Trials of Bharat

March 4, 2008

The Bharat logotype with a negative space between the two languages is not working as effectively as the last one without any space. Probably the fact that the letter forms of the two scripts blends well is not coming across clearly in the first two options. Makes sense to stick with the last one.

bharat trials



February 28, 2008

A conversation with my guide where he gave some interesting insights on things that could be improved.

Instead of full bottles, look at the distinctive caps of each. Or things they are drunk with like straws, or different types of glasses. Try a different style perhaps, not so scribbly.

In the bharat logo a negative space between the two languages might work.

The word for each solution should be re-looked at, it should fit perfectly. There are numerous words which may fit, but try to find that ideal one that relates to both ‘solution’ and ‘design’.

The copy for ‘develop’ needs to be re-looked at. ‘Avoid widows and orphans’ is anti-social and controversial statement at the first glance.

In the envelope the illsutration on the top is a bit messy at first glance and can be much simpler, or more orderly. Its almost the face of the envelope.

The ‘design solution’ can be better designed, or removed if not needed.


February 26, 2008

Another medium is a 2-fold envelope, printed on the inside, which can also be put up like a long poster. This has a little more copy, and an additional angle of ‘order in chaos’, which relates to both what India is, and what design is all about as well.



February 26, 2008

The visual language of the stamps could be easily adapted onto stickers.

These are again easy to print and send, and can be used by a person in a design studio.

The challenge lay in deciding the size and shape of the stickers. The rhombus is interesting as it also resembles a road sign.

Since stickers have little scope for copy, it was essential that the website link be mentioned.

Stickers are more like a supplementary medium that can be sent along with a postcard or something else. They cannot stand in isolation since no where do they mention that I am looking for an internship.



February 26, 2008

After creating the postage stamps there was the question, how to use them? Again, what medium? After some discussions I decided on a postcard for these reasons.

It is cheap to print, in large numbers also.

It is the cheapest thing to post, even abroad.

It is something tangible, can be put up on the wall.

It’s unexpected to see stamps on the front of a postcard, it gives stamps more value, and they have more symbolic value.

India does not yet have any stamps on ‘design’, so it’s a way to launch a new set of stamps.

Its size restricts the amount of copy I write on the back, which is an advantage, since most people will not read too much. It enables me to keep it to the point.


‘Design solutions’

February 24, 2008

We designers always use this term ‘design solutions’. I thought of interpreting it literally. What is a solution? What are the different kinds of solutions that we drink or use? What if design solutions were also available like other solutions. One bottle for great typo, another for illustration, and so on. That is how I linked the two ideas to create a few illustrations of bottles of various kinds. Each bottle had to be symbolic, an icon in fact. In this way the approach can be slightly humourous.

 The illustrations were hand done, later I scribbled the ‘contents’ of each. Again, highly iconic colours.



February 20, 2008

After discussing with my guide I realized some things:

Remove the limitations of the medium
When I started to work, the limitation was the medium, which was an envelope. It can be decided after some explorations are done.

Packaging a person
I should ‘get out’ of the project and have an outsider’s point of view. The less involved I am the easier it is to promote myself.

I need to define what is it that I want to communicate to people.

Direction: How about a series?
Sending 3 or more things at intervals, each time revealing something new. Viewed individually also they should make sense. It can increase costs of printing and posting, though.

What is different about an Indian designer? And how can this be shown in the design?

Exploration 1

February 18, 2008


The medium I settled on is an envelope. It is printed on both sides so that there is no need to insert a card or letter. The envelope itself carries the message and when open it can be put up as a small poster.

It is printed in black and white so that it is less expensive to make numerous copies. It can be photocopied onto different coloured papers as well.

The copy inside adds meaning to the illustration and talks about what a designer does, or has the power to do.

Some issues I faced while doing this were trying to get the back-to-back print perfectly aligned to each other. And figuring out which side the fold should ideally come. Once the envelope is torn open it can affect the copy inside, so that probably needs to shift a bit.

yellow envelope

pink envelope

Design is natural

February 18, 2008

‘Design is natural.’ 

This is the theme for Visibility, a self-promotion project. It sums up my personal view-point on design. 

The best design occurs naturally, it’s a child of it’s time, born out of the culture, and to fulfill a certain need of the people. It is forced design that stands out like a sore thumb. 

In my last post I talked about encoding and decoding and the conscious or un-conscious signals people communicate to others. 

‘Design is natural’ also communicates a certain artistic and more spontaneous kind of nature, someone who is not very logical, but more random. The debate within me was that is ‘design is to make rain’ a huge claim? But at the end of the day, that is what designers do, or aim to do metaphorically. 

For further explorations I could also think about the responsibility of designers, and environmental impact of design.