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Hi, I am Karishma Dotia

I am an avid learner, team player, hard worker and risk taker.


I have represented my college, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), at international summits, most notably the Biodesign Challenge 2018 at the MoMA, where my team was among the top eight finalists from teams participating from 27 different universities around the world. I have also collaborated with government bodies to work on design solutions concerning public health and environmental problems.

Besides designing, I am busy following my heart into traveling, tasting different cuisines, painting portraits, or imbibing new skills (Currently Mandarin, ni hao!). 

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A summoning system designed for restaurants in Chicago, which helps servers know when patrons need attention.

Designed using qualitative research, user testings, and iterative improvements, the product reduces physical and mental stress in the servers’ routine. It also improves the patron experience by reducing interruptions in the dining.

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27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed in the US alone and they are flooding the landfills.


Wee Grow is a service design that will empower people to ensure that the steps they take to take care of the environment are implemented. This project won the top 8 position at the Biodesign Challenge world summit 2018 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). 

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Collaboration with the government of Utrecht to design a citizen science project for improving public health.


How might we map health data for neighborhoods with the help of inhabitants of the province of Utrecht? A two weeks long design thinking summit in the Netherlands with cross- cultural collaboration seeks to address this challenge. 

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A qualitative research project on women's menstrual health.

Using human-centric design approach, two design concepts were developed to help reduce discomforts and stress associated with painful menstrual cramps.  

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A site specific intervention on the streets of Downtown Chicago aimed at smokers.


Thought provoking design based on research and observations for reducing cigarette butt pollution. Addresses the issue of cigarette butt pollution impacting public health.  

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Imagining Tomorrow

A budding designer with an entrepreneurial mindset, who leverages her problem-solving skills, user centric approach, and research into creating socially conscious designs. 

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