• Window shopping: Is there a re-commerce in India? As Apparatus engages in new projects that involve catalogs, payment gateways and retail concepts I am starting a series of posts focussing on ecommerce in India. This is the first of the lot. Indian railways is probably responsible for making online users ready to pay and buy things on the web. With their devastatingly ugly […]
  • Further conversations with a pedagogue: Part Two Manoj Neel heads Interaction Design and Information Design faculty at National Institute of Design, Bangalore. He is authoring an interesting paper on the future of design education in India. This is an excerpt from his conversations with me as a practicing designer. This is a continuation from the previous post. Read that first. Manoj Neel: […]
  • Reminisce: Pool Magazine 6 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 few professionals in the industry. I am proud to be one of them. This post is […]
  • Flip through social I have been an active resident of social media. I am alive in three social networks, write two blogs and ardently follow a few. But lately I succumbed to information overload fatigue. I cannot machete my way through tweets and farmville updates anymore. Thought I should recede and reclaim my inner peace instead. Enter Flipboard […]
  • Open Letter: To New Graphic Designers Apparatus has always been open about getting summer interns from design schools and training creative teams in organizations ‘the boutique way’. This letter is to all of you who are learning to spell mnemonic and understand pair kerning (If you are not better do it now). Dear Friend: You probably thought, like I did, that […]
  • UX: Curators and Guides Available This post is an outcome of a question that haunts designers often – ‘What do you do for a living?’. I am, most often, bothered about overselling or understating my competence. Read on. When I sit down and think about an abstract version of what user experience is I do not reach a definite answer. […]
  • Small Town Nostalgia: Madurai 9° 58' N 78° 10' E I was raised in a small temple town in south India, a bell jar of life, love and inhibitions. It felt self contained and comfortably familiar – a severed outpost of progress way in the days of trunk calls and rationed television on tall 13-element antenna with boosters. I remember mornings of temple chants, smell […]
  • Apple : Faith grows I have been an Apple user and a fan for over 15 years. The brand and products have moved on from being a cult to a larger faith. Steve Jobs is a compelling reason to buy and use more Apple products. Here he is in conversation with Walt Mosberg and Kara Swisher for Wall Street […]
  • Inspiration series: 50 years of design education in India Recently I attended a meeting at Idiom campus in Bangalore. The agenda was to define a structure to celebrate half a century of formal design pedagogy in India. There were a few ideas floated. I came out of the group with a specific mission. How many times have you met a fellow designer one-on-one and […]
  • Adobe seeks feedback: Dreamweaver An Adobe entourage was at office today talking to our designers about Dreamweaver. In the verge of dreaming up features for the Creative Suite 6 version, they wanted to understand projects, usage environments and the users. Bernard, Praveen and José from Apparatus walked them through their views and woes. There are a few things that […]