Graphic Design

A diligent practice that was ousted by desktop publishing. Graphic Design is still a proud faculty of dedicated and loyal disciples.

  • 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, […]

  • 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. […]

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 14: Helvetica

    It’s air, you know. It’s just there. There’s no choice. You have to breathe, so you have to use Helvetica. – Erik Spiekerman Let me start with a quick bit of history. When a German blacksmith Johannes Gutenberg created the printing press in mid-15th century he also invented the first printable typeface now called Blackletter. […]

  • Short Post, Found Content: Movie Titles by Saul and Elaine Bass

    Ages ago, in a darkened design school auditorium I have had the privilege of watching movie titles designed by Saul and Elaine Bass. I was amazed by paper cut animation of Anatomy of a Murder and the slow motion catwalk of Walk on the Wild Side. I found this compilation of their movie title clips. […]

  • 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’. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 4 Graphic Design tools that are forgotten: #DesignNostalgia

    Dear millennial designer (If you know what one-hour photos are you do not qualify, and no, it is not the maximum number of selfies taken in 60 minutes): I am going to wake you up to some reality of yore that you probably will not enjoy. You need to sit down for this one. Right […]

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 05: Dadaism

    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. This post is about an art movement that disrupted art. It was 1916. The First World War was over and it had left Europe […]