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Nikeisha Nelson

MA work


How will our interactions change with technology as we begin to build models that understand us better than we understand ourselves? What are ways in which we can leverage the emerging technology to enhance our understanding of our bodies? The Quantified-Self Movement is our urge to know more and control more of our body’s health. V//SM (pronounced vee-sum) reads and replicates our body movement digitally, delivering visual feedback, which gives the user the ability to facilitate correction.

Efficient swimming demands highly technical biomechanics movement. Without adequate access to training facilities and coaches, it’s difficult for a swimmer to improve, and alternately can perpetuate bad habits. Taking the form of an app and an accompanying swim top, V//SM presents a 3D motion capture of the swimmer and details areas of accuracy and inaccuracy within a swimmer’s stroke. The ultimate goal is that as the swimmer aims to improve, so does V//SM at identifying the inefficient stages of your stroke. 

I'd like to acknowledge programming assistance provided by Mike Golembewski and Tom Deacon.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Products, 2018

  • Nikeisha Nelson is a multi-disciplinary designer exploring ways to improve our understanding of our body’s movement, while using textiles and technology to bridge new perspectives and enhance experiences.

  • Degrees

  • BFA Art & Design, University of Michigan, 2009
  • Experience

  • Senior Graphic Artist, Nike, HaddadBrand, New York, 2011-2016; Creative Direction, Wellvyl, New York, 2015-2016
  • Exhibitions

  • New York Fashion Week, 2012-2016; London Fashion Week, 2018
  • Awards

  • Gorman Annual Professional Development Prize, 2009; Lousie Palazzola Senior Award, 2009
  • Conferences

  • Guest Lecturer, Hofstra University, 2015