Hi! 

I am a mission-driven designer, currently pursuing a Master's degree in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts, in NYC.  

 Although I grew up in the United States, I moved to India when I was 12 and that was when I first started noticing the humans around me. Not just their difficulties, but also their small joys and experiences - their stories. This led me to use design as a lens; a small way to look at the big things around me.

With my Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design and my experience as a UX Researcher, I am on a mission to use design as a way for enablement. I see the world around me in systems, but more importantly, I see the world around me in interactions and stories. 

I am currently interested in applying the design research process and storytelling to unravel complex social issues - specifically in the areas of civic engagement, education, gender justice, and healthcare. These past two years in NYC, I have been exposed to various opportunities in the space of social innovation; from teaching 1st graders in Brownsville, to working at the Mayor's Office of Economic Opportunity, to most recently - being a part of the exciting beginning of The Future Company. I am also the co-founder of Hatke, a start-up promoting artisans, and aiming to bridge the cultural bridge between the East and West through fabrics. 

When I'm not covered in post-its or people-watching, I can usually be found immersed in a book, or wandering the streets of New York in sheer amazement. Want to muse over the power of design? Let's talk!

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rutvigupta94@gmail.com