with my hands when I was younger — art, craft and everything along those lines. I initially dabbled in visual arts, followed that up with working for an NGO and I really liked the impact that I was able to create there. I wanted to merge the two and ask, "how can I create an impact with design creatively?" That's why I decided to come into design, and build products that create the best of both worlds.

Mahima is deeply inspired by: Reethika Kuruvilla, the founder of the NGO she earlier worked at, for defining leadership and leading with care, trust, and connectedness. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni & Arundhati Roy for their powerful articulation that weave critical topics within fiction, such that it grips, moves, and educates their readers. Savitribai Phule for her grit and determination in the systemic changes she made towards girl education against insurmountable odds of gender, caste, class, and literacy.

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Mahima's #BeyondTheObvious journey in her words is one that's just taken wings but has already started bearing fruits. Talk of quarantine cooking, bettering research skills, and strong female role models included.

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