I help companies with design research, synthesis, and prototyping to find those insights that will amplify their designs and services. Additionally, I develop and lead interactive design thinking workshops, and I love using my hands to make things, especially out of wood and paper.
My name is Nihir ("knee-here"). I'm a design consultant currently based in San Francisco. I'm fascinated with cities—how we engage with them and how we engage with each other in them. Really, it has always been a curiosity of people—our cultures, built environment, politics, systems, realtionships, behaviors, and motivations.
"If you want to read about design, read about culture."
A mentor gave me that advice. Design is my enabler, a convenient excuse to be a part of people's lives and explore the things that interest me. I’ve been fortunate to live all around the world throughout my life, and those experiences are part and parcel to my design philosophy and approach. My talent is in metaphorical thinking, to help investigate, understand, and reframe challenges, as well as inspire ideas for solutions.
My training and focus are on design thinking, systems thinking, the built environment, design futures, and the opportunities and challenges of urbanism. I have worked with IBM Design, the Stanford d.school, Fidelity Investments, Airbus, and the UAE Ministry of Education. I hold a Master’s degree from the Stanford Design Program, followed by a Teaching Fellowship at the d.school where I co-developed award-winning curriculum, which focused on the underlying fundamentals of creative collaboration.
Before all of that, unsatisfied with a career in Marketing, I decided to erase my etch-a-sketch, so I quit my job and set out to pursue dreams of hiking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago, studying kung fu in China, and practicing flamenco music in Madrid. During this year of adventuring around the world, I identified my resonance with design, so I returned to the US, designed furniture for a studio in Austin, Texas, and eventually came to San Francisco.
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