Towards the end of Pune Design Festival 2013, the team was asked a question from one of the participants, “Could I have the flex banners of the Festival?… I want to make bags out of these.” Thinking at that time it was a great idea that we could recycle our banners and also get a… Read More Bag it with +One!
Some interesting pic(k)s from Goa: 1. Love Goa: A beckoning title, and well-written and packaged book. “Authored by Fiona Caulfield, the Love Travel Guide Indian series comprises Love Bengaluru, Love Delhi, Love Jaipur, Rajasthan and Love Mumbai. The entries are ‘love stories’ sourced from in-the-know locals including chefs and chaiwallahs, artists and architects, photographers and… Read More Sarvasva picks- from Goa…
Traditional + Modern = ??? Over the past few days of being in Goa, we have met many professionals from different fields. What was interestingly common about them was their lament over Goa’s changing environment and rapid development into becoming another ‘Indian city’. India is special because its culture and heritage are deep-rooted. Every place… Read More India Limited?
An observation made by INTACH convener Arti Kirloskar during a meeting set me thinking. She was lamenting about how in Maharashtra we are very sensitive to music (and sound in general) and can sense even the slightest discord in a tone; but when it comes to visual sensitivity, we are quite ‘blind’. We were talking… Read More Look, think, feel and act.
I happened to hear Anand Kanitkar speak over the past two days, at various conferences. Now working with UNESCO, Anand has been looking at various aspects of heritage management, and had shared his views . I thought of compiling the points and putting it across so that we all could benefit from his ideas. Have… Read More Heritage Management
As part of a lecture series organised under the banner of Virasat Pune’s Heritage Week here in the city, Prof. MK Dhavalikar talked about the way heritage and its value has changed in India, over the past few decades. India is a treasure trove of artifacts, still found abundantly in various areas, a lot of… Read More Take pride in your heritage, preserve it.
Love to travel, and love to gaze at all the wonderful imagery that happens outside the car… and to be able to interact with it? Ooh, would love to! This is a concept still and there’s only a working prototype, but a great one at that. Developed by Toyota, in collaboration Copenhagen Institute of Interaction… Read More New interactions as you travel…
The latest coins issued by the Government of India have the new symbol of the Rupee. Overall, I do think the composition of the entire graphic face of the coin is rather uncluttered, simple and pretty effective. The design also showcases the national flower of India- the lotus. And the new symbol is clear for… Read More The new rupee
If I had not become an architect, I would have perhaps been an archaeologist. I have a huge fascination for history and am constantly eager to know more. Because of which, in the past year or two, I have been enrolling in various workshops and courses on history, archaeology, architecture and heritage. One such course that… Read More Heritage callings…
Over the past few weeks, a lot has been talked about the latest winning design of the I-mark on online groups and social networks. In short: The earlier design that was chosen by the Indian Design Council (IDC) was rejected by designers at large. But, coincidentally the new logo is not very different from the… Read More The I-mark
Varied panelists, 60+ attendees and a very participative discussion. The celebrations of World Industrial Designers Day in Pune and the launch of the Pune chapter of the Association of Designers of India (ADI) , was followed by a serious discussion on how design can and should change, add value and be integral to a city. Designers,… Read More ‘Design Challenges in Indian Cities’ – a panel discussion.
On the occasion of the World Industrial Design Day (WID) on 29th June 2011, the Association of Designers of India (ADI) will be launching their first chapter in Pune. The event will also see a panel discussion on ‘Design Challenges in Indian Cities’, an initiative that will call upon solutions for some key questions. Such… Read More Launching the Pune Chapter of ADI
I often wonder if we live according to the way we design. Simplify through design is Sarvasva’s byline. When we are designing a product or a system or even a process, the aim is always to simplify the end result for it to be understood, and to make it interactive/communicative – basically to connect. We… Read More Simplify.
The Association of Designers of India (ADI) is finally set up. With its National Executive Body in place, and few Chapters within the country being set up, ADI is all geared to take in memberships. What is the ADI? ADI is the first official body for all Indian origin professional designers and related people, educators… Read More The ADI is waiting for you.
