Graphic Designer

Aalhad Bhake : In A Chat With A Graphic Designer

The only way to describe this guy is the word “Metalhead”. Its pretty evident from his appearance that how much he love Metal music as the 80% of the time you see he is wearing black tshirts with prints of his favourite bands. He is a great person with a nice sense of humour. An explorer of various different skills. Thats him.
I am a Computer Science Engineer, now a to be designer pursuing Information Arts & Information Design Practices from Srishti, Bengaluru. Heavy Metal music is my daily drug. I do play a little bit of guitar and also Tabla.  I enjoy watching TV series, Hollywood movies, Rockumentaries etc. and the only anime that I love is DBZ. Apart from that I am a big foodie and I love to cook.”
Why are you an Illustrator?
Illustrating or designing stuff are one of the ways to unleash your critical thinking and apply it to create a visual form. Initially when I was a kid, I had a book in which I used to draw only Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon characters. It used to make me feel happy and satisfied just replicating that exact form myself. That feeling has driven me till where I am now and whatever I design or illustrate is nothing but the product of my satisfaction.
Did you attend school for fine art or design?
No. I am Computer Science Engineer from New Horizon College of Engineering, Bengaluru.
You have a distinct style of illustration. How long did it take you to develop your style?
Well, I try incorporate different styles according to the need of the project having referenced and inspired from various works of extraordinary artists. I am still unsure of any specific style that I possess.
Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
My grandmother is a brilliant artist and a painter. I guess I get the creative genes from there. Apart from that the only role models I could look up to were on the Television in Media and Cartoon. So, whatever appealed to me became my role model.
Who was the most influential personality on your career in Illustrations?
No one I would say. I have been in the process of learning since day one and I still am. Every mentor, friend or critic that I have come across till date has influenced and helped my work become for what it is.
What made you decide to become a freelance illustrator? When did you start freelancing? Do you illustrate for advertising?
I am not a freelancer. I am a fresher in the design community struggling to make my way through with some big goals in mind.
Are many advertising agencies getting illustrations made these days? Do you work more with agencies or publishers?
Illustrations and digital art is very in these days. Companies and Startups want their brand to look the best. And the only way to showcase that, is visually. Its a survival of the fittest out there. This graphic and visual hunger of every startup or company has opened wide doors for graphic designers which is a great thing. Hopefully our future won’t be jobless.
Was there any time when you wanted to quit Illustrations?
Apart from laziness nothing has been a hurdle. I can never think to quit illustrating. It is my only escape to not end up as a Software Engineer like most of my Engineering friends.
 
Have you considered turning your illustrations into toys?
Nope. Never.
Any other Indian Illustrators who you admire?
I admire the works of Gaurav Basu(Acid Toad), Munz TDT and Reuben Bhattacharya(Visual Amnesia). Since I am more into Metal music so I like to follow their work.
Do you have any favorite fellow illustrators or resources relating to your fields?
Adhemas Batista, Daniel Nyari, Christopher Lovell, Pzychopart and Mark Riddick would be my current top 5.
You have such a wide experience as a top working professional. What advice do you have for aspiring creative professionals? Would you advise them to take on Illustration as a career option? Is it paying well enough?
Well, I am yet to discover that myself if it is paying well or not. But, I have really high hopes it will, as I feel I got into this field right on time. Given that I am having this interview as a fresher with not much experience is an achievement in itself for me. For my aspiring juniors I would just say that, if your work is good, people will appreciate it and if it is not then work for it to get better. Though failure is an important teacher, it should not be a setback. Finally, never compromise on QUALITY.
Whats your dream project?
I am already pursuing it as we speak. I have just finished shooting and interviewing phase for my upcoming rockumentary “Progenies of a Counterculture” which will be addressing the past and present scenario of the Heavy metal subculture in India and also will be an awareness tool for those who are oblivious or have misconceptions regarding this bizarre form of music. I released a teaser poster for the same a day ago. Do check it out below!
Mac or PC?
PC. Though I have worked on Mac but I am a windows person from childhood so PC has been convenient. Actually, I am just waiting for my future company to gift me a Mac coz I do not plan on spending a single buck for that expensive stuff.
Who would you like to take out for dinner?
Any person who is hungry to spend endlessly on food and would like my company.
What’s on your iPod?
My description says it all. I have a huge playlist of heavy, death, groove and technical death metal bands such as Metallica, Godsmack, Behemoth, Lamb of God, Mesuggah, Gojira etc. But I also listen to a variety of different music in various languages as well.
Whats your Twitter Handle?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptIMNvoyk68&feature=youtu.be

Nachiket Jadhav : In A Chat With A Graphic Designer

Why are you a graphic designer?
I am a curious animal, always keen about my surroundings. Be it nature, technology, social or cultural I always gain new perspective from each and in that process graphic design is my tool to express. It allows me to decode the world around me. Unbound by rules and regulations and free by my thoughts; graphic design becomes my aid to make a difference and strike a thought.
Every day as a designer is exciting. You wake up and there is a new challenge, a new client, a new brief waiting.

When did you start freelancing?
I started freelancing back in my 2nd year of design school in collaboration with my then batch mate Meroo Seth and ever since then we have been working together. It’s been six years and now we are finally starting our own studio called ‘Mechi Co. Design’. We are ecstatic about it.

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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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