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Magazine Cover Design

3 Jun

December 2010 Issue

Teacher Plus is a Hyderabad-based monthly publication primarily aimed at the Indian schoolteacher. “It is a forum within which teachers can raise their concerns, discuss ideas, and share and update their knowledge. Teacher Plus discusses alternative ways of thinking and doing within the context of the Indian classroom, while recognizing the constraints that most teachers face, day to day. In addition, its aim is to foster a sense of community among teachers, of being a part of an important group of change agents.”

The cover photographs were taken at Shibumi :).

Planner for Teacher Plus magazine

3 Jun

An academic year planner for teachers I just did for the Teacher Plus magazine’s May-June 2010 issue. Not a style I have worked with much at all, but much of it was fun. The illustrations are in pen and colour pencil.

Invite for Shibumi Evening

2 Jun

Invitation for Shibumi‘s first “cultural programme” (for want of a better phrase!). The pencil sketch is from a student’s work and Shalini added a final dash to the design to make it work as nicely as it does (I think it works nicely!).

ASI Brochure for Lakkundi

2 Jun

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One of the brochures for the ASI that we as Kairi did recently. Lakkundi is an ancient temple town in North Karnataka. The English and Kannada versions were separate brochures this time, though with the same layout.

Brochure: Bidar Fort

3 May

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A brochure for the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India), which is to be distributed free to visitors to the Bidar Fort. Bidar is located in the centre of the Deccan plateau, in the north-eastern corner of Karnataka. It gained prominence in the 1400s when it became the capital of the Bahamani kingdom. The text gives a brief historical background of the fort and an introduction to some of its interesting sights.

This was our first project as Kairi — our little design firm comprising Angela Jain, Rahul Sekhar, Shalini Sekhar and myself as the core team.

Artwork and Poster Design for Railway Children

7 Feb

EHSAAS is a national level training programme of Railway Children, an organisation which works to prevent runaway children from becoming victims of the abuse of street life. This poster (sized 2 x 3 feet) is intended to be a celebration of the work being done through Ehsaas, and a representation of a child’s journey from complete vulnerability to psychological stability and security. The training programme is designed around the 12 themes mentioned on the right of the poster.

It was challenging and stimulating to find ways of visualising many intangible messages and communicate not only to adults but also to the children the poster speaks about. All the artwork uses traditional media — pastel, colour pencil, graphite, ink — each image drawn and scanned separately and finally put together using software.

Wedding Invite, and IF: ‘Celebrate’

20 Feb

A wedding invitation card I designed, illustrated and wrote out for my cousin who just got married. We had it  screen-printed on handmade paper. The text is Gujarati. The top image shows a motif depicting the elephant-god Ganesha whose blessings are generally sought by Hindus when they begin anything new. This section is folded over the illustration of the birds in the bottom image, which is how the card looks opened out.

I had been meaning to post this for a few days and just today suddenly thought it would be perfect for the IF theme “Celebrate” — but unfortunately I was a bit too late to submit it on IF. Oh, well.



Silk-screen print; Folded: 10 x 21 cm; Open: 10 x 28 cm approx.

Invite for School Inauguration

9 Nov

Shibumi Inauguration Invite

Poster for a Custom Knife-maker

9 Nov

Poster for a Custom Knife-maker

A poster I made for a friend who is a blacksmith working at Solitude farm in Auroville, India.