Ektaa Aggarwal: Creative Director at Landor Associates Mumbai & D&AD Branding Jury Member 2015

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Ektaa Aggarwal:
Creative Director at Landor Associates Mumbai & D&AD Branding Jury Member 2015
2015 D&AD Crafts for Advertising Jury

Ektaa Aggarwal: Creative Director at Landor Associates Mumbai & D&AD Branding Jury member 2015

Why did you become a designer?
I don’t think there was one big pivotal moment. My eary childhood memories are around losing myself to drawing, taking my ficticious dog for a walk and acting in a lot of plays. I knew that my career would be in the arts very early on. It’s what came naturally.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I attended The Pratt Institute for Communication Design.


Mira Malhotra, Studio Kohl


Mira Malhotra is a Mumbai-based graphic designer, visual artist and founder of design house Studio Kohl. Her personal work tends more to image-making and illustration. Having been exposed to a variety of cultures as a child her work is oftentimes an amalgamation of what it is like to be Indian with what it is to look upon Indianness as an outsider. Colourful, humorous, charming and witty, it stems from her fascination with the decorative items at local bazaars, Indian history or from indigenous arts and crafts.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I love image, and I love ‘drawn’ images. I think it’s mainly because drawing can be unhinged from reality, so what cannot be represented in a photograph or even be conveyed via photorealism can be conveyed via drawing, which can be simplified and broken down, or made complex, at the artist’s/illustrator’s will. This ability that only illustration has, makes me fascinated with it and prompted me to dabble in illustration.


Manoj Jacob: Interview with an Advertising Creative


Singer, songwriter, copywriter, creative director. Loves playing sport, reading and listening to music. A sucker for biriyani and the odd chilled beer.

Listen/download his music here.

Why are you into Advertising?
I got started in advertising because I loved writing clever stuff. Today, the satisfaction comes from creating communication solutions for business problems.

Did you attend school for fine art or design or Communications?   
No. I studied electronics in college.

Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
Ravi Eshwar. He plays with words the way Knopfler plays with notes. I had the good fortune of sitting next to him as a rookie writer, and observing his work.


Asavari Kumar | Visual Artist Film Maker

Asavari Kumar is a visual artist, designer and filmmaker from New Delhi, India. Her work is primarily character driven with a unique, playful and pliable graphic style. She tells stories through animated films, paintings and interactive installations and strives to create immersive experiences that blur the line between the physical and virtual world.

Her work has been widely recognized across several platforms including the Ottawa International Animation Festival, The Pictoplasma Exhibition, STASH, Cartoonbrew, Styleframes.ny and Vimeo.

Asavari has worked as an art director, designer and animator with a variety of clients that include – Disney, Vh1 India, Channel [v] India, GQ magazine, Cambridge University press, Britannia, Fanta, Bigshot Toyworks, Shilo and Royale.

She is currently based in Los Angeles, CA and is working as a freelance designer and animator. She also posts weekly interviews accompanied by quirky gifs for her ongoing personal project and art blog here.
Why are you a visual artist ?
I have been granted the good fortune of being able to create and give life to things that exist as just thoughts and ideas in my mind – I cant imagine doing anything else with my life. Pursuing a life and career as an artist – atleast for me satiates my desire for curiosity, creation and learning and facilitates a lifestyle in which I get to meet amazing people and have incredible conversations

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, i have a BFA from the National institute of Design in Animation film design and a Masters in Experimental animation from the California Institute of the Arts.


Manpreet : Photography

Based in Delhi, got into photography without any formal training,
however learnt art of capturing frames while assisting.
Follow simplistic approach & try to develop own distinct style.
Has a knack for portraits & enjoy story based projects

Why are you a photographer?
I think it completes me as a person.

Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt ‘I want to be a photographer’?
Photography started way back in childhood , when use to eagerly wait for a one more chance to get hand on Father’s camera. In college it became more than a hobby with my first SLR but decided to take it as a career only after leaving my father’s business


Nitin Adake : Interview with an Advertising Creative

Why are you into Advertising?
It is the second oldest and the second best profession in the world. And i love to be with the best, well, at least the second best.
( Deadlines… wow, they are orgasmic.)
Did you attend school for fine art or design or Communications?
BFA (Applied Art)

Tell us about your awards?


Kawal Oberoi : Graphic Designer

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
Strange part is that I always wanted to be Physicist and I was pretty great at Academics especially Sciences. But at the other end, I had a strong inclination towards visual creativity. When I look back, I feel that I was made for the profession I am in currently. I always loved colors, shapes, visuals and the fact that what I saw made me feel particular feelings and how we can control what to make others feel through Graphic Design.

Recently, when I went back home my parents showed me preserved small publications that I used to make by hand. And among those were comics that I used to make. I also used to make small animated clips using stop-motion technique. Even though all of those looked naive, still I could see that I had a sense of Graphic Design and a passion for creating since early childhood and seems like I am following the same now!

