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Welcome to ADDesign, my creative studio.

I'm a Stanford product designer on a career mission to take a leap forward for humankind.

 

Here's my growing collection of inventions and engineering projects - let me know if you make any of them yourself!

No problem is too big or small for me – if you are looking for a creative solution for a pain point in your life, I'd love to hear from you & help. Reach out to me (adinakar@alumni.stanford.edu)

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Inventions

  • Armor : a secure, analog medical record on your wrist for health emergencies in environments without internet.

  • Beatclipse : a cosmic-themed loveseat that transforms into an eclipse when the heartbeats of users sync up.

  • Frictionless : a spinning foot massage robot.

  • Glowbes : adorable orbs to keep you company in the dark.

  • IV Stand Base : protecting patients from foot injuries / bruises. 

  • Jellyfish : a nanosuction LED lamp that sticks to any wall.

  • LED Suit : an LED-themed remix of the Iron Man suit, complete with lasers & an in-built speaker system.

  • Moonwalk : a haptic prosthetic sensor for individuals with nerve damage.

  • Ostomy Travel Bag : making public restrooms less of a nightmare

  • Stradavinci : a prosthetic designed to help musicians bow a stringed instrument, simply by flexing their toes.

  • Terrain : shape-shifting surface, responsive to location-pressure.

  • Tidal Power Generators : unique ways to capture renewable energy from crashing waves.

  • Vibraflowthe first modular, fully-customizable, 3D-printed electric violin.

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Writing

I love writing about design, entrepreneurship, & creativity. 

Creative Current50 Ideation Techniques to Spark Your Lightbulb. (Amazon)

Intentional Living :  A guide to using the design mindset to improve your living space & community. (Amazon)

Will You Play With Me? : A children's book on empathy & inclusivity for individuals with disabilities. (Amazon)

The Top 30 Things I Learned at Stanford : Snippets of knowledge & golden rules from my undergraduate experience, from the perspective of a designer. (LinkedIn)

Tasting Clouds : My mini-book of original poetry. (Amazon)

The Exhibition : A handpicked original short story from my collection. (Short Story)

I Scream : An original poem. 

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On the personal side :

I'm now a Californian, but I had an incredible midwestern childhood and am a happy product of Kansas public schools. If I'm not in design-studio mode, you'll likely find me sketching architectural blueprints, recording classical/pop/rnb electric violin, writing short-story mysteries, hanging rim on the basketball court, cooking really spicy Asian food, or going on an urban adventure (check out these concrete slides!). 

What I'm currently up to :

Tangible Teleportation, creating magical tech products that let distance-separated couples & families feel physically present with far-away loved ones.

Climate / Sustainability-focused Research & Activism – I've spent the past 3 years completing a self-study in climate / sustainability.

 

In addition to volunteering with Citizens' Climate Lobby & the Sunrise Movement, I've WWOOFed on a farm and spent a month living in Copenhagen (the "climate capital" of the world), where I interviewed a dozen climate experts + environmental activists.

 

I'm providing design / strategy guidance for a couple different climate startups, as well as using generative AI to imagine a more equitable, regenerative future for America (check out Imagine.Climate). And I've been dabbling in tidal power!

A few notable initiatives I've led in the past:

NYO-U, the first open-access music education platform for aspiring classical musicians, which I founded in partnership with Carnegie Hall.

• The Stanford Flashmob Orchestra, a group that serendipitously performed arrangements of pop songs and other well-known tunes to spread delight.

 

FroSoHappy, a movement within college dorms to spread joy. 

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