• 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. […]
  • 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, […]
  • Short Post, Found Content: Tom Kelley deconstructs Design Thinking Fail often so you can succeed sooner. – Tom Kelley While in this World all and sundry are touting design thinking, while I have started to get uncomfortable with the term as much as I am uncomfortable with ‘innovation’, there are a few who can pragmatically break it down for us. Tom Kelley, a pioneer and […]
  • Thirst-day Exhibit 12: Jamini Roy I recently learned about an important feature that distinguishes us human beings, right on top with our opposable thumbs and standing upright – the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex, among many things it does, enables us to simulate experiences. Or in other words, it helps us create narratives or tell stories. And we human beings […]
  • Thirst-day Exhibit 09: The Coup Connection A friend and a teacher once told me that creativity is about finding connections between things that are not seemingly related. The rational part of my mind dismissed this as superficial and vaguely self-indulgent. But I present you a case where I found a movie, a book and a song inspired by one event – […]
  • SrishtiTV: 4 lessons for young design professionals The students of Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology have launched a YouTube Channel called SrishtiTV. In their words, it is ‘a premier attempt to humanise the growing art and design student community in India over its 9 playlists’. I was one of the ‘experts’ interviewed by them for the playlist ‘Excerpts from Experts’. […]
  • NASSCOM Talk: Elements of Digital Marketing Addressing a group of 200+ technologists, I realize, is not as easy as talking to design professionals. The tech pros are way more left-brained and need a connected narrative that offers a rational process. This talk at GIC NASSCOM in Hyderabad is my attempt at offering a framework that they can use as a common […]
  • Thirst-day Exhibit 07: Ferran Adrià We need to put the thirst back in design professionals to be aware, appreciative and understand art. So my Thursday posts are going to be about the artists who inspired me. I have stepped out of my comfort zone to the culinary arts here. Could you imagine people eating a painting — if they could […]
  • 4 more Graphic Design Tools that are forgotten #DesignNostalgia Dear millennial designer (Now you know who you are): If you have not read the prequel, you should. Apparently, I woke the geriatric ward up when I published the previous post and my fellow designers were swept in a tsunami of nostalgia. All the design tools in this post are their suggestions and I thank […]