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 design, spatial thinking, journalism, material research, and technology his process-oriented practice seamlessly combines traditional visual communication with new media, creative coding, and interactive visualisation to devise communication strategies that defy easy categorisation. A co-creation enthusiast, his frequent collaborations with academics, artisans, coders, and other experts result in enhanced engagement with content and context. Living somewhere at the confluence of design, research, technology, and art, Chhandak’s personal work draws on critical thinking, discursive design, new aesthetics, generative art, and post-digital craftsmanship. Chhandak uses data, words, audio, photographs, video, graphics, illustrations, electronics, algorithms, interactions, spaces, and diverse materials to create objects, experience, and speculations that trace entanglements, question assumptions, 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 . Portraits . Fashion & Architecture Photography . Photo Editing . Retouching
Cinematography . Video Editing . Colour Grading . Motion Graphics
Editorial Design . Corporate Design . Knowledge Visualisation . Information Design . Web & UI Design
Illustration . CAD . Digital & Physical Fabrication . Exhibition Design
Art Direction . Curation . Curriculum Development

 

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

COURSES TAUGHT

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

AWARDS & HONOURS

2019
- Zürcher Hochschule der Künste-Avina Projektfonds für Studierende: Dossier Internationales—Recipient

2012
- Sony World Photography Awards: Save The Children Photo Competition—Finalist
- MFI Yes Bank National Press Photo Contest: Art and Culture—Honourable mention
- World Press Photo: The Joop Swart Masterclass—Nomination

2011
- Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines— Full Fellowship
- Forward Thinking Museum: JGS Quarterly Photography Contest—Winner (Third Quarter)
- Media Foundation of India National Press Photo Contest: Daily Life, Singles—Honourable mention

2009
- Angkor Photo Workshop—Attendee as one of the 29 emerging photographers from Asia

 

EDUCATION

- M.A. Communication Design / Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK), Switzerland [2019, expected]
- PG Diploma. Photojournalism / Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines [2012]
- M.A. Mass Communication and Journalism / University of Calcutta, India [2008] 
- B.Com. (Honours). Accounting and Finance / Goenka College of Commerce, India [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
Vectorworks . Fusion 360 . Meshmixer . Cinema 4D . Keyshot
Final Cut Pro . DaVinci Resolve . Aftereffects
Audition . Logic Pro
Excel . Tableau . Scriviner . Keynote 

 

PROGRAMMING

HTML . CSS . Processing . Max MSP