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Designwala Update

Designwala has been on a bit of a hiatus. I started DW a few years ago while working at a New York design agency, primarily to keep in touch with all that was happening in India with respect to art, design and architecture. It definitely had nostalgic value as well since I missed home. Overtime [...]


 
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Finding My Poetry in Design

Recently we conducted a color workshop at one of the fine new design schools in India. The workshop began with a brief that, the students were to design for themselves and not for a client. Somehow the whole range of students, from foundation to final year found it difficult to work without a so called [...]


 
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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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Pune Design Festival 2013: RE.gen.er.ate

In its 7th year of existence, the theme for Pune Design Festival (PDF ) this year was RE.gen.er.ate. Interestingly the conference and I started our design journey in the same year in Pune.  I have attended the fest in various roles, starting from being  visitor in 1st year, a volunteer in 3rd, part of color [...]


 
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InfluencerCON 2012 – A Recap

Maitreyi, recalls the exciting 3 day event Oct 3rd – 5th 2012


 
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An Ode to Design

As the year 2012 nears its post-doomsday end (what a bummer that was!), I wondered what kind of an article I should write to finish off this year in style? The year gone by has generally been a rather good year for Design with the Mobile Internet+ Tablet market going berserk, Angry Birds proving yet again [...]


 
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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 [...]


 
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Design Porn

This article is going to set the Designwala Site statistics on fire. That is the power of the word ‘Porn’. But if you are a reader who expects to read about the Design revolutions taking place in the porn industry (savita bhabhi and 3d porn to name a few), I am sorry but that is [...]


 
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Cultural Sensitivity in Design

This article should have been about the Beetle (Not the life form but the car). But something interesting happened over the Deepavali holidays that made me change my mind. So this article is going to be about the importance of Cultural sensitivity in Design. A few days back, as I was walking down the road, [...]


 
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Design Inspiration

If necessity is the mother of Invention then Inspiration is the mother of Design. Would there be Design without Inspiration? Where would one find the reason to push boundaries without Desire? How does one get inspired by something or someone? To find out, let us first understand what is Inspiration? I still remember the first [...]