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Sumouli Dutta, a doodle and illustration artist, tries her hand at creating a 2018 calendar of Indian Gods set apart from the all so common representation of the theme across common calendar art found through the country.

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Indian Gods
Indian Gods

Challenge

Inspired by the variety and depth of India’s mythology, Sumouli wanted to create an exclusive 2018 Hindu Avatar calendar based on selective Hindu gods of the millions worshipped in the country. However, the Indian belief that it is auspicious to start a month or each day looking and praying to gods and goddesses meant that Indian Hindu gods were the most commonly used topic to design or illustrate on a calendar. So her main idea and challenge was to create an exclusive calendar distinct from the usual by depicting a series of ‘cute, lively, quirky and bright coloured reusable avatars’ to be conveniently displayed on work desks, study tables or shelves.

Indian Gods
Indian Gods
Indian Gods

Solution

Since the idea was to give a new look, feel and use altogether, this intention made her work a little more hard to break the stereotypical form of illustration and do it differently. The journey of learning and reading mythological stories before sketching was thus very insightful. She then searched and scribbled ideas and facts of each of the avatars she found to be interesting from the context of what she wished to create, hence trying to bring cute elements through facial expressions, colours and the Vahanas (vehicles). The illustrative process was mainly carried out using software such as Procreate and Autodesk Sketchbook on an iPad and laptop. Further, instead of making a normal desk calendar, she made a series of postcards that could be reused once the month got over i.e. the calendar’s dates could be cut off and the illustrated avatar could be framed and hung on the wall or displayed in other ways suitable to the user – probably offered even as a gift. She used binder clips to make a stand, hence giving it a unique look.

Indian Gods
Indian Gods
Indian Gods

The Result

The result was a fun, unique, vibrant and playful 2018 Hindu gods calendar. It prominently featured major sacred Indian avatars such as Shree Ganesha, the hugely popular god who represents satiation and security; Saraswati Mata, the goddess of knowledge; Shree Krishna, Hanuman, who stands as a symbol of strength; Brahma, referred to as the supreme creator; Vishnu, the one who maintains the balance in the universe; Shiva, destroyer of the old and a few others. What a way to count days!

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Indian Gods
Indian Gods
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Every designer wish to be independent and willing to jump into the word of freelance but most of them unaware of the fundamental challenges of the initial phase. So, we dedicated this issue to freelancers and interviewed some established and talented designers to dig deep for the expert advice. Kevin Roodhorst on the other hand, an experienced freelancer from Amsterdam, has recently shifted to be a full-timer with an Agency says “Freelancing is not all roses!” and shared the best way to survive as a freelancer! So, whether you are a freelancer or planning to be one, this issue is a must-read. Go ahead and order your copy here or subscribe to not miss any future issues!

 

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Showcasing new packaging design trends making their mark this fresh year. Check out all that’s new and all that’s found its way from the past into the present. There’s so much to discover!

Design, design everywhere! There is so much design in this world, today, considering the wide range of applications that it has. No doubt, it has become so much more relevant now than in the past. If you take a good look at it, you realise how design has changed across various mediums in time and taken new shape and perspective.

 

With that in mind, here we highlight some of the new trends that have found their way into the existing design scenario and those that have carried on through generations to come forth even in current times. Take a good look; you never know what it might strike!

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Flat Design

Flat is in. Something that has been in vogue for a long time now, it continues to remain the ideal way of display, presentation and functionality as well. The classic flat can be seen in various shapes and patterns up to this day. Be it squares or rectangles, the flat is here to stay.

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Minimal Design

Minimal is the new thing to do. Gone are the days of congested, over-informative and heavily loaded design with overwhelming patterns, colours and shapes. Instead, design has grown to become not only smart but so also ‘essential’. That just makes it easier to focus attention on what really matters, doesn’t it? Clear, simple minimal.

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Designed by
– Łobzowska Studio and Marysia Markowska

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The Colors

Bold Colors

“Colour, colour, which colour do you want?” Remember the game? Well, when it comes to current design, the answer is pretty clear and simple – Bold colours. They strike the eye well and stand out in a space filled with so many different shades without much effort. Bold is the new gold, indeed. It does the job and in a striking fashion, that’s hard to miss.

