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Art is an expression of yourself, whether you work with a team or not, design is all about putting yourself out there. Thinking creatively, acting spontaneously and satisfying a wide spectrum is what Abhishek Sawant does and urges others to do. Here he talks on how to be part of a team while still maintaining own core self.

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Working in a team

Artists are best known for working alone; the brooding, silent type. However the same does not stand true for Abhishek Sawant who knows exactly how to be part of a group in order to deliver an innovative product. He believes that working individually allows the creative juices to flow, however working in an open board design environment promotes healthy competition, eventually leading to the evolution of design sensibility.

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How can you make it?

Art is an expression of yourself; what you feel when you see a gorgeous sunset over the horizon or the inspiration from the world around us. Don’t lower your expectations or under-estimate your calibre, for nobody knows what goes on within the head of the designer; all they understand is what comes out on paper. What will make you click is subject to individuality and Abhishek finds his way when he travels or discovers a solution in scribbles on blank sheets of paper. He urges you to be yourself; as that is something nobody can take away from you.

Design by Abhishek Sawant
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Design by Abhishek Sawant
Dark humour used to depict the effect of thick soup.

Now, don’t lose yourself along the way

At one point in life everyone is faced with the doubt, ‘What can I follow in order to succeed?’ The answer is simple and it comes from within. There are no shortcuts to succeeding as an artist; all you have to do is be true to yourself and not bend before client briefs. Use them as a guideline but never lose yourself in the process. Detailed or minimalistic, enhanced human expressions or subtlety, monochromes or vivid hues; all of the basic design principles guide you and ultimately shape your work. Accolades will come and go; clients will do the same you have to live on with your brand identity so work on that first, others are sure to follow on.

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Make the group succeed

A team is as strong as the weakest link. While everyone is sure to put their best foot forward, the real challenge is to make everyone overcome the obstacles together and reach a point where the group and the client both are happy. Learning how to work with and for others can be what makes or breaks you, as individually brilliant artists also have to gel with others at some point in order to achieve their goals. Enthusiastic artists bursting with passion make confident partners who win Abbys.

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You must have tried your hands on many different projects to harness different skill sets but it can be a problem when it comes to choosing between skill specialist or try hands on everything possible. Experience Designer and Illustrator Ranganath Krishnamani shares his view to bring more clarity on the topic.

Creativity is like a continuous journey and change is constant in the digital world. The key to success is to understand that one needs to be flexible and become a specialist generalist—what I mean is of having an understanding and working knowledge of key areas that relate to your core skills.

Personally, I characterise myself as a specialist generalist. I get bored doing the same thing all the time and enjoy the challenge of being thrown into something totally new. I like seeing how seemingly disparate things relate to one another. Dipping my toes into various media and skillsets that affect how I bring the idea to life. This could mean going from UX work-flows to putting together an animation of the experience to bring it to life, or it could be coming up with a communication campaign.

“Design is an intricate process. In order to create the best possible solution, it helps to have a more conceptual understanding of all facets of the industry and how they fit together. If you’re a UI designer, then knowing how a user interacts with a touch device compared to a pointing device and what that means to your design is a relatable skill.”

The good part about the creative industry is that it offers so many learning opportunities every time you start on a new project. You could go from being somebody who is specialised in working on graphic icons to becoming involved in conceptualising, storyboarding, animating as soon as you start collaborating with others.

For me being creative is not a job of 9 to 5, you don’t stop doing it when you go home. It’s a career that’s a bit obsessive. It’s with you all the time and you start to make these connections when you are at the shower, waiting at a traf c signal or watching a wonderful sunset from your window.

Anything and everything can inspire you, and that creative restlessness in you pushes you to learn to make things out of nothingness. It’s the absolute joy of the job that you can start your day staring at a blank page and by the end of the day end up with an idea made up of words, visuals and code. Core skills combined with a generalised approach will be the way forward.

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Aman Khanna

A graphic artist, illustrator, sculptor and a visual storyteller, Aman Khanna has his hands full with ‘Infomen’ that he started in London in 2005 and ‘Infonauts’ in New Delhi in 2009. His latest venture goes by the brand name ‘Claymen’ which is a set of functional and dysfunctional objects as well as unique handcrafted sculptures.