The past few days, I have been seeing many comments, posts, messages and heartfelt sadness on the passing away of Uncle Pai (aka Anant Pai), the creator of Amar Chitra Katha(ACK) and Tinkle. I actually doubt how many Indians really know they owe their childhood to this man. And how many designers who are now… Read More Rahe amar yeh chitra katha…
Just got back from Hupari, a small village near Kolhapur, Maharashtra. The National Institute of Design (NID), has been organising workshops for artisans and people from the handicraft sector to sensitise them towards Design; and this scheme actually helps the MSME sector get some funding from the Government. It’s a good initiative. One such cluster… Read More Hupari Silver Jewellery, a cherished experience.
Announcing new outcomes in the design field in India- the ADI (Association of Designers of India) and the 5th Pune Design Festival. Also talking of history and the importance of conserving our heritage, and not just the ancient.… Read More Architecture and Design- the old and new!
‘Listen. Listen. LISTEN.’ This one of the most important tool that I tell my students of architecture & design journalism to learn, and learn fast. It’s not about the ‘hearing a little more’ aspect, but also about registering, understanding and hence being able to connect. As writers, this aspect of listening goes beyond the aural… Read More The Power of Listening.
Was invited to be part of the Asian Paints ColourNext Style Lead Panel few days ago, which was primarily a workshop to understand the trends in colour. There were about 16 of us who were invited, from different backgrounds of design, architecture, fashion, photography and journalism, and 11 of us finally attended. It was a… Read More A Coloured View.
The Pune IPLT20 team finally was launched, amidst much fanfare, with approximately 25,000 people attending the launch (or so it was quoted in the Times). I was very eager to see the logo design, as being a designer one tends to think of such things first. So, when the launch was announced in the papers,… Read More Sahara Pune Warriors _ Logo Design & Name.
National Geographic showed a very interesting program – Earth Hour, in lieu of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day today- April 22nd. Some interesting facts: – Mumbai uses 10million plastic bags everyday- which means 2500 tons of CO2. – Even 2% reduction of fuel consumption means reducing Rs7400crore for India. – India’s first Plastic waste… Read More Have an Earth Day!
Just got back from seeing the works of legend Richard Meier, showcased at the JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai. The exhibition and lecture was organised and got to India by Indian Architect & Builder (IA&B), the leading architecture and design magazine in India. With Essar Steel being the patrons. The work exhibited, though less in… Read More Beam up Scottie!
Sarvasva Designs recently worked on a project of ‘bringing life’ to a newly built corporate building- Lunkad Skystation. Although the building’s design is very functional and suited to house the many offices in it, it also came across as very sombre structure. We were called in for the signage, as well as graphic and communication… Read More Lunkad Skystation
With the first volume of Pune’s PKN seeing about 100 people, it came as no surprise to see almost double that number for the second PKN here in Pune, held on 22nd Jan 2010. A cozy venue of the Sawai Gandharva Auditorium ensured that people could interact, be comfortably seated as well as hear and… Read More PKN Pune-vol2 : A great experience!
Pecha Kucha Night Pune – Vol 1. Couple of hours to go before the first Pecha Kucha Night in Pune, and all of us at Sarvasva Designs were going crazy over looping all presentations and checking, rechecking the same. Mukund, my co-Director at Sarvasva was at the venue with Manasi and setting up the screen,… Read More Pecha Kucha Night, Pune. Vol- 1. A review.
The Indian Express paper carried a review of the Pune Pecha Kucha Night -vol 1. The first article in the papers today…. the captions are a bit mixed up, and the paper is carrying an apology for the same. Nevertheless, the article carries the essence of the event very well. The Pune Mirror too carried… Read More Pune Pecha Kucha Night- vol 1
Sarvasva Designs welcomes all to attend the first Pecha Kucha Night in Pune. We have a wonderful mix of designers, artists, architects, journalists, environmentalists and more… making this night one full of great insights, inspirations and interactions! To know more, see the link or write to firstname.lastname@example.org; and also see http://www.pecha-kucha.org/night/pune/1/ `Pecha Kucha’ or PKN… Read More Pune’s first Pecha Kucha Night
The government has accused top officers at the COA, India’s apex architectural body, of criminal misconduct. BRIJESH PANDEY tracks the issues as the CBI investigates. IN A move that could change the face of the study and practice of architecture in India, the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has recommended a CBI probe against… Read More Termites In The Woodwork
A person’s passion, dedication and greatness can be often seen and need not be spoken for. In fact the respect that is seen for someone is more evident when that person need not shout to be heard, need not speak to be asked, and need not order to get things going. I have the privilege… Read More Spreading good design.