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Packaging

Designed by Marco Serena

Packaging

Pastel Colors

Pastel colours are quite contrary to the widespread trend of bold tones and shades. That is one of the reasons they go so well with subtle messages that need to find their way through the clutter of loud designing. It is one way to be heard and seen without creating an unnecessary fuss in a space that is filled with noisy and flashy features.

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Designed by Creatsy Official

Packaging

Designed by ChocoToy cute


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Bold Typography

Bold is big and bold is beautiful. It speaks loud and clear, without room for doubt, thus putting across the message in a way that leaves no scope for any kind of distortion or dilution. It has, for this very reason, become so much of a trend to find big and bold typo in bold shades and backgrounds. Look around, it’s everywhere.

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Patterns & Shapes

Geometric

Geometry is present in everything. Right from a needle to the very solar system, everything is geometric in nature – something worth considering when it comes to design too. After all, geometry is perfection and can never feel wrong if all is in sync. So also with the design elements, the right geometry never fails.

Packaging

Designed by oraviva! designers

Packaging

Designed by IWANT design

Custom Shapes and Elements

Made to fulfill the need of the hour based on the relevant context of communication, custom shapes and elements such as hand-drawn illustrations give an unmimicable touch to branding. They need not necessarily be symmetric or “perfect” in size and proportion but more a trademark style. What better than an un-mimicable touch, isn’t it!
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Packaging

Designed by Lucas Wakamatsu

Vintage

The term “Vintage” speaks for itself and needs no real explanation. It is synonymous of a strong level of integrity and effect that has lasted the test of time without compromising on its originality. “Vintage” will never be old; it is here to stay for a long time to come if not forever.

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Packaging

Designed by
– Auge Design and Giovanni Stillittano

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Doodles/ Illustrative

Doodle-doodle on the wall, haven’t we all?  Well, this is a trend that had lasted generations and seems to never get old—’cause doodles are always fun, spontaneous and hence unique, never exactly the same as another. That is why they’ve found their way well in the design culture too and are highly impactful especially with the youth.

Packaging

Designed by Backbone Branding

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Unusual Materials & Shapes

The unusual never fails to be noticed and make an impression. So also it is when it comes to design – everything from weird shapes to all kinds of materials, the sky is the limit. With the kind of tools available today, it is not difficult to execute that which is not so common. No shape is odd and no material is wrong.

Packaging

Designed by Backbone Branding


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Holographic Effects

The holographic effect used to be ‘the’ thing to do at one point in time due to its shiny, glittery nature. It is here to stay, though, as it finds it s way into the current design scene. The lure of the vintage never fails to shine even in new times. Holographs would catch our eye on any given day, including today apparently.

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Designed by Anagrama Studio


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Gradients in Packaging

Now, here’s something new and definitely worthwhile. One shade just doesn’t seem enough sometimes, so there’s a whole range of it. Just a tone lighter or a shade darker can create and put together a whole series of gradient design. Isn’t that amazing, the entire rainbow is available to put on display!

Inspiring Packaging
Packaging

Designed by Marco Serena

Packaging

Designed by Backbone Branding

Reaching out to the Indian society for social issues is not everyone’s cup of tea. But some master this art and show us how this can be done by being bold yet sensitive. Browse through Geeta Parulekar’s work to get an idea!

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With creativity running in her blood, Geeta always wanted to create something unique apart from the regular college assignments. This got her illustrating on social issues like rape, LGBT and racism to name a few, believing in the fact that this was the right way to present her thoughts to the public.

While researching on the social issue of the time, LGBT, Geeta came to the realisation that ‘Love has no gender’. Playing cards are something that is seen and used by everyone in our society. The face cards portray two same-gender beings on a single card and this became Geeta’s inspiration for her LGBT project illustrations.

Her style of illustrations is delicate and subtle, aimed at addressing extremely bold topics or social issues without hurting anyone. A fan of the vintage look and the Indian traditional miniature style of art, her artwork has a reflection of the same. To make LGBT more acceptable in the society, Geeta not only restricted herself to creating illustrations for publications but also designed motifs for t-shirts and coasters to support the movement.

