Lady In The Deluge

There is something about Calcutta which brings out the need for creative expression. The rain clouds over the sky for over fours months a year. Many times it rains when the sun is shining. Dull, dreary, this perhaps explains the slow pace of everything including traffic. The last week across the globe has been about floods. Everywhere. Typhoon. Tornado. Bursts of rain in Mumbai yet again, and of-course in Calcutta too. Who is the “Lady In The Deluge”? She seems to be an urban lady, dressed for a party. Wearing a cold shoulder dress, tattered at one sleeve. Her oversized … Continue reading Lady In The Deluge

Colour (s) of the Year 2016.

Every year, colour company Pantone releases a shade what it calls the “Colour of the year” which is then popularized by its use in products and fashion. Last year it was Marsala, a reddish brown hue. When Pantone announced not one, but two colours of the year for 2016, it was somewhat surprising deviating from its tradition of a single main colour. If one thinks deeply, can there really be only one colour for a year? In the landscape above, the morning sky seemed to have “followed” Pantone’s colour direction for the year. In its vastness it enveloped not just … Continue reading Colour (s) of the Year 2016.

Radiant orchid in Goa

Originally posted on The Wanderer:
We designers look at colors a bit differently. We study their tonal values, their saturation levels, effect of their juxtaposition with other colors and sometimes even give them names. So when I came across a particularly rich colored building in an otherwise drab street in Goa, I screamed in my mind: Radiant Orchid!! Well, that’s the name of the “Color of the year” for 2014 given by Pantone. And this happened to be around 2014. But I’m not sure the painter or the contractor had this in their mind while commissioning these hues for the… Continue reading Radiant orchid in Goa

5 Myths of Design that don’t apply today!

Originally posted on The Wanderer:
Design is a relatively new field compared to Art. But with new technology and changing world there are 5 things that I learned (and later taught) at D-school which seem to have lost their relevance in today’s world and have become “Old School”. 1. If you can’t draw it, you can’t make it. Nothing can be a bigger myth. This seemingly innocent statement that teachers use to encourage their fresh pupils to practice more drawing has lost its relevance compared to the Corel and Rhino equipped generation of today. Not only is hand drawing a… Continue reading 5 Myths of Design that don’t apply today!