Vikram Kalidindi



I am a designer, maker and digital tinkerer based in Detroit, Michigan.

Curiosity in multiple fields of research has led me to fuse disparate elements in unconventional ways to form a practice that straddles both design and art. My works have ranged from two dimensional interfaces for screens to large scale augmented reality encounters that envelope and transport the viewer to alternate worlds.

I graduated with a B. Design degree specializing in Product Design. I use this background as a framework to connect interactive technology, physical making and storytelling. Currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 4D Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art, my daily studio experiments use embedded electronics, code, artificial intelligence and data as media to fuel and support my practice.

My projects act as a phygital inquiry into the implications surrounding the ways in which emergent technology affects our methods of expression, communication, and assimilation across divisions in a fractured yet connected digital world.

By manufacturing interactive fragments pulled from the near future, I’d like to explore how we can challenge our current understanding, relationship with, usage and response to technology, and the new roles it may occupy in our lives and society.

Skills

Mock ups (physical and digital) and functional prototyping
AutoCAD / Rhino3D / Keyshot Fusion / SketchUp / 3D Printing
XD / Sketch 

Ideation and Conceptualisation
Sketching / Rendering / Mapping
Form / Material Exploration  Research CMF / Ergonomics

Programming / Electronics
Processing / C++ / Java / HTML
Arduino

3D Animation
After Effects / Maya / 3DSMax
Cinema 4D / Photogrammetry / Unreal

Design / Illustration
Adobe Creative Suite / Affinity Suite



Education


Cranbrook Academy of Art
Detroit, Michigan
MFA in 4D Design (Tangible Interactions)

2020-Present

National Institute of Design
Ahmedabad, India
Bachelors in Product Design

2015-2020

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
New Media / Rapid Prototyping
Exchange

2017

Royale Concorde International School, Kalyan Nagar
Computer Science +
Physics / Math / Chemistry
High School (CBSE)



Interests


Music / Drums / Cooking / My Dog Flight Simulator / Beat Saber / RC Toys

Recognition


2017 Endeavour Cheung Kang
Scholarship Award Recipient



Experience


Student Council, NID
Exchange Coordinator
Talk/Outreach Coordinator

Experience Designer
Mindtree Limited

Graduation Project
Adobe Systems

Design Lead
Nag Digital Services (defunct)

Summer Intern
Moonwalkr Inc, Bangalore

Summer Intern
CForCat, Bangalore

Freelance
Branding and marketing materials for JustBooks LLC



Connect


Instagram 
vikram.kalidindi @ gmail.com 
LinkedIn