I teach at two architecture colleges in Pune and Mumbai- subjects being Design and Architecture Journalism, the latter being a course set up by me about 6 years back, and I think as of now I am still the only one teaching this subject in the country. Anyway, this post is not about what I… Read More Brands- the rise and fall.
An advertising agency has come up with a nice campaign to promote international food and the Sydney International Food Festival: flags made from food typical of each country….I’ve posted the flag of India…see more pics in the link below. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinkpicturegalleries/6231304/An-advertising-agency-has-come-up-with-a-campaign-to-promote-a-forthcoming-food-festival.html
1. The Citi ‘Tap and Pay’ Card – Was seeing a program on TV and saw this come up- a credit card that can be paid by simply tapping your mobile phone at the checkout point. Currently launched only in Bengaluru (Bangalore) two months ago, one needs a Citibank credit card, a Nokia phone and… Read More some new gadgets in India
I had just been to a design conference recently where there was a lot of good work being shown by designers from the partner country, the Netherlands. And some showed a films of their projects. Few, into the graphic and communication design field, showcased ads they had helped create… One such ad was that for… Read More Copy C’ad’?
At the beginning of the month I had talked about the first ever online exposition in the world- the AEC World Expo, brought out by the leading Indian architecture and design magazine- IA&B. I happened to be one of the fortunate ones to not only have been invited for the launch party of this unique… Read More A new resurgence of the internet.
Dear All, It is 12.10 am, Aug 1st now and I am in Mumbai for the official launch of the first ever digitalised, online experience expo: The AEC Online Expo . This is a quantum leap in India’s design world to have a ‘E’xperience that is virtual- a platform to inform and inspire the AEC… Read More AEC Online Expo
I slipped forward along with the seat, when the car braked. Then I adjusted myself, pushed the seat back in place and sat into an upright position, until the brakes were pressed again. By the end of the journey, I had a vague sense of my backbone and lower back becoming a single unit. The… Read More Redesigning Indian Transport
I met Anant Raje many years ago- I was writing an article on his works and had gone to Ahmedabad to meet him. Not sure what I was expecting, but I did not expect to see this nice, warm old man walking towards me. Very humble and down-to-earth, with a twinkle in his eyes. Sort… Read More RIP Anant Raje.
For the past few days I have been looking at the Idea ‘Walk when you talk’ ad and have been suitably impressed. At first, I was not really impressed with it, but then when Mukund pointed out a small detail, which is actually very big, I realised what this ad can do. Apart from connecting… Read More Smart Ads
Twitter on with Sarvasva.… Read More Twitter on…
Dear All, Last evening, 30th May ’09 saw a group of designers getting together to initiate and form the first national body of designers of India. It was just a preliminary meeting, but one that will consequently set the precedence for any action that will be taken in this regard. This initiative has been taken… Read More History in the making for Indian Design
Courtesy TrendHunter.com100 ‘White Is The New Green’ Innovations (CLUSTER)(TREND HUNTER) White is pure, nature is pure, nature is green, hence white is green… It sounds like a logic argument gone wrong; or maybe not. Artists and inventors around the world are embracing the purity of the color… [More]
The Pune Design Festival became a larger platform called the ‘India Design Festival’ this year. Apart from giving a presentation and help in organising, Sarvasva also had come up with an installation called ‘chaos theory’, for the overall theme of ‘Environment and Design’, wherein we collected discarded bottles and paper every day at the Festival… Read More India Design Festival
Design Response to Terror PDF08: System Design and Strategy Formulation – Session 1 A very recent initiative of the PDF, in lieu with the terrorist attacks on Mumbai on 26th November 2008. Mukund Athale of Sarvasva Designs made a presentation and introduced a new project that we are working on, which can help tack people’s… Read More DESIGN RESPONSE TO TERROR.
Saw this poster and many of these actually, in the streets and bylanes of Pune. Makes me wonder if Design is now relegated to a ‘housewife’s hobby’ that one can learn and do during their spare time?! (c) Darpana Athale, 2008.
Since we moved to Pune, we’ve installed a permanent Ganpati idol at home, and every year I make a small idol that we pray to and submerge (in a bucket outside the door). Being environment conscious, our Ganpati idols have always been ‘green’ and made of clay, wheat flour,etc. This year, we have consciously decided… Read More Ganpati Bappa Morya!!!