September 28, 20112 Comments

Interesting!!!

Is this translation or transliteration?

Yesterday I was at Chennai airport. Thats where my wife saw this signage. I find this very interesting. I can not speak, read or write Tamil. But visually looks like, for a single word toilet, Tamil language has two words. Hindi language has a single word for toilet which is प्रसाधन / शौचालय. Read more

September 11, 2011No Comments

Poster design for an internal event

Pixel Gone Faster

This is one of the internal conferences at Yahoo! Bangalore. I volunteered for designing the poster for this event. The conference is about the performance of the web-products.

Here is the design and early prototypes. Have a look. Do let me know your comments. Also you can download the stencil here, that can be used to create interesting paper arrows. Just fold the paper on the dotted lines.

Final poster on the notice board

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August 10, 2011No Comments

Pursuing Ideas

The best ideas raise more questions than answers. This is very inspiring video. Do watch it.

July 12, 2011No Comments

Indian Letterforms in 3D

The word Bhrame in 3D

Word Bhrame in Kannada Script

I attended the workshop organized by Aksharaya last year. Aksharaya is a group of designers, educators, researchers and students, who are driven by a passion for Indian scripts, calligraphy and typography.

The experience was simply amazing. Selected designers away from the city chaos worked for three days on the given brief and the brief was Indian Letter-forms in 3D. You can view the final output in the form of beautiful calendar here.

My Concept and Quick Prototype

Illusion is a false interpretation by an individual considering his/her point of view and ignoring other views. In this example 'Bhrame' (Kannada script), certain shapes are arranged in a particular sequence angle and visibility if any of these is missing the correct interpretation becomes difficult. Read more

July 8, 20111 Comment

Things to know before getting into application user interface

Okay, What is this post about?

This post is an extract of Mobile HIG (iOS Human Interface Guidelines). I strongly recommend to read 150 pages of guidelines. But if you are in hurry you can refer this extract. This was done while working on Yahoo! Cricket iPhone Application. This article is divided in 7 sections.

  1. Device Characteristics To Keep In Mind
  2. Application Types
  3. Three Application Styles
  4. Existing Design To Application
  5. Human Interface Principles
  6. Characteristics Of Great iPhone Application
  7. Handling Common Tasks

I am not mentioning about creating a Product Definition Statement deliberately. That is an iterative process and there is no shortcut 🙂 Read more

July 5, 2011No Comments

Pearl Academy of Fashion

Though I personally have not seen this structure I feel this is good design. Making use of location and what is available, morphogenesis team has done a good job.

What I like in this structure.

  1. Outer layer in the form of jali (net) controlling light.
  2. Maintaining the lower temperature of structure by creating shadows.
  3. Keeping the ground cool by creating water bodies in the path of air flow.
  4. Colour of the structure. Inner walls are dark and outer wall is of light colour. For me, makes it look like a cotton fabric.

Though I do not know why the structure it is not tall but wide? Would appreciate if some architect help me understand. Enjoy the video.

June 21, 20113 Comments

Exploring Similarities in Indian Script/s and Bharata Natyam

This experiment is an outcome of our (me and my wife Yogita) conversation. Under the guidance of my mentor and teacher Prof. Santosh Kshirsagar we could give our thought the current form.

This paper attempts to illustrate the similarities between the current form of Indian script, Devanagari and the Indian classical dance style, Bharata Natyam. The similarities are explored around the structure, construction and formation in these two distinctly different visual expressions. The linguistic approach can be explored as well; though this paper explicitly explores the visual aspect of script and dance.

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June 19, 20111 Comment

Exploring the relation between drama and digital media.

An experiment to re-look at digital experience
Part 1-Drama

For a long period of time my wife and I were talking about dance and drama. She is from classical dance and theater background. I have also acted (amazingly bad) in my college days. Our discussion lead us to two different topics. First, Indian classical dance and Indian scripts and second is drama and digital media.
This article is about the second topic. I'll complete this article in three parts. First about drama, second about digital media and third about their relation. This is an experiment to re-look at the digital media with new perspective. Read more

May 26, 20113 Comments

iPad Grid

After exploring few options for ipad grid structure, I designed this grid. Thought may be helpful for other designers.
We all are aware of grids, but just for the reference you can download it here.
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March 14, 20111 Comment

Getting the grid right for web pages

Most of us are familiar with 970 px wide page layout. We divide the area into multiple columns and gutters. This is how it is done as shown in figure 1.1. It gives us more options for designing modules, but in width. Most of the time module height is decided by the content in the module, if not then adjusted optically. Read more

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