Graphic Designer

Tanvee Nabar : Illustrator and Graphic Designer

I wound up studying graphic design. It just happened to me.
But now I’m a graphic designer because I get to draw in my capacity as an illustrator and because I get to interact with spheres of knowledge so different than my own.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yep – I went to Srishti School of Art, Desgin and Technology, Bangalore.

You have a distinct style of Design. How long did it take you to develop your style?
I definitely have an aesthetic I tend to use often. I’m a barely out of the closet maximilist. I love profusion. Thankfully India loves it too. I suppose i’ve been developing this sense as long as I’ve been drawing. But it took me a long time during and after design school to be proud of it. There’s a tendency for scandinavian design aesthetic to be aspired to amongst the design community. Even if it isn’t expressly said – there’s a preference towards less is more. That motto has never quite sit well with me. That said, editing is very important too. Whatever you’re putting out needs to make sense as far as I’m concerned. But (and the designers reading this will know what i mean) I have no qualms about titles that are both italicized and bold.

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Ameet Mehta : Designer, Entrepreneur

Ameet Mehta is a thinker, dreamer, designer and an entrepreneur. Ameet believes in doing things passionately or not doing it at all. Though a fashion and lifestyle accessories designer by qualification, his credo has been that design is all about infusing a strong emotional connect with audience, using form, function and common sense.

Why are you into Advertising/Brand Building?
Because I believe in communication and its power. As human beings, we perpetually want to reach out to others, connecting with them, through vivid emotions, actions and expressions… I love the fact that brands can be made to do the same and much more than that, and that one can actually design something that has the power to evoke a desired emotion!”

Did you attend school for fine art or design or Communications?
Yes, I studied at NIFT, New Delhi, specializing into fashion and lifestyle accessories design.
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Eti Goel : Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Eti Goel is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator based out of Bangalore. She studied Animation and Multimedia from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi. Growing up, watching cartoons and animated movies inspired her to choose a career that stimulates her creative mind.

Apart from graphics, she is an animal and nature lover, fashionista, foodie and loves to travel. Her weakness lies in interesting stationery and good packaging.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
I am happy being in a profession where I get the chance to make anything visually appealing. I always look into the details of everything around me, like hoardings, packaging of products, or the simplest of ads, and think how I would create it in my own style and make it better.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I graduated in Animation and Multimedia from Birla Institute of technology, Mesra, Ranchi.
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Prasad Kelkar : llustrator, Motion Designer and Art Director

Prasad Kelkar is a Mumbai based Illustrator, Motion Designer and Art Director.
After graduating from Sir. J.J. Institute of Applied Arts(2004) he worked as an illustrator with TATA Interactive Systems. He currently leads the Motion team at TAG Vinnatti, a Design and Branding firm. He has also collaborated with different agencies like LOWE Lintas, Digi Law & Kenneth, Brand Movers, Mindbird for various clients like Thomas Cook, Oakley, Surf Excel, MTS, Axis Bank, Union Bank, Tupperware, Godrej, Lodha, HOH to name a few.

Why are you into Motion graphics?
I like Motion graphics because it allows me to tell stories in different styles, mediums and materials. There is no fixed production pipeline, each motion project comes with a unique challenge and that pushes you to learn new things. Because of motion graphics I started gaining serious interest in photography, cinematography and music.

Did you attend school for fine art or design or Communications?
Yes, I did my graduation from Sir J.J.School of App.Art (2000-04)

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Nikita Mehta Shah : The Designery

The Designery is a ‘Graphic Label’ turned into a fresh new multi-disciplinary design studio based in Mumbai. We specialize in innovative design and visual communication. Out-of-the-box design thinking, Fresh perspective & a killer graphic style that has come to being loved over the years are what make The Designery. We love taking on the role of a ‘story-teller’ while we weave creative brand stories from which stems our highly design-led work belonging to various design verticals, such as branding, editorial, illustration, surface design & our line of exclusive products belonging to the home, lifestyle & fashion space.

What made you start The Designery?
The Designery –the label came into conception in 2012. The Studio with its various verticals was what the label evolved and matured into very recently. Back in 2012 The Designery was primarily a product driven label.

As a freelance Graphic Designer my core expertise was always branding and design for print that were honed and refined while working at various design studios in London and Mumbai, but starting The Designery was what gave me a whole new dimension as an artist.
Design is a wonderful world to tap into if you’re all about ‘looking at things differently’. It gives you the power to make the world see things the way you see them and make them go ‘wow’!

I wanted to explore, experiment and push conventional design standards without being bound to a creative brief that usually comes with studio driven work. I wanted to establish an irreverent graphic style that I would be known for, something that is exclusive to me and what I do and so I took some time off from my job as a Graphic Designer.

