Monday, May 31, 2010

India Design & Innovation 1

As it says on the Design Observer article The Subtle Technology of Indian Artisanship by Ken Botnick and Ira Raja: "From saris to hand-painted signs, design thinking is an unacknowledged force in Indian craft."

My plan is to document the various instances of design innovation or just plain visual quirkiness that happen to come across my path here in Bombay and also hopefully anywhere else in India if and when I travel.

I choose not to offer any kind of prejudiced views or analysis on the content simply because I cannot claim to have either the expertise or the experience to have an informed or enlightened point of view on the material.

Here is a video of a signage maker who works across the road from my current office.

The very dangerous yet comfortable 'Seat-Belt' adjustor which is a simple clip:

There is also the often observed but hardly documented art found on the local transport service vehicles.

Besides ofcourse the very intentional 'art-smart' like the following found in the Horniman Circle Garden.


  1. Oy! Checked your blog after really long! Did you read the piece in Creative Review where they got one of their covers done by one of the guys that do the artwork on the back of the rickshaws? Was pretty cool!

  2. @GIRIJA
    no haven't checked the CR cover...but it kind of has become a norm now hasn't it? at the risk of gloating...did 3 books on bombay( )...all graphic...n the famous taxi tee came out :D

  3. Ha ! Loving the i sit bench. Very neat.

    I am a huge fan of art that isn't aware of itself, if that makes sense. Post more like this.

  4. @Keith
    oh it does make sense. the term i use is 'inherent-art'! thanks to a good phone cam, there should be many more coming.

    thoroughly enjoy your blog...keep sketching (i know its cathartic)