Aneesha Sharma PhD

Aneesha Sharma is a Designer and Researcher working in the area of creativity and self-transformative creative experiences (A-ha moments in creativity). In her present research, she is investigating creative experiences (A-ha moments) of Artists from the perspective of Cognition and Neuroscience in collaboration between NIMHANS and NIAS, Bangalore.

At present, Aneesha Sharma is working at National Institute of Design (NID) as Associate Senior Faculty in the discipline of Information Design (Big Data Vizualization). She is also Adjunct Faculty at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore


Academic Qualifications


PhD, Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT-Bombay


M.Des (Visual Communication), Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT-Bombay


B.F.A (Applied Arts), Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai


1984-1992: National Scholarship for Drawing and Painting from Department of Culture, Government of India.
Guru-Shishya: (Master-Apprentice) Scholarship for children gifted in the Arts from age 10-18.


2006-2012: IDC, IIT-Bombay
First Inter disciplinary Doctorate in Design awarded at IIT-Bombay
Topic: 'Phenomenon of letting go in Visual Arts and Design: Exploration into self-transformative creative experiences'
Supervisors: Prof. Poovaiah (IDC, IIT-Bombay) and Prof. Sangeetha Menon (NIAS, Bangalore)

Area of work: Creativity and Innovation, Experiences of creation, Phenomenology of Self-transformation, Art and Design.


Areas of Research Interest:
Philosophy and Psychology of Creativity, Creativity and Innovation, Creative and Aesthetic experiences, Cognitive Neuoscience of Creativity, Qualitative Research Methods,



  • A Heuristic Inquiry into the phenomenon of ‘letting go’ in creative process of designers, Qualitative Research on Illness, Wellbeing and Self-Growth: Contemporary Indian Perspectives, (Pp: 182-201), edited by Dr.Kumar Ravi Priya and Dr.Ajit K. Dalal,  Routledge, ISBN: 978-1-13-802037-5 (2014) (Peer Reviewed)


  • Investigation of Creative Experience of Creator and Aesthetic Experience of Viewer in Design, Research into Design: Supporting Sustainable Product Development(Pp: 631-38), ed. Chakravarthy, A., Research Publishing, Singapore, ISBN: 978-981-08-7721-7 (2011) (Peer Reviewed)


  • Investigating the experience of ‘letting go’ in creative process of designers, Research into Design: Supporting Multiple Facets of Product Development (Pp.86-93), ed. Chakravarthy, A., Research Publishing, Singapore, ISBN: 978-981-08-2277-4 (2009) (with Ravi Poovaiah) (Peer Reviewed)



Work Experience

Total Experience:  14+ years

Teaching Experience: I have a total of 4 years of teaching experience

June 2015-present

Associate Senior Faculty, Co-coordinator, Information Design, National Institute of Design (NID), Bangalore

2014- present:

Adjunct Faculty, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore


Senior Faculty, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore


Adjunct Professor, Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID), Pune


Professional Experience: I have more than 14 years of experience of practice in the Design Profession


Branding and UX Design Consultant, AneeshaSharmaDesign


Visual Designer, National Informatics Centre, New Delhi


Web Designer, Rediff on the Net, New Delhi


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