Our Little Studio : Disha Gupta Sangal


Disha Gupta Sangal, a Graphic Design Consultant and founder of ‘Our Little Studio’ graduated from Wigan & Leigh College with a degree in Graphic Design. With an experience of 5 years in the industry, Disha has developed a good understanding of clients and their design briefs. For her graphic design is about the perfect fusion of passion and knowledge. She specialises in Identity, print, illustrations and icons. She has recently started her own venture ‘Our Little Studio’. One can see and appreciate  portfolio here and she blogs here.

A little about your outfit “Our Little Studio.”
Our Little Studio is only 4 months old, a graphic design start-up, based in New Delhi. We believe in creating the wow factor with every design to ensure that our client’s products stand out amongst all the competition. Logo Design, Branding, Illustrations, Icons and Print design is our key areas.
Is Our Little Studio primarily an illustration and design company? Do you also work on brand building and corporate identities?
I am looking forward to work on brand building and identities .

Tell us about your designers/animators. Did they go into fine art or design schools? How do you pick them up?
Currently I am working alone, I prefer working on project basis to avoid an unwanted pressure of deadlines. I like to put my efforts in one or two project at a time, this helps to give quality work and my clients don’t need to worry about the deadlines.


Deepikah Rahul Bhardwaj : Interview With A Designpreneur

Deepikah is a designpreneur based in New Delhi. She grew up in Delhi in the 90’s and studied communication design from Pearl Academy. After creating a docu-graphic film for UNESCO for her dissertation project, she moved to Mumbai to work at MTV as a motion designer for 4 years. After working with various TV channels- MTV, Nickelodean, Disney; She moved back to Delhi to be closer to family. After a failed attempt at running a startup in partnership; she now works independently from her home studio creating bespoke brands, illustrations, motion graphics and more. She feels in today’s times, networking and collaborating is an essential part of the creative growth process.
A little about yourself:
I am all over the place. I like to call myself a design entrepreneur. I work independently on projects from various media and tend collaborate with the best people in business to create small manageable teams of creatives for every project. In this way, I end up being able to do a lot of different kinds of things without limiting myself to the abilities of a fixed team, like in a studio or a company.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
I like beautiful things and systems. I like beautiful things in beautiful, seamless systems.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I was the first batch of Communication Design that graduated from Pearl Academy.


Vrushali Somavanshi : Interview With A Graphic Designer

Vrushali Somavanshi (Artopus) is a graphic designer, an Engineer and a pattern lover. She is also an occasional poet and loves watching films. Often looking for inspiration in the nitty gritty of things, and finding ways to communicate the commonplace observations visually through her idiosyncratic art her work ranges from colourful flat illustrations to intricately detailed pattern art. She currently is freelancing and also sells her artwork online on different types of merchandise. She has never attended a design school and is planning to pursue a Post graduation degree in Visual communication

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
A quote I read sometime back by Ira Glass kind of resonated with me, she talked about how in the beginning all of us who do creative work get into it because we have good taste and it is because of that good taste that our work keeps disappointing us, so only after time and lots of practice one day our work will be as good as our ambitions.

I think it’s the joy of being able to see my ideas come alive on paper that got me started. It’s because of the funny feeling of weird satisfaction I get when I see good typography and clean design.

Abhijit Karandikar : Interview with an Art Director/CD

Why are you into Advertising?
Because I just love it!

Did you attend school for fine art or design or Communications?
Yes, I hold a bachelor’s degree from Sir JJ Institute of Applied Art.

Tell us about your awards?
One show, Cannes, Clio, Asia Pac, London International, WPP, Ad Fest, Kyoorius, among others.
But I still cherish first ‘CAG’ award which was a ‘must have’ in the 90’s.

Jaikishan Patel : Illustrator

An observer, born and brought up at Raigarh in the region of Chhattisgarh India, practices in the field of communication design.  Believes in design as a part of life.
Graduated from D J Academy of Design, Coimbatore in 2011. After a short experience of 2 years working in Design industry, currently perusing masters in design at Industrial Design Centre, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai.

Communication Design
As I love it and I see it everywhere.

I am a human being, love to observe, experience and practice design. Focused in communication design, I believe if there is an honest (at times appropriate) communication, life can be understood very easily.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
Because I love it and I see it everywhere.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
It took me about 3 amazing years after finishing my higher secondary ‘education’ to find out that what I love to do can actually be the part of my education too.  I spent 4 years, trying to practice communication design at D J Academy of Design (DJAD) Coimbatore, in southern India. And currently further exploring at industrial design centre (IDC), IIT Bombay in Mumbai.