The LGBT project illustrates all the three sexual orientations on three types of playing cards i.e. gay, lesbians and heterosexuals. The fourth card reveals the message of the campaign – ‘Love has no gender’

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Every designer wish to be independent and willing to jump into the word of freelance but most of them unaware of the fundamental challenges of the initial phase. So, we dedicated this issue to freelancers and interviewed some established and talented designers to dig deep for the expert advice. Kevin Roodhorst on the other hand, an experienced freelancer from Amsterdam, has recently shifted to be a full-timer with an Agency says “Freelancing is not all roses!” and shared the best way to survive as a freelancer! So, whether you are a freelancer or planning to be one, this issue is a must-read. Go ahead and order your copy here or subscribe to not miss any future issues!

 

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Ankur Patar

Ankur Patar has won many national and international awards during his journey. With over 13 years of advertising experience, Ankur has worked with agencies such as DDB, JWT, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, McCan, Adobe, Femina, Puma, Lenovo and many more.


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Real is believable. But abstract teases the imagination. You don’t have to choose one of the two while creating. Mixing reality with abstract is the way to go according to digital artist Ankur Singh Patar. Whether it’s creating a portrait or manipulating a photograph, the digital art is capable of going as far as your imagination can take it. He shares what to keep in mind when working on the digital medium.

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Let your artwork play the guessing game.

Realism, disguised with abstraction, makes for an interesting artwork. Abstract art has no boundaries, no set of protocols and no clear message. The fun part is that even though you’ve created the piece with a certain subject in mind, every viewer will comprehend it according to their thinking and imagination and arrive at different conclusions. Realism is important because it helps to connect with the viewers.

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The challenge is to re-create the already-created.

When a famous personality is your subject, it’s important to think beyond how others have portrayed him/her. It gives you the chance to surprise not only yourself as an artist but also the audience. Doing some research, like going through some of the best creative works on the subject, is always recommended. You’ll notice that most portraits are hand-drawn sketches or paintings. That’s why exploring the digital medium can work wonders as it gives you limitless scope and opportunities to experiment.

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Creating digital portraits makes your work stand out. It also allows for the beautiful creation and merging of abstract elements along with unique colours. Now that’s different!

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Colours are the protagonists.

Our subconscious mind is capable of communicating with colours. After all, they are the expressions of our emotions, feelings, thoughts and moods. That’s why, most of the time, you’ll find that the colours you chose were done without a thought. Sometimes it’s better not to plan them and let them be spontaneous. However, sometimes they need to be monitored with respect to the design. A primary colour is an important ingredient as it sets the mood. Including a splash of contrasting colours supports and emphasizes the message and feeling which are embedded in the design.

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A colour on its own is incomplete.

Colours are like a language. Like certain words hold different meanings when used in different contexts, so do colours. You can use the same colour to represent smile in one artwork and laughter in another. It’s how you combine it with other colours and look at a painting as a whole to tell the complete story.

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Photo manipulation is not an easy way out.

Using real photographs in your artwork and building around it is equally challenging. You need the right photographs to begin with. Once you’ve got it, you start planning what effect or things you want to do with it. The best way is to work along the way and alter your design a numerous times before you finish. You add an element and then may be tomorrow when you look at it again, you replace it with something better. That’s how your design grows and a photograph evolves from a subject into a story and finally becomes a piece of art.

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To meet the ever-changing demands of the Indian urban homes to be in-sync with the contemporary trends and lifestyles, Godrej is launching its new design brand Script outlined by Codesign.

The Challenge

The script is a new brand by Godrej & Boyce, offering contemporary furniture & decor accessories across mass-premium, urban markets in India.

 

Urban home living today throws up a new set of challenges via changing social behaviour, space availability, family structures, aspirations and global exposure to design and lifestyle. This necessitated a re-imagination of furniture—from lifestyles that adapt to established forms of furniture, to furniture that responds and adapts to activities & behaviour. Urban India as we know it, is changing—with people trying to find more meaning and relevance in everything they do, from food to fashion, work & mobility, it’s the time of new living.

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The Script Project

The Solution

Contemporary India’s active pursuit of an openness to change formed the premise of design thinking for Script products & services. Codesign was commissioned in the early days of product development, to work in close collaboration with the internal project team, to identify & articulate the core brand idea and create a visual identity system through audios and visuals for the new brand.