We did a whole collection of home décor pieces, which were themed with light and Time that were inspired by glass and typography & exhibited them at various exhibits around the city. And every time someone picked up the piece I created and went ‘that’s amazing!’ gave me an adrenaline rush that I had never experienced before and this is when The Designery was born.

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Kruti Saraiya : Typography And Design

Kruti Saraiya is a graphic designer/ typographer based in Mumbai. The focus of her practice has been to allow for a contemporary Indian design narrative to emerge to fill the gap between mtv kitsch and traditional Indian crafts.

As a typographer, she sees her role in infusing context into letters and bringing the written word alive. Her strengths lie in working with scripts of Indian languages to create an equal space for them alongside English in urban India. Her commercial and experimental work celebrates the Indian aesthetic in a fusion of east and west. ‘The key’, she says, ‘is to change our mindset from an either-or to an AND.’

Besides this her portfolio includes branding, packaging, editorial and web design across verticals. She has been a speaker at the Indian Design Forum – IDF 2013 and a part of the core team to set up Design Museum Dharavi (2016). Her work has also been published in International design magazines like Creative Review (UK) & Visible Language (USA). She has exhibited in a group show ‘Pushpa Patha: The Flower Trail’ in gallery BMB, Mumbai.

She graduated from the London School of Printing. She has worked with Rabia Gupta Designs, Mumbai and taught at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru for several years.

She currently has an independent practice and teaches in the Visual Communication Department at the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) and Ecole Intuit.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
I actually identify more with being called a typographer – I love words. I’m super excited by words of all languages – what they mean, how they sound and especially how they look.It is an immensely satisfying feeling waking up each day and infusing context in to the words.
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Hari Kumar : Illustrations and Graphic Design

Hari Kumar graduated from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. He has a passion for illustration amd graphic design. He enjoys illustrating for children and creating his own characters and environments.He also loves playing competitive video games with his friends and eventually wants to create concept art for the entertainment industry. He is most happy while reading comic books.
Why are you a Illustrator?
My interest in illustration was sparked when I was in school and read a comic book for the first time. Since then I knew I wanted to be in a creative field later in my life. I began drawing characters from comic books and cartoons, and soon began creating characters from my imagination. During my college years, I worked on my own style. I got the chance to illustrate storybooks for children, and really hone my illustration skills.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I went to Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology and studied Visual Communication.

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Deval Maniar : Graphic Designer

Deval Maniar was born in Gujarat. He has a Bachelors of Commerce and Diploma in Visual Communication from Srishti School of Design, Art & Technology. He grew up in a small city called Bhavnagar, and design was an alien word for him and his family. He heard the term design when he first moved to Ahmedabad. Later decided to join Srishti. Now he has worked on diverse projects from Branding, Publication Design, Illustrations, UI Design, & Packaging. He personally likes to experiment with type and wants to explore this area of design.

Why are you a Graphic Designer
For me, Graphic design is not just design for me it is visual art combining both traditional and contemporary styles. I like my work should tell a story of some kind.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I attended school to learn visual communication.

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Tanya Eden : Graphic Designer /Illustrator / Visualizer

Tanya Daniel Eden is an Indian Graphic Designer /Illustrator / Visualizer from Mumbai. She graduated from Sophia Polytechnic Institute of Applied Art and Design. Tanya is a visual storyteller and believes to squabble for a social cause and to open up to issues that matter to the society, her work and personality are two different things, like an alter ego. Art is something she can rely on profoundly, her pillar of strength she abides with, her consonance lies in art alone and is highly ambitious.

Apart from this Tanya is a professional swimmer, animal lover, fasionista, foodie and loves to travel, enjoys adventure sports and explore new people and places. She is fond of collecting local mask and exquisite antiques while she travels.

Why are you a Illustrator/Graphic Designer?
I believe one can do a good job on any position only if he likes what he does. And I love to design and create art, ther’s so much to do and explore in this field. So my job preference is obvious and decided to do this, period. People are visual beings and decide rather emotionally than rationally. I believe Graphic designers / illustrators have a different vision and tend to see and absorb things differently than others, which I find very interesting.

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Priya Jain : Graphic Design

Priya Jain started her career as an engineer but had been always passionate about design. She decided to pursue her passion and finished her design education from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. She likes to explore new things which can be seen in the variety of her projects. Her work involves Branding, UI/UX, Book design, DIY crafts, illustration. Her main interest lies in illustration with a deep interest towards children’s book illustration. She is also a nature and animal lover. Most of her inspirations are from nature which give her the space for fresh ideas. Her weakness lies in Stationery, you will find a gamut of stationery in her house and she even uses all of them!!

Why are you a graphic designer:
I still remember the phase when I was unable to decide that I should live my life as an engineer to live upto other’s expectations or stand away from the herd and do what I am passionate about. And I now I know that I made the right decision. I have always looked into the details of a product, like it’s packaging, it’s form, its design. I could see a product or a creative and think in my head about how I could do it in my style and make it look different.
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