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Drawings of animal tracks and poetry related to animal specimen collecting by Vernon Orlando Bailey, 1890-1891
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 [...]

INK 2012, Pune

INK 2012, Pune Oct, 11-14   Maitreyi speaks about the experience of covering INK2012 for designwala. I walked into the Marriot Convention Center on Thursday morning not quite sure how I was planning on covering the INK Conference . Just the previous day, Shagun sent me an email saying there was an amazing opportunity to [...]

The Golden Triangle

After the Oxelo skateboarding video, another skateboarding video in India has been doing the rounds of the internet. Created by Mofoprod, the video is visually stellar. There are mixed feelings around using India as an ‘exotic’ background with little to offer by foreign filmmakers but that is a discussion for another time.

INDIA And The Need For A National Organization For Design and Designers

When I began studying at Pratt, New York, in 2008, the very first week we were introduced to the American Institute of Graphic Arts. And it instantly appealed to me. Being a student of communication design, in a foreign country, this seemed the best way to keep in touch with the design scene in NY. [...]

tablet vs tablet

Aakash – A low cost tablets aim to revolutionize education and access to technology across the world.

The Light Surgeons
UnBox Festival V.2

As some of you might have noticed, there has been an explosion of design related conferences and festivals that have sprouted up in India, over the last few years. Unbox is part of the mix. This year, in its second avataar it was bigger, better and shinier than the previous one. The 3 day long [...]

Delight – India’s new connected e-toilets

Public toilets have always been a big problem in India. New and innovative solutions are created everyday to solve this problem. The latest in the row of toilet innovation is the E-Toilet by a company called  Eram Scientific Solutions which is a part of the Eram Group, a technology research and development company. The company [...]

Mobius – the SUV that will connect Africa and its entrepreneurs

This is probably one of the first articles in Designwala that encompasses design thinking outside of India. It is tough to talk about design thinking in India without looking at what services and products Africa and China are creating. Design for the developing world cannot happen in isolation and as reverse innovation takes a hold [...]

New Improved Featured
“New-Improved” : Haute Waste

“New-Improved” is a label started by Namrata Narula, a textile designer based in Bangalore India. (She is also is a close friend and classmate of mine from college). “New-Improved” stems from the age old habit of recycling, preserving and jugaad especially amongst Indians. The idea behind the label being that there is still use and [...]

CKS – 34 ways to save a life

This post is long overdue. Ive been caught up with the madness that trails behind deadlines, mundane activities like getting my driving license, visas etc. In the midst of all this thankfully, I managed to have a chat with Aditya Dev Sood,  Founder and CEO of the Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS). CKS is an [...]