Nandini (Nanz) Nair is a designer from Aotearoa New Zealand

Design has the power to address some of the world's greatest challenges. A smartly designed experience, interaction, or compelling narrative has the power to transform people’s perceptions and behavior, and change systems. I believe in using this power for good. I’m a product and UX/UI designer with several years of experience in social and environmental impact projects across start-ups, social enterprises, government, and non-profits.

My passion lies in bringing clarity and meaning to ambiguity and complexity through thoughtful and well-crafted digital experiences. As a hands-on team player, I bring deep curiosity and reflection not only on what we design, but also, how we design it together. I play an active role in shaping a positive team culture with facilitation and participatory processes.

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Pronunciation & Pronouns: Nuhn-dih-nee Na-yer • She/her


Design Skillset

I bring a range of skills to any project from research, team process, design, and implementation.

As a senior designer, I...

→ Design across product, interface, experience, data visualization, and brand

→ Support agile development teams through research, design, and implementation

→ Facilitate workshops to build a shared understanding between stakeholders

→ Use design research & testing methods to understand user needs

→ Prototype user experiences and interfaces, and create design systems

→ Facilitate strategy and planning for product teams

→ Enable the sense-making process of complex systems

→ Build design capacity within teams and organizations

→ Teach and mentor upcoming designers

→ Tinker with code


I pride myself on being a curious T-shaped design generalist exploring many interests

The Commons: Solidarity Economy, Collectivism, Mutual Aid, Alternative Economics

Systems: Design Thinking for Complex Systems, Cybernetics, Transition Design

Sustainability: Climate Action, Behavior Change and Persuasive Strategies

Flourishing: Mental Health, Meditation & Mindfulness, Adaptive Mindsets, Meta-cognition

Design Justice: Decoloniality, Indigenous Tech, Racial Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Communities of Practice

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Design @ Carnegie Mellon University

collaboration interaction design

A graduate studio comprised of designers from around the world learning to critically think, make and practice design in the context of 21st-century challenges. Studiomate since 2019.

Design Justice Network

design justice social change

DJN is a global network of people and organizations who are committed to rethinking design processes so that they center people who are too often marginalized by design. Signatory since 2020.

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collectivism non-hierarchy micro-solidarity

A non-hierarchical collective of skilled people who practice new ways of working through experiments on group decision-making, collaborative budgeting, and facilitation. Contributor since 2012. •  Enspiral Tales

Design in Transition / Diseño en Transición

systems change transition design

Design in Transition is a podcast about designing for systems-level change toward more sustainable and equitable futures. Contributor since 2021.


solarpunk creative exploration

Social gathering of creative techies in Wellington exploring and experimenting with art, code, music, and crypto. Art hacker since 2016.


Professional experience

8+ years of design experience across tech, startups, social enterprises, freelance, academia

Interaction Designer • Kumu, 2021, USA - Remote

Graduate Instructor and Teaching Assistant • Carnegie Mellon, 2019 - 2020, NZ

Product Design Lead • CoGo - Connecting Good 2017 - 2019, NZ & UK


Freelance Designer • Present, New Zealand

UX/UI Designer • Ackama 2016 – 2017, New Zealand

Designer • Inspiring Stories Trust, 2014 – 2015, New Zealand

Social Innovator • Lifehack Labs, 2014, New Zealand

Designer-in-residence • Live the Dream, 2014, New Zealand

Contributor • Enspiral 2012 – 2017, New Zealand

Designer • Open Lab, 2011 – 2012, New Zealand


Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Teaching assistant for Interaction Design Seminar (2020)

Research Assistant for Transition Design Institute (2020)

Instructor for Communication Design Fundamentals (2019)

Massey University, New Zealand

Senior tutor & Guest Marker (2014 - 2016)


A lifelong learner

Masters of Design, Carnegie Mellon University (2022 expected)

Bachelor of Design (Hons), Massey University College of Creative Arts


Web Development Bootcamp, Enspiral DevAcademy (2019)

User Experience Design Masterclass, Peak Usability (2017)

Design Exchange Student, Nanyang Technological University


A little recognition



Best Award Finalist 2017: Together We Make a Nation

Best Award Bronze Award 2011: BLAST Conference

Best Award Bronze Award 2011: Asian Language Retention

Best Award Bronze Award 2011: Dulux Transformations


Ākina Bursary Recipient for Social Enterprise World Forum 2018 in Edinburgh

Exchange Students Travel Grant 2008

New Zealand Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards 2008

Massey University High Achievers Scholarship Art & Academics 2007


Visa's Everywhere Initiative 2017 – Finalist

GovJam Wellington 2015 – Most Viable ServiceGovJam

Climathon NZ 2015 Winner

ContriBeauty Infographic Design Winner, 2013, 2014

Say Hello or Kia Ora!

Currently, residing in Dionde:gâ, the Seneca language name for Pittsburgh, the ancestral lands of many indigenous peoples.