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The Script Project

Framing the Brand Narrative

‘Design for New Living’ is the soul of the Script brand, capturing the urban zeitgeist and acting as the north star for brand content—embedding a clear point-of-view within all communication.. ‘Design’ denotes the design-led approach of the brand, cueing both the purpose-built capability and higher aesthetic quotient and craftsmanship of the brand. ‘New Living’ denotes new practices or ways of living, that answer to challenges and aspirations of contemporary living.

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The Script Project

Creating a Visual Vocabulary

The visual vocabulary for Script establishes an instantly recognizable and distinct aesthetic for the brand using fresh playful design elements in a cohesive and graphical play, evoking the core sense of newness & change.

 

The brand logo is a simple, sophisticated mark, that exudes warmth while standing out with its geometric construction. Derived from the logo, four Graphic Elements (the bar, bend, ring & half ring) open up a whole ecosystem of activity and play for the design language—cueing the smart agility & adaptability of the products.

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The Script Project

The primary palette of Script, black & white provides a simple, yet bold canvas, to allow a variable colour play that is theme/product focussed and allows diverse storytelling about products and experience ecosystems.

 

Generously paced layouts and flexible grids allow for a simple but striking display of content. Photography guidelines set the framework for a distinct staging of product & settings that allow clear emphasis on functionality & form, and through consistency also build stronger brand recall.

Identity in Motion

On-screen, the visual vocabulary of the Script comes alive through audio-visual expressions with a characteristic motion—the Shift. Rhythmic & bold, the Shift moves with consistent pace and ease, to unveil new content and settings. The Shift moves on a simple grid across screens, allowing for greater consistency, while varying in orientation and scale.

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The Logo signature uses only the characteristic Shift behaviour to decisively mark the beginning or end of branded content. While other elements in on-screen communication also use the Shift behaviour to move, its use in the logo signature reiterates brand presence through its starkness and simplicity.

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The Graphic Elements inherit the Shift as the characteristic transition device and are designed for use both as single units and gridded patterns. A secondary expression of the Graphic Elements was designed to mark occasional communication, like a new season, range etc and uses 3-dimensional avatars of the elements with relevant surface treatments, suspended with gentle motion in space.

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The Sound of New Living

The sonic identity of the brand celebrates the decisive motion of the Shift motion behaviour. Global, contemporary and agile—the master soundscape has multiple layers grounded in a base staccato string that complement the pace of motion. The instrumental character of the soundscape is balanced with an electronic undertone and harp-like sounds to infuse lightness and fluidity. The combination of diverse sounds within the composition evokes the diversity and adaptability of the brand products and appeals to a contemporary, global sensibility. The sound logo is a distilled essence of the soundscape and emphasises the bold pace of the logo signature animation as a stand-alone marker of a brand.

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The Script Project

And The Result

Script marks the entry of the Godrej group into a new segment that is sharply differentiated from their established budget furniture brand Interio. It addresses emerging needs of contemporary lifestyle & home spaces and delivers solutions backed by Godrej’s intrinsic culture of design & manufacturing innovation. The freshness of the solution strategically enables a brand name as established as Godrej to reconnect with newer urban audiences and stand apart from its existing offering in the budget segment.

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Client: Godrej & Boyce
Branding & Identity Design: Codesign
Moton & Sonic Design Partner: Addikt
Image Credits: All brand images & footage, courtesy Script.

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The magic of Indian mythology and its epic tales takes people by awe and surprise all throughout the world. They are intrigued by it in a way which makes them believers and followers of the same.

Indian Mythology

Considering Indian mythology as an ontological cosmological model, Giampaolo feels that it describes human sense in a poetic manner expressible by art.

 

Kamala Subramaniam’s colourful version of the Mahabharata, explaining the tragic attempt of humanity to elevate themselves from lower individual consciousness to a universal spiritual liberated condition, inspired Giampaolo to create his illustrative versions of the Mahabharata.

Indian Mythology

Before illustrating characters, Giampaolo does an intense research and study about them. He combines the understandings of the characters and the scenes from the explanations of the Mahabharat, descriptions from Bhaktivedanta and Srimad Bhagavatam’s texts and also the interpretations of a sanyasi as some of the information is purely from oral traditions.

