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Artist - Madhurya Balan
The Fearless Campaign | Art in the age of social media

The last couple of months have been rather dark, infuriating and intense. Post the horrific Delhi rape case, all forms of media have been abuzz with stories about rape, in its different shapes, sizes and forms. What’s worse than the act itself,  are the ridiculous ideas and notions that people in this country have about [...]

Behavioural and Attitude Change through Design

As the ‘Anti- Rape Protests’ died down and the trial of the six rape accused began in Delhi, the three member committee headed by former chief justice J S Verma submitted their report on the 23rd of January to the Government suggesting amendment of criminal laws to provide for higher punishment to rapists. Most of the recommendations in [...]

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Kony 2012 revisited from a design perspective

Have you heard about Joseph Kony? If yes, then I am sure you have already watched the short movie Kony 2012. If no, then please do read on while you make sure to watch it later. Joseph Kony is the head of the Militia Group, the LRA (LORDS RESISTANCE ARMY). Basically, there probably isn’t even a single [...]

Startup School | Living in the future.

After a long hiatus, I’m finally back with something to write about. As most new things go, the last few months have a been a whirlwind of ideas, sleepless nights and dreams that has finally manifested itself into its physical form as  Startup School.IN.  Startup School is an intensive 3 month residential incubation program, focused [...]

Open Platform for Idea Generation : Idea Democracy

In a world that has becoming increasingly democratic, ideas are still the prerogative of the “idea man”, such as a creative director in an advertising agency. Given that in the recent years some of the best ideas have come from youngsters working on their projects in cafes or garages, one could say that digital technology [...]

Tainted Water

Tainted Water is a beautiful interactive installation by a group of designers from NID who call themselves ‘Digital Jalebi’.Here are some insights from Nikhil Joshi who is one of the creators of the project.  How was tainted water conceived? The initial idea was born as an installation for NID’s annual festival RGB. We took inspiration from [...]

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Design in the Dustbin

‘What did you possibly think of writing that connects Information Design and Waste Management?’ you might wonder. Don’t worry folks. I am not going to grind you down with Wasteful logic (clever!) or tedious facts. Recently, Bangalore’s Municipal Corporation (BBMP) announced that the people have to sort their domestic waste before handing it over to the [...]

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Typerventions: Where Typography Goes Beyond The Page

The next time you are wondering around city of Delhi, don’t be surprised if you come across a typography installation right in the middle of the road or garden or wherever you happen to be. ‘Typerventions’ is the brainchild of the Delhi based graphic designer Kriti Monga, more fondly known as Turmeric Design. I have been a fan [...]

India’s ‘Strong Beer’ – A Graphic Mantra

Anybody who’s been to Chennai knows that this richly cultured and vibrant city has a very nasty liquor scene (The best beer you could get your hands on is a Kingfisher!) Having spent years dreaming of a Budweiser to quench my parched Chennai throat, it came as a pleasant surprise sometime back when all of [...]

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A Critique : The Hinglish Project

I heard about The Hinglish Project because it was making rounds on Twitter. I didn’t really check it out then. The next time I heard about it, it was again on Twitter, but because the project had won the Golden Lion in the Consumer Services category and the Bronze Lion in the Design Typography category [...]