About

Chhandak Pradhan is an interdisciplinary designer and educator based between Switzerland and India using data, words, audio, photography, video, graphics, algorithms, and spaces as well as diverse materials to create objects, interactions, and experience.

BIOGRAPHY

Chhandak Pradhan [b. 1985] is an interdisciplinary designer and educator based between Switzerland and India. Driven by journalism, design research, and spatial thinking he explores new media, creative coding, and interactive visualisation to devise communication strategies that defy easy categorisation. His frequent collaborations with academics, artisans, coders, and various other experts result in enhanced engagement with content and context.

Living somewhere at the confluence of design, research, art, and technology, his personal work navigates the contemporary practices of new aesthetics, generative art, speculative design, and post-digital craftsmanship. He uses data, words, audio, photographs, video, graphics, algorithms, spaces, and diverse materials to create objects, interactions, and experience that trace entanglements and reveal the unseen.

 

CLIENTS & PUBLICATIONS

BBC, Financial Times, Le Monde, Forbes, Marie Claire, British Council, Deutsche Bank, ThyssenKrupp AG, Stop TB [Italy], Save The Children [UK], Rotary International, BBC Good Food, Open Magazine, Femina, Elle Decor, Asian Paints, Without A Trace [Sweden], American Jewish World Service, The Indian Express, The Times of India, The Telegraph, Digital Photographer [Philippines], Yale Journal of International Affairs

 

COMPETENCE

Financial Journalism . Interviews . Copy Editing . Translation [Hindi / Bengali / English]
Reportage . Fashion & Architecture Photography . Portraits . Photo Editing . Retouching
Cinematography . Video Editing . Colour Grading . Motion Graphics
Editorial Design . Information Design . Web Design . Prototyping . Illustration
Volumetric Imaging . CAD . Digital & Physical Fabrication . Art Direction
Curriculum Development . Knowledge Visualisation . Curation . Exhibition Design

 

TEACHING

Sept - Dec 2018
B.A. Design, Visuelle Kommunikation / Zürcher Hochschule der Künste [ZHdK]

July 2014 - Feb 2018
B. Des. in Fashion Communication / The National Institute of Fashion Technology [NIFT], Kolkata

Dec 2014
Documentary photography workshop in Calcutta with Alex Masi / WorkshopX

 

COURSES TAUGHT

Photography . Lighting . Retouching . DSLR Cinematography . Editing
Visual Literacy . Art Appreciation . Visual Culture . Perception and Aesthetics . Critical Thinking for Designers
Presentation Techniques . Entrepreneurship, IP Rights & Financial Management for Freelance Designers

AWARDS & HONOURS

2012
- Sony World Photography Awards : Save The Children Photo Competition- Finalist
- MFI Yes Bank National Press Photo Contest - Honourable mention, Art and Culture
- Nominated for World Press Photo's The Joop Swart Masterclass

2011
- Fellowship to study Photojournalism at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
- Forward Thinking Museum : JGS Quarterly Photography Contest- Third quarter winner
- Media Foundation of India National Press Photo Contest- Honourable mention, Daily Life [Singles] 

2009
- Invited for Angkor Photo Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia as one of the 29 emerging photographers from Asia

 

EDUCATION

- M.A. Design, specilazisation in Communication / Zürcher Hochschule der Künste [2019, expected]
- PG Diploma. Photojournalism / Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines [2012]
- M.A. Mass Communication and Journalism / University of Calcutta [2008] 
- B.Com. Honours in Accounting and Finance / University of Calcutta [2006]

 

TRAINING

- Research Assistant / Prof. Steve Raymer, Indiana University [Jan 2009 - Jan 2012]
- Diploma in Database Programming / WEBEL [April - Sept 2006]

 

SOFTWARE SKILLS

Photoshop . Lightroom . Indesign . Illustrator . XD
Sketch-up . Cinema 4D . Vectorworks . AutoCAD . Keyshot
Final Cut Pro . DaVinci Resolve . Aftereffects . Touchdesigner
Audition . Logic Pro
Excel . Tableau . Scriviner . Keynote 

 

PROGRAMMING

HTML . CSS . Processing . Max MSP