The force of nature is both powerful and beautiful at the same time. It shapes things and leaves behind its fingerprints, as if building on a work of art. Ceramic artist Kriti Chaudhary traces this artistry of time on a clay sculpture. She explains her insights and process.

Ceramic Art

Stroke of An Idea

Having spent a lot of time watching and observing a collection of rock-cut stones, which preserved the marks of nature and fossilised remains, the artist drew inspiration from the natural processes like erosion and changes through time and nature. The marks and traces left behind by these natural geological processes, a build up of sedimentary layers and patina over a passage of time gave way to a string of ideas. Fascinated by these varied forms left over the course of time, the objective became to evoke these ideas in the artwork.

Undertanding The Canvas

The area of interest lay in experimenting with the ceramic surface. Nature and the passage of time formed the core ideas. The surfaces, marks, textures, scratched, scraped or drawn by forces in nature tend to reveal hidden layers of narrative and offer a unique visual experience. At the same time, a personal story was instilled into the ceramic surfaces that reflect its creation and impart to it a sense of history.

On The Job

The work involved a deliberate non-use of glaze in an attempt to achieve a more natural look and retain the surface quality of clay. By making use of cracks and fissures, natural and organic materials were incorporated that left its fingerprint in the clay. These marks were then layered with metallic oxides to bring out the textural quality of the surfaces and suggest ideas of weathering and traces left behind as remains or fossils.

Alternative firing techniques like smoke pit firing and saggar firing were used in order to develop unique markings. The clay surface was subjected to various elements like heat, smoke, oxides and other combustible materials to develop marks and colour. Experiments with the markings of line and colour by wrapping the pots with salt soaked cloth, wire, organic material etc. were done. Also these surfaces with flashings of colour were an evidence of a literal passage of time during the smoke firing process, emphasising on the history of creation of each piece.

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Coming from a country of stories and storytellers, Indian animation professionals are sitting on a gold reserve. Yet, we are miles behind the Western world. We spoke to few leading names to find out the reason and understand the Indian animator’s sensibilities and practices The house unanimously opined that we need to develop more original ideas and also create exclusive stories for animation, rather than going the other way round…


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Shrenik Jain

A Radio Jockey turned HR Manager who is hustling his way to contribute towards the future of HRM. Shrenik Jain is a postgraduate (PGCHRM) from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Started his headhunting journey with Appiness Interactive Pvt. Ltd., a design studio and technology consulting firm based out of Bengaluru. He is an ardent football follower and seasonal Game of Thrones geek.

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The photographer Jasminder Oberai shares quick tips and tricks to capture the landscape in better frames.

Capture Landscapes in a Better Frame

Understand Light

The first and foremost requirement of good landscape photography is light. One has to understand how light behaves and must be able to ‘see’ light. Nothing will work if the quality of light is not good. Light is the soul of your image and it will always be the differentiating factor between a dynamic or lifeless image.

Capture Landscapes in a Better Frame

Being There at the Right Time and Moment

Life of a studio photographer is a lot about f/8 and 1/125, but it’s a jungle out there for a landscape photographer. There is only one source of light i.e. the sun and that is what makes the life of a landscape photographer most challenging. You must keep in mind that light continuously changes in intensity throughout the day. The sun will rise and set at different angles and different times.


It is important to do homework before going for the shoot to ensure you do not get disappointed. Go through the weather forecast, find out exact time for sunrise and sunset and time your visit to perfection to maximize your chances for great shots. Missing the right moment makes you miss a great shot.

Understand your Camera

Apart from being able to see and understand light, you must also know your camera like the back of your palm. Light changes very fast and rarely does it give you sufficient time to fiddle around with your camera settings. If you are not familiar with your camera, you are going to miss that golden moment and it will show in your final output.

Master your Exposure

It is the key to good landscape photography. You must understand how meter works in different lighting situations. For instance, while clicking snow, the biggest challenge lies in camera’s metering system. Brightly lit and fresh snow is about 1.5 to 2 stops brighter than 18% grey which is what your camera meter expects to see. This will result in snow appearing grey in colour. You should compensate with putting your meter setting to +1/3 or +1 stop to make it look perfect white. However, be careful that it does not blow out the details from snow.

Play with Light and Shadows

Where there is light, there will be a shadow. Understand the play of light and shadow and chose your angle and composition carefully to bring out a nice contrasting relationship between the two. Presence of shadows adds depth to the image and they add life to otherwise dull and flat images if composed and exposed well. Take care to leave some details in shadow areas.

Clicking in the Twilight

It is one of the most interesting landscape photography techniques. Do not leave the scene after the sun has set. Instead, take out your tripod and shutter release to shoot most interesting landscape photographs. The low light landscape photography poses its own challenges but the results make the efforts worth every penny. The best time to shoot twilight landscapes are around half an hour before the sunset and may last around half an hour after the sunset. To get best results, minimize the chances of camera shake. Mirror lock option adds to the quality of image produced.