Indian Mythology

To have a better understanding of the Indian culture and mythology, he even visited India in 2011. He spent some time at the School of Drama, New Delhi where he had the opportunity to go through the texts about history of Indian costumes. He returned back to Italy with his mind impregnated with details from the past.

Indian Mythology

Hand-Art: An Exclusivity

The difference between hand-made art and digital art is extremely similar to meeting people in actuality and meeting people over social networking sites. The coming in of digital art has not washed away the other forms of art. In the past, there has been a wide variety of expressions using various techniques and these pieces of art have been more dominant than the present day art pieces, barring a few. The beauty of the hand-made art lies in the human touch it has, which is missing from the digital art. It is exclusive in the way that one can feel the surface and texture of the hand-made painting by touching it and also feel the gestures and the strokes used by the artist to create the master piece.

Indian Mythology
Indian Mythology

The Emotional Attachment With the Illustration

Choosing the scene to illustrate is an emotional process for Giampaolo. When reading the book, he reads it rationally while understanding the plot, the tales, the intricate relations and the feelings that the scene expresses. This helps him visualise the story in his mind simultaneously while reading. He illustrates the scene that moves him the most on an emotional front. For instance, the end of Bhishmadev Pitamah on the bed of arrows was something that Giampaolo did not wish to illustrate, but the emotional sentiment that the incident has, which explains the characteristic of a great warrior that Bhishma was, is what moved the artist and got him visualising this scene.

Indian Mythology

Art is Self-Rewarding

He is immensely submerged in a continuous cycle of art production to create works to be exhibited at the end of a cycle. At present, he is working around the idea of “order and chaos”, which starts from a chaotic distribution of colors, followed by carving figures of women, animals etc to re-establish the lost consciousness on known models to overcome the terror of the unknown. A big fan of Indian mythology, he is soon going to start illustrations on the epic story of Ramayana.

 

He believes that one always learns from their mistakes and that practice is the best teacher!

Indian Mythology
Indian Mythology

Wondering about the pros and cons of working for a publication or a media-house? Get an insight of what it is like to work for a media-house from the first-hand experience of illustrator, Gajanan D. Nirphale.

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Having had the opportunity of exercising his skills as a concept artist with Fabeliser in 2015, Gajanan says that illustration is not just his passion but is his love!

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Bright prospects of exploring and honing illustration skills in various topics like crime, education, politics, etc, all at the same time, got Gajanan working for DNA And Zee Media. This also gives him a chance to experiment with different styles across a wide range of projects like building storyboards, character designing and portraits.

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Illustrating for a Publication
AMITABH BACHCHAN (AGNIPATH)

Talking about the motivational factors influencing the decision making to work for a particular publication or newspaper, Gajanan considers the range of exposure of project typology, the target audience of the company and the monetary rewards are the most important.

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When Challenges Become Advantageous!

Working as an illustrator, innovation and time limit are the biggest challenges for Gajanan. Taking into account the newspaper media, the outputs have to be an immediate and witty creation in response to the latest that is happening in the country.

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NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI

This wittiness needs to be accompanied by simplicity in understanding, so as to reach out to the broad audience in terms of age groups and intellect, all throughout the country. And this can be achieved by a simple exercise of observation, wherever one is. Mumbai locals work best for Gajanan!

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AMIR KHAN

This way, the challenges actually become the means for the illustrator to keep up with the ever-increasing competition and help keep the publication house at the top. It also helps the illustrators’ individual growth in terms of quick mind-visualisations and their digital execution, thus working as a tool for speed-efficiency and functioning as a confidence-booster!

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RAJSAHEB THACKRE

Inspirations are Wonders!

Speaking of inspirations, Gajanan follows a lot of senior illustrators and also feels that nature casts its own magical inspirational spell on him. To get the best out of him, Gajanan understands the required topic in depth from the reporter in-charge and then fuses his inspirations with the trending topic to create an illustration in tandem with the amalgamation. Whereas creating portraits completely depends upon the character and its background.

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@Copyright, Not to Worry!