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I come from a school of design. I am trained as a Graphic Designer.


Kiran Kumar C K : Concept Artist, Illustrator, Matt Painter

Kiran Kumar C K is a self motivated Concept artist, illustrator, matt painter and visual designer who from India,kerala. Currently he is working in different kind of Hollywood films. He starts to draw from very young age. He has a bundle of talents and skills both Creatively and Technically. He is a self developed artist, and he has extraordinary ambition to achieve something that he loves to do. And he is so polite, humble and very social minded person too.

Why are you an Illustrator?
Thanks for giving such an interesting question and for a chance to interact trough your sites. . . !!!
I love to draw when I was very young, and my drawings was very quick. I never like to do tiny tiny details in my works,i wanted those all feelings in a single stroke if I can.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Yes, I finished diploma in fine arts from KGCE Kannur, Kerala. And I Believe an art school never make an artist. The Passion,dedication, Approach and hardwoks make an artist.


Dashang Tiwari : Interview with a Graphic Designer/Illustrator

Dashang is an Illustrator, Animator and Game Artist working in the industry for last 5 years. He has a unique and colourful style to his illustrations/design, and known for his playful and out of the box designs which include more illustrative approach. He is currently working as Sr. Illustrator at Times Internet Limited, part of ‘The Times Of India’ and handling all the social media creative for TimesCity.

He believes in experimenting and has an abstract approach to design every new project, and
tries to create new Art styles as per the project demands.
With past experience of working in a gaming studio (Lakshya Digital) and ad agency (Webchutney) he is now experienced to handle projects ranging from mobile game design, illustrations for ad campaigns, children books, and social media creative to flash animation videos. His best assets are his versatility and experience through which he is currently doing good freelance work for his clients based in USA, Middle East and China.

Apart from this, He is a simple and fun loving guy who also loves to listen Music, eat good food, watch movies and party hard at weekends.

Why are you a Graphic Designer?
Well, It started with drawing on back side of notebooks followed by playing with imaginary superheroes inside my head, then watching super cool shows on cartoon network all day. It was clear to me that I want to do some creative job when I grow up. So I was passionate enough to take this field seriously and gave most importance to self learning through Internet and here I am still learning and creating something creative everyday :)

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
Honestly, I have done Computer Science from Delhi University. It took me 2 years to make my parents understand that I could make a good and happy living through Animation/Design Industry job also. Finally, when I was in the 3rd year of my graduation I joined MAAC for Advance Diploma in 3D animation. But after 1 year I left the institute because I was not interested in 3D Animation at that time.
After that through self learning and lots of ‘Pencil Ghissing’ I joined 2D Animation Industry and practice
a lot.

Vishal Kullarwar : Photographer

Vishal started out to become an engineer but destiny had another career option in the offing. Astrange love for the visual art introduced him to the cameraand a ray of light appeared in an otherwise dark room. Ridden by this passion, he decided to save his dad some money and a lot of embarrassment by dropping out of college to chase his dream of becoming a photographer. His formal journey began with astopover at a Canadian graphic design college.He cut his teeth with reputed design houses and not-so-reputed ad agencies. Soon he shifted his focus back tothe viewfinder. He started off by assisting a top-notch photographer in India for over 2 years. Soon after, he caught a flight to Paris and then Hamburg for a honeymoon with his first love. Photography, that is, just in case some other thoughts are flirting your mind.

Vishal returned to India and went solo with his very own fashion and advertising studio. With a unique eye that smoothly blends the occident with the orient, he quickly shot to fame and carved a niche in the photography industry. Equally at ease in fashion, advertising and editorial work, Vishal describes his work as a result of wanderlust and evolution.These characteristics of the constantly changing fashion world reflect on his photographs as well.

Anardent aficionado of Richard Avedon – the genius top celebrity photographer- Vishal respects (not worships, mind you) his mentor by preferring to eschew the ‘pretty’ and bring out the stark underlying ‘reality’ of the subject.

Considered provocative yet soulful, his client and publication credits currently includes a rich repertoire of international& Indian magazines such as ELLE, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Chew&Swank Glossy, to name a few. He has also collaborated with leading ad agencies such as Ogilvy, Leo Burnett, BMB Madisson, BBH, Percept H and many more. Current international work includes – Poland’s Next Top Model, Lux, Formula 1 Team Force One India, etc.

An alchemist behind the lens, offering his most comprehensive art featuring top models, designers, advertising campaigns, fashion editorials, catalogs, etc. Also familiar with the commercial work that includes the Team ForceIndia project in his credit. He has exhibited his work in the prestigious D & AD awards (London), The World Press Photo, the Dubai Media City (IBDA), Lalit Kala Academy etc. Ventured out on his own seven years ago in the ever-demanding modern fashion world, Vishals passion for visual beauty and perfection continues to impress many today.