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The Look of Language

The Look of Language

 If the pen is mightier than the sword, then the printed word has brought revolution in this world more swiftly, more often than war. Since Johannes Gutenberg first invented the movable type printing press in 1439, printed matter has given voice to dissent over dogma and freedom over ignorance. In the six centuries since, his...
The Design of Ordinary Things: Ambassador Cars

The Design of Ordinary Things: Ambassador Cars

The second comic in the series for The Small Picture was on the design of Ambassadors – those beloved cars that I and so many of my fellow Indian grew up in. We didn’t always love the Amby – and it wasn’t ever the sexiest car on the road – but when production of the...
The Design of Ordinary Things: Pressure Cooker

The Design of Ordinary Things: Pressure Cooker

Earlier in 2014, I was selected as one of the new artists for The Small Picture – a weekly comics column run by the team at Manta Ray. Following from the comic from the Creating Change book I contributed to for Kyoorius, I decided to make a series of one-page comics tracing the design history...
Review: This Side That Side

Review: This Side That Side

The stories of This Side That Side: Restorying Partition spill into the mind like immigrants from across the border – seeking refuge from the oblivion of forgetfulness, bereft yet proud, anxious to be heard, taken seriously, desperately in need of a telling, of finding a home on paper. To read this book is to hear...
The ARThink Southasia Fellowship in Germany

The ARThink Southasia Fellowship in Germany

A year ago I applied for the ARThink Southasia fellowship programme. A unique arts management programme open to cultural practitioners from 8 different countries, the objective of the initiative is to build competencies and networks that will benefit the cultural sector in the region. At Kahani Designworks we’re very passionate about working with museums, galleries...
What We Talk About When We Talk About Design

What We Talk About When We Talk About Design

So you’ve heard about the Creating Change book and all the great work that Kyoorius and British Council have done to get new design writers together. Though the book is now out-of-print (!) we can still share the work we’ve each done for it. Here it is at last, my long-form comic for the book,...
5 Reasons Why We Need Design Histories in India

5 Reasons Why We Need Design Histories in India

We write history to understand how things were and what makes them the way they are today. To write history is to explain the cause and effect relationship of events, to script the roles of its protagonists and their part in the story of things. All histories – any histories – account for the agencies...
Creating Change: Design Writing from India

Creating Change: Design Writing from India

Over the last year British Council and creative network Kyoorius have conducted a series of Design Writing workshops and events across the country over the span of the last year. I’ve been a part of the initiative since it first began at Kyoorius Designyatra 2012 and that process recently culminated in the release of the...
New Indian Designscape

New Indian Designscape

The emergence of design as a major point on the global agenda for sustainability and responsible growth has brought attention to contemporary design practice in India. The output of the country’s creative minds is keenly watched by a global audience, eager to know their responses to an ever-changing power balance between West and East. The...
Sketchnotes: India Design Forum 2013

Sketchnotes: India Design Forum 2013

This past March, Mumbai hosted the second India Design Forum. A gathering of the who’s who of the design world, the two-day event was a packed schedule of speakers and panels, all against the backdrop of a city-wide design week. A number of local studios and design entrepreneurs participated in the daily events leading up...
Zine Press at UnBox2013

Zine Press at UnBox2013

With regularising familiarity, the new calendar year is coming to signify the advent of design events around the country. Starting with the Pune Design Festival moving on to UnBox, India Design ID (a.k.a. Elle Decor), the India Design Forum and Fashion Week, the stretch between January and March unleashes an avalanche of new ideas, brave...
Perch in 100% Yatra

Perch in 100% Yatra

  Many thanks to the team behind 100% Zine. They’re doing a great job of bringing together artists from different backgrounds on the same platform and we’re very happy to share our work with them. 100% zine can be bought online or at design stores like Filter and Bombay Electric.