The Shiva Project
The rational and emotional balance of design as a practice intrigues me. This blog is a rather inconsistent attempt at sharing my experiences in finding this equilibrium.
  • Thirst-day Exhibit 17: Apple, I and the GUI

    Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future. – Steve Jobs In the early eighties, small town India like my hometown had not seen computers. The closest that you came to one was when you went to book a train ticket. It was behind […]

  • Photo Story: The Portrait of Gangtok

    There is unrest at Indo-China border in the North East and agitations at West Bengal border in South. There are no visible solutions yet and this has left Sikkim worried. And I think about my trip to Gangtok. I had never been to the North East of India till I visited Sikkim in May 2017. […]

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 16: The Broken Story

    Movies become art after editing. Instead of just reproducing reality, they juxtapose images of it. That implies expression; that’s art. – Alejandro González Iñárritu The structure is intrinsic to any art form. Most often the underlying structure defines the genre like modern jazz in music, Haiku in poetry or a three-act play in a theatre. […]

  • Photo Story: Ahmedabad by Night

    The Walled City of Ahmedabad, founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the 15th century, has been declared India’s first World Heritage City. I got to experience this maze of a citadel last night The World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO made the announcement late on Saturday night following a meeting in Poland’s Krakow. “Thrilled to […]

  • Short Post, Found Content: 24X36

    Last week I found this is a charming movie (trailer) that documents the illustrated movie posters. We have had a history of fabulous promotional art for our movies. While some are documented, most of them are not. This is also an appeal to share information on movie hoardings and poster art that are documented in […]

  • From the Archives: 50 years of Indian Design – 2010 Pool Interview

    The advent of 50 years of Indian design has made sixth issue of Pool magazine revisit this long journey from inception till what design stands for in contemporary India today. As a part of this editorial search they interviewed professionals in the industry. I was proud to be one of them. This post is an […]

  • Rehash: Four tips for young graphic designers

    Graphic design never was and never will be solely about making things pretty. It is about presenting information appropriately – persuasive, useful and usable. Like how the lay of a piece of land dictates the design of a building on it, the underlying structure of content and concept defines the look and feel. So typography, […]

  • From the Archives: I believe in small towns

    I was raised in a small temple town in South India, that was a bell jar of life, love, and prejudices. It felt self-contained and comfortably familiar — a severed outpost of progress way in the days of trunk calls and rationed television. I remember mornings of temple chants, ground coffee or anise and those […]

  • Cannes Lions 2017: Four good ones

    The Cannes Lions, International Festival of Creativity starts tomorrow, the 16th of June 2017. While the agency folks are getting ready for long loopy nights on the Boulevard de la Croisette, Tim Nudd, Creative Editor of Adweek has published a line up of 25 Brilliant Ad Campaigns That Will Win Lions in Cannes. I am […]

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 15: The Smile of Saraswati

    While the film Life of Christ was rolling past before my eyes I was mentally visualizing the gods, Shri Krishna, Shri Ramachandra their Gokul and Ayodhya.. I was gripped by a strange spell.  -Dadasaheb Phalke The school textbooks were stacked up. There was a picture of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge with a benign smile. […]