Stephen Hawking, recently said; “We are living in a world of widening, not diminishing, financial inequality, in which many people can see not just their standard of living, but their ability to earn a living at all, disappearing…” AI or … Continue reading The Re Skill Trap and the pumping balloon.
” You must visit City Centre in Calcutta” said Prof. Nadkarni. After a few months he asked if I had visited city center yet. Not much of a shopper, buying even the vegetables online, traveling 40 minutes away from home … Continue reading The Father of Indian Design Education
Some people become coal miners. Others are born aristocrats with a silver spoon dangling so from their mouth, if it falls, is replaceable. Look at the world. We have divided ourselves into nation states. Nation states whose boundaries are formed by the blood of other men, whose territories were annexed or our own which we fight to defend. Others, still are in the midst of fighting, fuelled by the generous doses of capitalist dreams. And finally some …… some still seeking their historic identities. Do we really like to fight? What do we defend? Humanity it appears, is on the … Continue reading This is the post that got me over one million likes……
While at NIFT, a major part of my job became pushing files with lingo such as post facto, ex post facto, pro bono, status quo and the sorts. (Why a “fashion” institute is still stuck with an ancient method of record maintenance is still a puzzle to me.) The word status quo came towards me from many directions. “Don’t challenge the status quo” came again from the HR in a private jewellery company, as I experimented with changes in the branding plan. That actually pushed me a step further towards the door. “Let the lions sleep” advised another colleague in … Continue reading Should you let the Lions sleep?
“Anyone can design” said the learned Professor, ” But not everyone can be good at it.” Like Meryl Streep (sic), designers too are considered overrated for the work they do by many people. The circles, squares, shapes and other random stuff which looks so simplistic is part of a finished composition, might appear “kiddish” to the average person viewing it. They might get the “feel” and sense of completion but at back of many minds is perhaps the thought: “Did I really pay so much for this? I could have done this myself. Wait a minute, my kid could have … Continue reading Your Design vs My Design
Recently I learned a new term. Foresight. What could that be? I delved into the explanation and meaning on various continents. The meaning was different in most universities just like cuisine differs in its ingredients. While some meanings stemmed from corporate strategy, on other continents it found its niche in politics. Then more terms were to follow. Strategic foresight. Technological foresight. Corporate foresight. Alternative Futures. Scenario planning. It felt as if the term “Forecasting”, used for Sales forecasting and also fashion forecasting had been replaced by something bigger and macro in its dimensions. The focus shifts. Future of the world … Continue reading That which is the truth.
Yesterday something happened. Remember that feeling when what you have always believed in your life gets refuted by a new finding and suddenly the world doesn’t look the way it always did? That something happened. The trigger was a mathematics professor of Santa Fe university through the online mooc on Complexity Explorer. The birds chirp outside on a tree blossoming with red spring flowers. A tributary of the Ganges flows near my backyard. On the other side of the house,the Victoria Memorial is sometimes visible through the haze. Till last week I was teaching students of my drawing workshop I … Continue reading Sierpinski’s triangle & Fractal Gupitar
Elections in India have become a huge gala of sound, noise and drama. Add the songs, events, digital marketing and you get a full 360 marketing campaign. Today’s public held swearing-in ceremony at the state capital Kolkata, was fashionable. The newly elected party had in huge doses, a political brand presence. It demonstrated people power, by the sheer number of human population surrounding the event and an association with a certain color scheme, liberally used in the decorations. For a State that boasts of as much land territory and population as that of a small country ; a state language … Continue reading How Colour Branding is working in Politics
Recently I found some pictures of jewellery made in a workshop that I had conducted in Goa some years back as part of sensitization to local ladies to the use of indigenous material. Slideshow of pictures Continue reading Found lost pictures
When these pictures were taken, the elections were in full swing in West Bengal, one of the eastern state of India. I gauge that the predominant Blue and white paint which is adorning each pavement, divider and most buildings, has been done in the recent past. And if you are traveling at night, be greeted by blue and white led lights twined around what would have been once, charming lampposts. Said to be reflective of the colors of the present ruling political party, it seems a bit overdone. Other hilarious such instances which can be recalled in other states is … Continue reading Baby steps to Branding a city