Panoramas Capture the Expanse

There is no better way to show the vastness of a stunning landscape. No wide angle lens can ever do justice. Keep the camera at the same level to shoot all pictures to be used for the final image. Overlap your images at least by 15% to 20%. Meter the entire scene manually to ensure proper exposure. Finally, do some post-processing before stitching the images to create the final panorama.

Compose it Well

To create an image that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, understand the rules of composition. It always helps in creating visually pleasing landscape images. Never put the horizon in center. Use Rule of thirds to place the horizon properly in your image. Leading lines take the eye of the viewer from one point to another, thus helping the viewer stay longer on the image.

Know the Rules to Break the Rules

Rules may give you a starting point, but they do not determine the ultimate effect of your image. Do not be afraid to break or ignore them. As in own words of the celebrated photographer Ansel Adams, “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs”

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Coming from a country of stories and storytellers, Indian animation professionals are sitting on a gold reserve. Yet, we are miles behind the Western world. We spoke to few leading names to find out the reason and understand the Indian animator’s sensibilities and practices The house unanimously opined that we need to develop more original ideas and also create exclusive stories for animation, rather than going the other way round…


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He observes, delves and emerges with his own version of reality. Caricaturist Shijo Varghese remains true to his subject while reflecting his observations. Concentrating on parts, he lets them come together to narrate the true character and spirit portrayed by unreal proportions. He explains how.

the Subject with Soulful Distortion
Messi. Personal work. About the football superstar by Shijo Varghese
Danny-DeVito. Personal work. About the comedian-actor

A Caricature should Appeal to the Soul

When a caricature is taken up with a conscious mind, the result is impressive. However, when it is taken up with a desiring heart, the result is appealing. A true caricature charms not just the eye, but the soul.


A caricaturist must take to his drawing board as meditation, losing himself to the organic growth of the thought and lines. That’s when the subjects rise to become what he wants them to be while staying as close to the true character as possible.

the Subject with Soulful Distortion
Sreesanth. For Stumped!, a collection of 2011 world cup winning Indian team
Harbhajan Singh. Done for Stumped! a collection of 2011 world cup winning Indian team

Humans are a Sum Total of Parts

A caricaturist not just observes, but dissects. He studies not just the character of every person, but the characteristic features as well. The eyes, nose, lips or hair complements the happy, sad, positive or negative vibe that the subject exudes.


Generally, subjects have distinctive features that instantly catch the eye of an artist. In such cases, it becomes easy to exaggerate them and create the caricature. In other cases, the artist needs to dig deep into the subject and find out which feature or aspect to playing with. Distortion can go to any extent but the fact remains that it should not take away the person’s soul.

Shijo and Tintu. Personal work. Caricature of self and wife
Vrooom!. A collection of Formula One drivers’ caricatures by Shijo Varghese

Style Grows Forever

A style that blossoms with time is an accomplishment. There is no greater joy than creating a new phenomenon every time the pencil gets to work. Creations that evolve naturally, liberally and timelessly are the ones that bridge the real world with the virtual.


However, the focus should be on getting the subject’s essence, whichever style you may choose. Strokes, textures, patterns and everything else follows. Spontaneity is a big tool that every caricaturist must employ. Ideas come in when you are not looking for it. Making that the trigger point often results in uninhibited, impartial creations.

Bernie Ecclestone. Personal work about personalities of F1 2011 in India
Yuvraj Singh. Done for Stumped!, a collection of 2011 world cup winning Indian team

Know it before Distorting it

For every caricaturist, it is very important to have a very good understanding of anatomy and proportions to do good work. We should know the basics before distorting or exaggerating. It is alright to look at subjects with an eye of humour. But ultimately, the job of a caricaturist is to express the characteristic essence of the subject.

Sachin Tendulkar by Shijo Varghese
Amitabh Bachchan. Personal work. A take on the icon

Humour with Care

There is a thin line that separates humour from sarcasm. Therefore it is important to honour the former while communicating the core message. Employing free-spirited strokes, ever new shading techniques and an understanding of the subject results in insightful humour and most importantly, being true to the character. Who said caricatures can only tickle the rib? It has all the power to take care of the mind too!

Roger Federer. Personal work. Interpretation of the tennis superstar
Steve Jobs. Personal work. Recreating the charm of the genius

There is a Ctrl Z for Everything

That’s one benefit of the digital technology. One doesn’t need to worry much about the final product. The ‘ctrl z’ solves everything for everyone. At the same time, it takes away the raw charm of working with pencils. The basic process of putting pencil to paper brings with it lots of ad venture, experiment and learning.


