I grew up in Delhi, the national capital of India where 5 women are raped and 8 molested everyday. Over the years I have come to know these numbers are a small fraction of the total cases that go unreported. I know this because I haven’t reported all my personal experiences either which are undeniably punishable. Amidst this ‘commonplace’ status of sexual violence in India, there is also a highly irresponsible visual representation of the people involving such cases. This is something that always troubled me, but was first vocalised by Mira Malhotra, a senior designer who called this out…
I hate it when writers start a factual article with a personal story. I’m here to find a recipe, why am I reading about your first boyfriend’s step-son? So, I’m getting right into it.
I’ve used a menstrual cup regularly for the last 2 years. And I absolutely absolutely swear by it. It has made my life 10x easier. But I can’t recommend it freely. Below I list why I think it’s a god-sent product and why I don’t think it’s for everyone.
Every day I try my best to
not pick on my skin,
not bite my lips too much,
not bite my nails,
sleep at least 7 hours,
take my medicine,
fix my chipping nail paint,
not compare myself to others,
limit social media,
get off the screen,
plan for the future,
get some sunlight,
get fresh air,
live in the moment,
believe in myself,
introspect my actions,
make a list,
follow that list,
try something new,
be emotionally aware,
say ‘no’ sometimes,
do what makes me happy,
take some time alone.
I’m almost certain my self-care routine is causing me stress.
You know the feeling when you know you enjoy something but don’t know when it qualifies as ‘your thing’? No? Maybe it’s just me. I have a hard time calling something ‘my thing’, especially when it’s as generic as writing.
I think I have to clarify right from the beginning, ‘my thing’ may not be what I’m best at, but what I prefer to do the most. I’ve found some things that I most definitely prefer over others, but I always hold back from letting them be a part of my identity.
I think I like to write.
As a UX challenge, a firm(that shall not be named) has been approached by a large college fraternity — NuMu — to design an interactive map for matriculating students.
They’d like users to search through colleges and universities around the world to see which NuMu chapter is located at any given school.
My Task: Translating given data spread (literally a colorful excel spreadsheet) into actionable insights for design.
A fraternity from Atlanta, GA who wants to create a unified locator platform for fraternities globally.
Create a holistic view of global fraternities while enabling a user to locate and contact a…
This is a WIP documentation of my Master’s thesis research on enabling politically stigmatised populations that currently have unequal access to healthcare. I am conducting my research through a case study on ‘A Women’s History of HIV in America.’ My focus is on the participatory development of digital tools that facilitate the remote collaboration for these women to self-publish their history. (As one might suspect from reading any further, my thoughts on the matter are likely to be scattered at the moment.)
1. How might invisible populations curate their own public history?
1.1 How can design enable invisible populations to…
I recently moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and have been researching adolescent sexual health and contraception. The story is incomplete without addressing the constant attacks on Planned Parenthood, the only abortion clinic in Cincinnati. To understand this, I began with a mini ethnography, where I observed the area for 3 hours and came back home with many more questions in my field diary. The activities of the day combined with a literature review of the topic helped dissect these attacks and also shared a new emerging argument on the pro-life side. I set aside my pro-choice stance and socialized with the…
As part of my thesis research, I am studying formal and informal channels of sex education. A major section of this article discusses the laws and requirements around sex ed in Ohio, purely because I’m currently located here and I chose to situate the project in my immediate surrounding. However, a comparative analysis is drawn nationally across different states as well.
The findings clearly establish the extraneous nature of sex ed and the loopholes in professing ‘Abstinence only’. The curricula are highly dependent on the discretion of the local committees which often fail in identifying the needs of their students…
Early findings through interviews
At this point in my thesis, I am reflecting on the relations between agency, race, gender and cultural perceptions toward contraception and how is their contribution weighed in the decision-making process. Through this study, I analyse and list several reasons for decision-making as encountered in the interviews, classified as Impulsive, Planned and Compulsive decisions. These are further discussed with each participant’s response as a case study to either support or contest another participant’s perceptions. …