I'm Aditi Bhandari and I'm a junior at Northwestern University studying journalism and design (with a dash of gender studies)! I'm currently the Digital Projects Editor for In Our Nature magazine and a student fellow at the Knight Lab.
I like to write and produce multimedia stories, but code and UI/UX design is what I'm most excited about. If you like creative storytelling, homemade chai or critically consuming pop culture, we should probably be friends.
As the Digital Product Manager for the North By Northwestern quarterly print magazine, I worked with a team of designers to adapt the print magazine for an online audience. I designed, and created web-exclusive content for, stories about:
Check out the Spring 2015 mag too.
"The Flux" was the central theme of the Advanced Interactive Storytelling and Design class I took last spring. My group reported on the different perceptions towards HIV/AIDS across generations of gay men using their personal narratives.
I've been working on Learn.KnightLab since I joined the Lab as a student fellow this year. It's a cool way for journalism students to learn how to code hands-on through projects and tutorials.
This October, I went to a women's hackathon at USC Annenberg, about immersive VR storytelling. My group's pitch received an honourable mention and the judges called the website I built a "cool website".
Creating content for Northwestern's premier environmental publication has involved writing a crafts column on transforming your trash and illustrating animal mating rituals. I've also written about (and live-tweeted) Bill Nye's visit to campus, and about water conservation awareness efforts.
Ever wanted to know how to make a Commedia dell'arte mask? Check out this video I made for one of my journalism classes.
In the spring of 2014, the Jones Fine and Performing Arts Residential College was preparing for its new residents. I created this video to welcome them to their new home.
The Residential College Board held a Field Day event in the spring of 2014 and held a competition between the 11 participating dorms. This is the trailer I made for Jones Residential College, which won the competition and earned us 50 points.
I took a journalism class on Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities and produced this audio clip as part of a larger series on Native American Narratives in Chicago. Listen to what is means to grow up as a Native American in Chicago.
At the SNDMakesCHI invitational based on creating communities around games and journalism, my team prototyped a game called Mirror, Mirror. You're assigned an anonymous character and must navigate social situations, using contextual clues to eventually guess your identity, thus revealing you own unknown biases.
For my Psychology class on presenting data and ideas, we had to take some data and plot it concretely (e.g. bar chart) and abstractly (like this randomizer). Click through to see some of the crazy things you could get for $64,018.
When I was elected the Historian of my dorm in Spring 2015, I decided to revamp our website and create a social media presence on Twitter and Tumblr that residents could follow for updates and media. The website I designed won awards for Best Website and Most Improved Website from the Residential College Board, and the social media pages are now run by the current Historian.
The design process sometimes seems like a drag, but it can help you save time and create a well-developed project! And here's the kicker; you're probably already following the process in your daily life.
I've been using Sublime Text for about a year now. Here's some tricks and tricks I've accumulated over time to make my coding more efficient (and hopefully yours too)!
In October 2015, I attended a hackathon on immersive VR journalism. Here's a talk I gave one week later with my friend Eunice about what we took away from a weekend of learning about VR.
I attended the very first She Hacks Chi hackathon dedicated to closing the gender gap in STEM fields. My group pitched "Finding Ruby Neutrino," a quest-based computer game with challenges inspired by various STEM fields.