In today’s digital world of art and everything is so easily available and downloadable, the problem of copyright is a major concern for artists and their valuable work. A publication house has its own registered copyright and working with/for them provides the artist with the security of their individual work being used by others only with permission.

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The Driving Force

Gajanan feels that professional security comes from within. The style is an individualised element: it eliminates the fear of someone copying it. The combination of passion and practice is strong enough to guarantee an artist the security needed. Passion urges a person to know more and be updated while practice makes a man perfect, as the famous saying goes. This combination along with a keen eye for observation and a challenging spirit to try new things is the success mantra for any artist!

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Every designer wish to be independent and willing to jump into the word of freelance but most of them unaware of the fundamental challenges of the initial phase. So, we dedicated this issue to freelancers and interviewed some established and talented designers to dig deep for the expert advice. Kevin Roodhorst on the other hand, an experienced freelancer from Amsterdam, has recently shifted to be a full-timer with an Agency says “Freelancing is not all roses!” and shared the best way to survive as a freelancer! So, whether you are a freelancer or planning to be one, this issue is a must-read. Go ahead and order your copy here or subscribe to not miss any future issues!

 

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Magic transpires when designers unleash their true potential. Studio’s website is a platform where designers showcases part of themselves; the culture, the values and most importantly the capabilities. Since constraints are close to none, the thrill is also like none other and experimenting with otherwise distant ideas turn into a reality.

Every designer here is a king; the platform is a home ground where every inch is known and every control in own hands. With power comes responsibility and every designer considers the below mentioned pointers by Lollypop Studio to ensure they set the benchmark:

1. Culture is Design

Culture is beautiful, it adds so many colours to human existence and at the same time provides a uniqueness to a group of people. Similarly, every studio has its own culture, its own way of doing things, its own set of values and ethos. Design can visually communicate the studios vibes with visitors as soon as they get on the platform. Good design embeds culture and it flows in design so seamlessly, so tastefully, that it triggers the emotions within everyone who visit the site and sets that subconscious connection which otherwise is not possible. About us and Career Pages can mirror behind the scenes.


2. Thrive on Design Wizardry

Design unicorns are the most sought after and its true. But, every studio has a niche that they excel in and showing off the core is a great idea. This could probably ease the efforts required in realizing the dream that every studio aspires to such as big brands, kickass ideas and cool designs. Paint the bigger picture, of course; but always hit the right chords.


3. Experiment Leads to Innovation

Being at the forefront of creativity and usability, designers need to experiment with the latest trends and technology that fall in line with the studio. It can be completely crazy and mind-blowing concepts with elements never heard or seen; however, these elements should not confuse users or site visitors. Every element should be meaningful yet novice and should fall together like pieces of an intriguing puzzle. From micro-interactions to illustrations to layout to navigation, everything can be experimented with and mark an era of new design language. Iterating and staying abreast with technological and design change offers an advantage and lends an upper hand when selling to clients.


4. Give Attention to Soul of Studio

If heart stops pumping the blood, everything falls apart. Similarly, if the required attention is not given to the work that has been crafted, everything will go for a toss. Take time to present your designs beautifully; it should centre around the challenges and crafted solutions and not beautiful mock-ups. And, they should open at the landing page itself, keeping the principle of ‘Don’t make users think’ intact. This has to be the selling point and should showcase the competitive advantage that can be shaped by the studio.


5. Don’t Follow – Lead!

World is a funny place as it asks for proofs time and again even after you have set your mark. And, with ever changing digital ecosystem, it becomes all the more important to set the benchmark in the field of design. So, why not be a leader and among the first few adopters who sets the standards and benchmarks for the rest? Design a new website with every changing year or the two bringing in the innovative elements and mirroring the new trends; better, create your own trends! This is also the cleverest move to stay ahead of competition. Constant change can be beautifully moulded into an advantage while creativity stays at
its best.


6. Show-off the Unique Self

A peek into the design process and studio life through pictures and a culture video can pump up an enticing lot of energy into website design. The tiniest of emotional connect matters and move visitors when it hits the right chord. Pictures and videos also drives the trust factor as visitors watch how the words are being lived up to.