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Bored of two dimensional design, Aman Khanna started exploring the third dimension of it by getting his hands dirty, literally! He got inspired by local Indian potters who breathe magic into a simple raw material like clay. Aman started molding sculptures and day to day knick knacks from clay.

Your Hands Dirty
Gray Water
Your Hands Dirty
Seek and How
Your Hands Dirty
Colour Me White
Your Hands Dirty
Pourer
Your Hands Dirty
Conscience of a Subconscious Mind
Your Hands Dirty
Shared Burden

What People Want

In India, the design is perceived in various ways; what works about Claymen is that it caters to a wide spectrum of users. Functional objects satisfy the practical shopper; dysfunctional art-oriented pieces attract the fanatics and the clay sculptures appeal to almost anyone who looks at them. Aman clearly understands the needs and more importantly the wants of the people thereby bringing to the table a fresh take on art.

Your Hands Dirty
Man and Woman v/s Society
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The New Mountain
Your Hands Dirty
Mess is more - Bottle
Your Hands Dirty
Planter
Your Hands Dirty
Flask
Your Hands Dirty
Crow Bottle

A Shout Out to All

The theme of his project follows the daily routine of a common man; his ups and downs are captured beautifully in objects like lamps, cups and sculptures. The choice of colours and the fact that each piece is an outcome of love and painstaking labour is what sells across stores in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangaluru and soon in Melbourne

Your Hands Dirty
The Attachment
Your Hands Dirty
Balancing Vase
Your Hands Dirty
Scream
Your Hands Dirty
Lost In The Noise
Your Hands Dirty
Loud Mouth
Your Hands Dirty
Brain Drain

Exploring Forms Through Material.

Being inspired by local Indian potters, Aman tried his hand at clay sculptures; clay as a material is quite versatile and at the same time simple. Hence the exploration of design and expression of his thought process is quite clear. The idea behind using clay was because it is commonly used and worked with; making the theme of common men and his life more relatable.

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Hyperventilating Vase
Your Hands Dirty
Release
Your Hands Dirty
The Balancing Act
Your Hands Dirty
Distressed Planter
Your Hands Dirty
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This issue has advice from many experts such as Ashwini Deshpande and Gopika Chowfla who gave the secrets of choosing the right intern for their well-known design teams. And on another hand, Rajaram Rajendran and Ranganath Krishnamani advise young designer to gain multiple skills and be the best at them.

 

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Anjali DSouza

A Master’s degree in Graphic Design and an Undergraduate in Visual Arts has shaped Anjali DSouza into a fine Illustrator and Visual Designer. Anjali realised early that being a freelancer is the best way to kick-start her career. The freedom to deliver a client brief and the exploration of her style has come through thanks to her decision to venture out unaided.


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GRAPHIC GREETINGS

Dealing With Real Problems

For most people, starting alone is daunting; however, for Anjali, the entire concept of freelance was a welcome challenge. In order to create a lasting impression and stamp her mark on the global level, she has worked hard and tried to put herself in the shoes of her client. Earning the praise of clients and critics alike, this designer knows the emotions of design problems enabling her to arrive at a solution.

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THE NEW CASSETTE
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Perseverance Pays

Being a designer in India is not easy, competition is tough and her mantra is to work hard and believe in oneself. Creating your own distinctive style that sets you apart will always help you move forward; for Anjali, Indian folk tales combine with bold colours and expressive line work elevating her above the rest. After understanding the problem, adequate research is required to move ahead and execute the solution and this is exactly what makes Anjali DSouza click!

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“For Anjali, Indian folk tales combine with bold colours and expressive line work elevating her above the rest in freelance”

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Young Designer should keep in Mind

Being a team player is integral, working with strong-minded individuals can help shape a fresh career and provide opportunities to learn from other designers. Another important aspect is to connect with the client so as to find a common point and further a healthy process of working together. Lastly, in order to ‘grow’ as a designer, one must be open to working hard and accepting both praise and criticism

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Minal Dusane Mali

A Graphic Designer from Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Arts, Minal Dusane-Mali has worked for the who’s who of the creative industry viz. Ramesh Sippy Entertainment, Giant Robot Illustration and Prana Studio to name a few, before co-founding YOMY Designs in 2010 with her partner Yogesh.


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