Pencils can be used in various ways as per the need. Strokes and shading style moulds itself as per y our thought. And there is a virtue in it. You’ll love every moment of creating, distorting and destructing. And this can never be delivered by any software.

Dwayne Bravo. Done for Howzaat, a collection of caricatures of members of the Chennai Super Kings team
Dhoni. Personal work. A take on the skipper

Never Give Up

Being able to draw is a gift from god. One should keep practising to improve one’s talent. Whatever time it takes, never stop or compromise with the quality. Make observation a habit and then a process. Most importantly, be your own critic. Remember, you loved it that’s why you are at it. And you can’t give up anything you love so easily!

Priyanka Chopra. Indian Actress by Shijo Varghese
Sergio Pérez. Formula One Driver

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With this issue, we are exploring yet another discipline of design – Web and UI. With the changing times, Indian designers are increasingly opting for this new medium. But are we really prepared to take the global challenge? What’s missing and what do we strive on? We invited few leading practitioners of the industry to deliberate on this issue.


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What happens when designs rise from a curious, innovative mind and meets the kind of expression that is liberating? What happens when designs are an amalgamation of ideas and inspirations accumulated across the life of a designer? Graphic Designer Neha Hattangdi explores these possibilities by exuding her inner self in every design to instinctively create a visual solution. She reflects on her thoughts and process.

Ideas Kindled by a Flame of Self-Expression!

Put Yourself Before The Process.

The process of creation begins with visuals conjuring up in the mind after the brief has been carefully read and the brand understood. In the visuals lies a cue to conquer the challenge that awaits at the end of the tunnel. Freeing the mind from opinions and limitations, playing along as the idea expands through the execution, design that dittoes the designer’s thoughts come into being. This spontaneous process is the most flexible and productive way to go ahead.

A series of posters inspired by the song ‘Aqueous Transmissions’ by Incubus.
Poster using type and photography to visualize a song and its meaning and emotion.

Design To Unveil And Educate.

A design school is nothing like working with clients. Working with assignments fare through easily. Whereas a design presented to the client has to stand a series of tests. Fitting well with brand guidelines, personality and objective and of course, personal liking. Some clients believe in playing safe, some may not know anything about design. The need of the hour varies with clients. So educating them becomes a part of a design presentation and convincing them, the objective. A good design is worth all that.

Branding, Illustration and Packaging for DUTCHBOY PAINTS

Meet People, Meet Ideas.

Interacting with people is surprisingly very inspiring. That’s what gives way to know their experiences, their inspirations and their work. Blogs, photographs, art, music etc can definitely be the source of inspiration but nothing beats a face to face conversation. It actually lifts the veil from some of the best work and the thought behind them. Moreover, in every conversation lie cues and insights that can strengthen a design and give ideas a long life.

Trash Talk. Combines illustrations with loud type and bright colors to bring in fun and humour to a dull subject
Trash Talk. Draws attention to the garbage produced every day, encouraging recycling
Trash Talk. Catches the eye of urban citizens and makes them realise the importance of recycling

Keep Yourself Detached From Your Idea.

There are all kinds of ideas. Some ideas are born brilliant, they just seem to make things work. While others could be troublesome and require a lot of time and energy to get chiselled before they look good and some just don’t work. The best way out is to never have an attachment with a particular idea or thought. If it has merit, it will survive. If not, you won’t like it anyway. Since being one’s own critic can be tough, feedback and opinions from others always come to rescue.

Branding for AIGA NOW
Branding for AIGA NOW
Branding for AIGA NOW

When Planning Ends, A Great Design Emerges.

A great design must be well-planted, not necessarily well-planned. After the subject, the elements need to fall in place.


However, the layout is best when it is spontaneous. It introduces a special thrill to the whole creation, apart from making it more engaging and challenging. The beauty of searching the mind while exploring new elements, whether they grace the layout or go, makes a design unpredictable, more innovative and intriguing.

Cover Design. For the book Trash Talk.
Trash Talk. Draws attention towards garbage produced everyday and the huge difference recycling can make

Freedom Is Being New, Every Time.

Though signature works for some, not giving in to following a particular style is liberating in its own way. A designer’s true strength lies in following intuitions and treading territories that don’t exist for others. Going away from signature makes happen distinction, all the time.

Just Like That. Hand drawn type with pen and ink

Published in Issue 11

This issue also explored the Jewellery Design & Wedding Photography with some cool techniques to learn from experts in Gyaan section.


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As a hiring manager of Appiness Interactive Pvt. Ltd., Shrenik Jain get many portfolios in a day although the number is overwhelming, not every portfolio skim its way to create an impression. It is important to keep your portfolio edgy in order to snag hiring manager’s attention or even land your dream job.

