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Global Innovation Design (MA)

Malvika Bhasin

I’m Malvika, a humanity-centred designer exploring the role of design in health and wellness. My creations find expression at the intersection of design and technology to create meaningful and evidence-based solutions through innovative interactions, products and services. 


2017-18: User Experience Designer - Deloitte Digital
Here, I've created interfaces for Fortune 500 companies, USA's State Department and designed an accessible kiosk application catering to the blind for a global food chain.

2016: Product Designer - Lucid Design India Pvt. Ltd


2018-20: MA/MSc Global Innovation Design - Royal College of Art & Imperial College London

2012-17: BA Product Design - MIT Institute of Design

Awards, Exhibitions & Events

2020: Speaker, GID Symposium, Imperial College London

2020: DE Summer Show, Dyson School of Engineering, Imperial College London

2020: WIP Show Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London 

2019: GID Showcase, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2019: The Great Exhibition Road Festival [Nari], London 

2019: GID Exhibition, Tsinghua University, Beijing

2019: PVC Redesigned Competition [Nari], London 

2019: Developing World Menstrual Cup, Reuters 

2019: Grand Challenge Winner [Nari], CERN, Geneva x Royal College of Art, London


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Degree Details

School of Design

Global Innovation Design (MA)


LightHouse has been extremely well received by all the stakeholders, ranging from cancer patients, survivors and supporters to doctors and therapists.
I am looking to take the project forward and witness it touch the lives of people who need it most. If you are interested in partnering or collaborating for it's future development, email 


"Ideas are a dime a dozen. It's only when they're translated into reality and reach the people they're intended to help that they actually start to change lives."

My work is driven by human centred design nurtured by empathy, intentionality, and mindfulness. My approach is to focus broadly on cross-sector and multidisciplinary efforts to deliver meaningful and evidence-based solutions. After spending the last 2 years in London, Beijing, Singapore and India, I am certain that I thrive on diversity to expand my understanding of humans, cultures and the extent of disciplines intertwined with design.  

Through this program, I learnt an incredible amount beyond design skills. I observed myself evolving as an individual, and therefore as a designer. I now find myself passionate about creating meaningful experiences and optimistic about the role of design in shaping a better future. 

LightHouse App — An engaging tool to facilitate social support between cancer patients and survivors through conversations, gratitude practices and playful interactions.
The cancer journey is a physically and mentally exhausting one where social support is extremely significant in contributing to one’s quality of life. Patients often find hope in survivors and survivors find belonging in contributing with their stories, but many never get to experience this connection.

A mobile phone based social interactions open up the possibility of connecting cancer survivors and patients globally to cater to the psychosocial and emotional aspects of cancer.


Jan - June 2020 (6 Months)
behaviour changechangeCommunityDigitalHealthHealth and WellbeingHealthcareInnovationMedical DesignMental HealthSocial Impactwellbeing

Product description for 'Home'

Product description for 'Connect'

Product description for 'Fun'

LightHouse screens

LightHouse is an engaging tool to facilitate social support between cancer patients and survivors through conversations, gratitude practices and playful interactions.

The app connects those who understand the cancer journey using features of Posts: Group Chat Filters, Journal: Practice Gratitude, Pursuits: Discrete Expression, Connect: Intimate Interaction and Fun: Build Friendships.


Jan - June 2020 (6 Months)

Brainstorming — From the start of the project till the end, this wall has been my canvas to sort relevant information and acts as a funnel to the broad question of "What is the journey of cancer treatment like for patients?"

User journey map — After conducting research in Singapore, Mumbai and London, the findings from interviews with participants was translated in this journey map with identified pain points throughout the process.

Information architecture


LightHouse community

LightHouse community

By combining user-centred design methods with a focused literature review, the decisions leading to LightHouse spanned across 3 months. Interviews with current cancer patients and survivors revealed that current methods of online social support throughout the cancer trajectory are insufficient and lacking as most of them start and end with a group chat. Qualitative and quantitative semi structured interviews combined with recommendations for post traumatic growth informed the features of the final design outcome. Series of brainstorming sessions were followed by creating an information architecture and wireframes which were reiterated after discussions with the stakeholders and experts. The usability of the app was evaluated through video recorded think aloud observations and contextual enquiry.


Jan - June 2020 (6 Months)
Nari — A menstrual cup sanitiser for rural India

Product description

User journey map — Mapping the journey and pain points of a woman in rural India throughout her menstrual cycle

Product components

Filter details

Service map — Explaining the touch points of the service that supports the product

The Grand Challenge Exhibit at the Royal College of Art

The Grand Challenge Exhibit at the Royal College of Art

Menstrual cups aren’t marketed to rural India due to the importance of clean water for reuse. How might we open up that market by providing a low-cost menstrual cup sanitisation device designed for women to clean safely and subtly, on-the-go?
Nari is a menstrual cup sanitiser that uses nanotechnology to filter water. The device is made of standard PVC piping which allows the device to be produced anywhere, creating job opportunities for local communities.
Using hollow fibre nanotech filtration, Nari’s sanitisation helps reduce the rate of infections from cleaning with contaminated water. We partner with menstruation education programs in India to provide the holistic approach necessary to make menstrual cups available to a larger number of women, hence reducing waste, cost, shame and school attrition in the process.


Hollow fibre filter, pvc pipes


Dec 2018 - Jan 2019 (4 Weeks)

In Collaboration with:

Service Design
Design Products
Intelligent Mobility
Fashion Design
29 July 2020
14:00 (GMT + 0)

Global Innovation Design Graduates present: Global Health

Join us for a discussion on design projects within the Healthcare sector.
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