Conclusion

There can never be a right or wrong way of designing, it is pervasive and ironically subjective. With billion perceptions and ever-growing technological advancements, it’s easier to strive to deliver to the best of capabilities keeping learning and unlearning at the centre. Happy Designing!

Author: Sathish Natarajan, Lead UI Designer
Image Credit: Preethika Asokan, Illustrator

Illustrator, Parvati Pillai, tells us how trying out new styles and forms of illustration are key for a designer to grow at one’s craft and expand one’s scope of work in current context.

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Various Styles Takes Conscious Effort

The art style and colour palette are very important to Parvati in storytelling, especially if designing for a particular target audience in mind. She tries to use colours and intricate patterns to incorporate various illustration styles. Like most artists, she has a natural inclination to a particular colour and illustration style. As a result of such tendencies, it takes a lot of effort to move away from it and consciously make choices to choose something new and work on something out of the box.

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Poster. Designed for Spring Demoday at Medialab, Aalto University
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Designs created for a wide range of products in the Chumbak’s Gold Collection

This challenge is what makes illustrating through various styles exciting and motivating. Also, this way ensures that one keeps coming up with new stuff from time to time without getting entangled in the same kind of work. One can only unearth their potential by discovering new forms, mediums, styles and so on in the process of trying to create fresh designs or illustrative work.

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Egg Skillet. Sunny spring recipe for 36 Days of Food
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Flying Dreams. Collaboration with Taxi Fabric was celebrating the concept of Mumbai as India’s 'City of Dreams'
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Flying Dreams. Collaboration with Taxi Fabric was celebrating the concept of Mumbai as India’s 'City of Dreams'

It is a Lot Like Science

It is all about experimentation. Parvati constantly tries to explore new subjects and experiment with new techniques. She aims to keep herself motivated and to keep practising different illustration styles in her free time. Her MacBook Pro and Wacom graphics tablet are her apparatus in this process, thereby – the two things she cannot work without. Likewise, she also enjoys working with inks and clay while she is currently exploring knitting and embroidery. This serves as a strong and healthy way to work with different mediums and see the potential that lies in them.

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Dream Machine. Collaboration with Taxi Fabric, celebrating the concept of Mumbai as India’ 'City of Dreams'
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Dream Machine. Collaboration with Taxi Fabric, celebrating the concept of Mumbai as India’ 'City of Dreams'

Parvati spends a major portion of a project’s time on ideation and iteration. She likes to take her time with the composition of the illustration and carefully choose her colour palettes. She also tries to evoke feelings of joy and bring out the intricacies of everyday life in my work. For her, illustration is a form of reflection and is inspired from life.

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Print for Coaster. Design created for Chumbak's dinning range
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A social media Illustration for Chumbak, celebrating spirit of Onam with Chumbak

For Money, Planning Ahead Always Helps

It is important to always have enough savings for emergencies, feels Parvati, as they may arise at any point of time without any indication. Likewise, she always tries to take up some projects for paying clients so that she has sufficient money to explore her creative and artistic endeavours. For some people, this may be a compromise but it is essential to her so that she may be able to sustain her creativity. Each one has their own style and approach to doing things, and whatever works for one is what one must do as the same size does not really fit all. Finally, practice and hard work are the most important things.

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Lebanon. Celebrating the different cultures found around the world
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Moving to Helsinki. Personal Illustration capturing the magic of my first autumn

One must be tenacious and maintain a positive attitude. Even if luck does not favour, persistence can take one more than just quite far; it can make all the difference. Even luck favours those who are persistent in their journey and don’t back down in spite of any odds they might face along the way.

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Finland. Celebrating the different cultures found around the world
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Print for Food Mat. Design created for Chumbak's dinning range
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Published in Issue 42

Every designer wish to be independent and willing to jump into the word of freelance but most of them unaware of the fundamental challenges of the initial phase. So, we dedicated this issue to freelancers and interviewed some established and talented designers to dig deep for the expert advice. Kevin Roodhorst an experienced freelancer from Amsterdam, has recently shifted to be a full-timer with an Agency says “Freelancing is not all roses!” and shared the best way to survive as a freelancer. So, whether you are a freelancer or planning to be one, this issue is a must-read. Go ahead and order your copy here or subscribe to not miss any future issues!

 

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