YOLO – You Only Live Online

You heard that right! Gone are the days where you saved all your work offline in a drive which seldom looked at or zipped it all to send it to your potential employer or client. In the creative world, online presence is a must, you ought to have a portfolio in Behance, Dribbble, or even host it in your own website. An online portfolio speaks a great deal about the designer and skims to make a good first impression.

Showcase Your Best, Avoid The Rest

A cluttered portfolio is a sign of a cluttered mind. It is always better to showcase your best work than to pile up your portfolio with artwork you did back in junior school or include slacky projects from your sophomore year. It is important to keep your portfolio updated with your latest work which you like to brag about and avoid outdated work.

Show Them How It’s Done

Pique your hiring manager’s curiosity by including initial drafts of your work, ideation on concept, design process followed during the course, and final design. This would reflect your thought process and raving design thinking. Explaining the process of design might just fetch you some brownie points.

Being Design Savvy

It is important to fit yourself into evolving design trends. Including the latest software tools in your profile and upskilling yourself time and again will make you competent among your peers in the creative world and potentially increase your chance of getting recognised by the hiring manager.

Focus On Self Branding

Just having an impressive portfolio doesn’t cut it all, it is important to brand yourself. Connecting with fellow designers to share knowledge, ideas, and opportunities help you stay aligned with the current industry trends. Getting recommendations and appreciations in your portfolio can have great professional influence.

Advertise Your Work

In the era of social media, you’d be a fool if you’re not using any platform to advertise your work. Actively posting your work on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will help you in reaching out to a bigger audience and explicitly increasing your design niche. Be sure to connect these accounts in your portfolio to get maximum engagement.

Keep Hustling

Hustle your way to hit new horizons each day. Improving your knowledge and skills with time is very critical. Attending meetups, design workshops and following design blogs and articles is a great way to keep your portfolio up to date with the latest design technology and trends. For all, you know FOMO can be real.

The above-mentioned ways are definitely recommended if you want to create an impressive portfolio or even tweak the current one. Keep it real, show what you know, and you’re good to make any hiring manager go gaga over your portfolio.

Considering how everything is progressively going digital today, the web scenario is fast evolving. With that, web design is becoming more relevant and significant than ever before. Read on to find out what these current trends really are.

The internet is changing the world – it is changing how we do our every day and even specific tasks. When it is present at so many different levels and applicable in such diverse ways, the manner of presentation, functionality, usability, etc. all become rather important than just add-ons.

Web design has thus become relevant beyond purely aesthetics. Take a look at some of the current trends here, for there’s everything from integrated animations to parallax scrolling.

Mobile First

The computer has virtually shrunk by quite a large extent to become the size and fit of our pockets, hasn’t it! Well, from everyday functions to the relatively complex ones all available o the small screen, it is no surprise to find that friendly UI/UX, clean layouts, vibrant icons, menus and their pop-downs have all become fundamental elements of the digital design domain.

Designed by Stanislav Hristov
Designed by Johny vino™

Integrated Animations

Who isn’t amazed by animations! So much so that it is the ideal tool and platform to engage even the grown-ups across various media. Its quirky, fun and interactive nature manages to capture the imagination and attention of one and all. No doubt, an integrated animation is readily found to be applied upon so many different web platforms today.

Designed by Stan Yakusevich

Broken Grid Layouts

Symmetry is not necessarily everything. Perhaps, not every time and in every place – it all depends on the context and the way asymmetry is applied. A mixed-and-matched amalgamation of lines, shapes, colours, forms, textures and the likes, broken grid layouts are only symmetry re-defined and re-imagined.

Designed by Sofia Pukovetskaya

Round Corners & Fluid Shapes

Rounded curves and fluid shapes are the new trends on web layouts and have become the “in” thing of current times across the web world. The clarity and simplistic yet effective minimalism of this form have overshadowed and conquered the rigidity and sharply defined structures of geometric forms such as angular designs. A soothing change to the eye, one could say.

Custom Illustrations

Custom illustrations are the all new rage today, as far as the latest evolution of web design is concerned. With all things custom, the look, feel and feel of different branding can be made so exclusive and distinct from the rest. This is one thing clients are always excited and encouraging towards.

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Giulio Iurissevich

Giulio Iurissevich studied economics and law and dabbled with many jobs finally settling as a graphic artist and illustrator. He has worked for many reputed international brands, held multiple exhibitions and has been featured on many international publications.

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We tried to capture the time of chaos and confusion we all are in. How it inspires and influences creative thoughts. Starting with the cover design by Ankur Singh Patar, who captures the duality in the way we treat women. Followed by a conversation with Italian illustrator Giulio Iurissevich who explores beauty behind this chaos. And many more inspirational articles to explore.

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