You have a distinct style of Design. How long did it take you to develop your style?
I believe that the style is something that develops on its own by the circumstances we work in. I am experiencing in different parts of India that are full of rich and contrasting stories. They all excite me to explore.


Samidha Gunjal : Animator, illustrator, Artist

She hails from a small town, and was born to a doctor couple, having said that she is always extremely passionate about her own creative career path. She chooses to display her thoughts through her illustration work. Post her Architectural days she did her Masters in Design with a specialization in Animation from IDC, IIT Bombay. Now working as a freelance artist mainly into illustrations, 2D animation, comic art and painting.

Why are you an Illustrator?
It was child’s play in the beginning; I started writing the stories from my childhood and loved to read kids novels. Spent hours trying to understand the concept of story telling. Going ahead with the passion I choose to create my own illustrated world by story telling and drawing. After completing my Architecture, I got into IDC, IIT for my further studies in Animation. While working on concept art I realized the passion for Illustration and I made my illustration work my medium of communication. With the great admiration from my faculties I went ahead and illustrated my first Children’s book for Scholastic.


Minal Dusane Mali : Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Minal Dusane Mali is a Mumbai based aspiring illustrator & Graphic Designer. She is also a co-founder of ‘Yomy Designs’. Her passion for art makes everything easy for her. She loves to experiment with different styles & various mediums. Her expertise lies in Character designing, Story-boarding & Vector Info-graphics. She has worked with variety of clients that includes Reliance Digital Tv, HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum), TVS Scooty Pep, 48 Hours Film Project, Axe Deodorant (HUL), Asian Paints, Bajaj Allianz Travel Insurance, AD2Campaign, Nimbuzz, Dum Maaro Dum Movie, Bombay Se (Dubai), Ekam Amritsari Kitchen, Godrej Hair Dye etc.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
I believe, illustrations & designs are a strong medium of communication. Right from my childhood days, my frequent visits to art schools & exhibitions inspired me to take graphic design & illustration as a profession. I developed a strong liking for the subject by constant practice & improvisation. For me it’s a way to express my ideas & thoughts.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes. I graduated Bachelor in Fine Arts from Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai. Having spent 4 years at the art collage I honed my design skills and also learned the practical application of my creative ideas.


Rahul Babu Narayanan

“I am an illustrator and designer based in Bangalore, India. I graduated with a BFA in Applied Arts from College of FineArts Thrissur, Kerala. I am  currently working as a designer in Chumbak.
Apart from dreaming visuals all day long, I love watching abstract movies, listening to great melodies and riding my bicycle all over town.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I started drawing ever since I was a kid. Of course, it was just a hobby then. After schooling I realised that Art is my world and I didn’t want to do anything that didn’t involve art.

Charbak Dipta : Illustrations

Charbak Dipta is a Commercial Illustrator,cartoonist and graphic storyteller. An M.A. In Philosophy from Jadavpur University,Kolkata, he started his career as an illustrator in the Times of India.He worked for various tabloids, magazines in between as a cartoonist and illustrator. Currently he is working as a freelance illustrations and writing comic books all over the world. Charbak Dipta is also a trained singer/musician from ITC SRA, Kolkata and Calcutta School of Music.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I primarily consider myself a story teller.  The best way to tell stories is the audio-visual medium but since its a very costly and one of the most toilsome job,  I prefer illustrating my ideas.  Here I am an one man team with control in everything from lighting to body language and that is without any barrier.  Thus, I illustrate.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Never. I am a self taught artist. I think art cannot be taught just like the 1st ever painters i. e.  the cavemen.  They did not learnt painting from anyone.

D&AD Judging Preview : Meera Sharath Chandra

D&AD Judging Preview – DesiCreative
Name: Meera Sharath Chandra

Title: Founder CEO & Chief Creative Officer
Organisation: Tigress Tigress
Why did you choose a career in digital?
After 15 years in above-the-line advertising on global brands, there was a restless energy to stop doing more of the same and to be an early adopter of newer forms of conversations with consumers. I have always believed that the communication must go where the customer goes and when the world gravitated towards the online space I wanted to be a few steps ahead, ready and waiting.

Did you attend school for fine art, design or communications?
I am a writer and I majored in English Literature and then in Journalism. I have UI/UX specialisations as well. That said, the only real learning curve in this field is on the job – and I would like to think that I will always be an eager student.