I have always grappled with the label — generalist. But lately, I have come to embrace it. A gentle generalist, I am no expert. Instead, I love inhabiting the in-between spaces and exploring the edges of all things unseen, unknown and dreamed in-between.
As an immigrant from India now living in California, I find myself inhabiting the space between two homes, sometimes belonging to both at once and other times never fully anchored to either. As a designer, my methods meander between product design and speculative design, often straddling the line between different disciplines. So in this session, I want to talk about what happens when you blur the boundaries, even if momentarily. Selfishly, I used this as a chance to reflect on my work, only to realize how exploring diverse curiosities and skills lets me use different lenses to reveal something new each time. I hope this session leaves you excited to explore the fringes and the spaces that lie in-between.
Kalyani is a designer cross-pollinating ideas across different disciplines. She designs objects, interactions, and rituals. Sometimes real, sometimes fictional. These days her work is focused on designing digital product experience, though her curiosity about futures and foresight has a tendency to sneak in. Kalyani is a fellow at the Next Generation Foresight Practitioners, where she is exploring systematic ways of engaging with uncertainty by exploring alternative futures. Her research focuses on using ordinary objects to unfold alternate histories and marginalized futures that otherwise remain in the unexplored nooks of our everyday world