Resources for Creatives & Designers

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A host of resources, insights and inspiration from within the Indian graphic art scene and beyond.

Indian Visual Culture

Swatch Bharat
Colour swatches from India to inspire your next creative project. https://www.instagram.com/swatch_bharat/

Indian Ephemera
A repository of design solutions and objects from the Indian Subcontinent.
https://www.instagram.com/ephemeraindia/

Indian Gig Poster Archive
An ongoing archive of gig posters featuring rising talent from the design and independent music scene.
https://indiangigposterarchive.in/

Mixed Fruit Blog
Ishan’s ongoing journey through design and observations
ttps://ishankhosla.wordpress.com

Kulture Shop Blog
Behind the art series and Indian graphic artists interviews
https://www.kultureshop.in/blogs/behind-the-art

St+ART
https://www.instagram.com/startindia/

Reading List — Essentials

Kunal Anand — Collage

Ways Of Seeing — John Berger
An essential guide to looking, seeing, viewing..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pDE4VX_9Kk

Grid Systems in Graphic Design — Muller Brockmann
Cult classic keep your grids in check. Free PDF version.
https://www.academia.edu/17408548/Grid_Systems_in_Graphic_Design_Josef_Muller_Brockmann

A History of Color in Art — Victoria Finlay
https://www.amazon.in/Brilliant-History-Color-Art/dp/1606064290

The Printmaking Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques — Ann d’Arcy Hughes,, Hebe Vernon-Morris
https://www.amazon.in/Printmaking-Bible-Complete-Materials-Techniques/dp/0811862283

Reading List — Local

Dekho Book Cover — by Codesign

Dekho
Is an award-winning anthology of inspirational conversations with designers in India, probing their stories for cues to the development of design in India and highlighting approaches that are unique to designing for India.
https://www.kultureshop.in/products/dekho-books-and-zines?_pos=1&_sid=240662a8f&_ss=r

Handmade in India: Crafts of India — Ranjan Aditi
https://www.amazon.in/Handmade-India-Crafts-Ranjan-Aditi/dp/8188204579/ref=asc_df_8188204579/?tag=googleshopdes-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=397083287744&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10637923101156830216&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9062252&hvtargid=pla-406644482775&psc=1&ext_vrnc=hi

Pukka Indian: 100 Objects that Define India — Jahnvi Lakhota Nandan
https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/935194140X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

India: Contemporary Design: Fashion, Graphics, Interiors — Divia Patel
https://www.amazon.in/India-Contemporary-Fashion-Graphics-Interiors/dp/8174369759

Sar: The Essence of Indian Design — Swapnaa Tamhane
An exploration of the timeless beauty of Indian design through 200 classic objects
https://www.phaidon.com/store/design/sar-the-essence-of-indian-design-9780714870502/

Articulating Resistance — Art & Activism — Deeptha Achar, Shivaji Panikkar (Author)
https://www.amazon.in/Articulating-Resistance-Activism-Deeptha-Achar/dp/9382381015

Counter-Print — From Series
Celebrating graphic design from South Korea, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Scandinavia, Japan and Switzerland.
https://www.counter-print.co.uk/collections/counterprinttitles

Reading List — Diversity in Design

Lubna Chowdhary — Switch 2021 — bindi’s on graph paper patterns

Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-racist, Non-binary Field Guide for Graphic Designers
https://www.amazon.in/Extra-Bold-Inclusive-Anti-racist-Nonbinary/dp/1616899182

Black, Brown + Latinx Design Educators: Conversations on Design and Race⁠
https://draw-down.com/products/black-brown-latinx-design-educators?_pos=1&_sid=f09d0fa6a&_ss=r

Counter Print — From Series of Books
https://www.counter-print.co.uk/search?q=from

Why Materials Matter: Responsible Design for a Better World — Seetal Solank
https://www.amazon.in/Why-Materials-Matter-Responsible-Design/dp/3791384716

A History of Arab Graphic Design
https://www.amazon.in/History-Arab-Graphic-Design/dp/9774168917

What Does It Mean to Decolonize Design?
https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/what-does-it-mean-to-decolonize-design/

Podcasts

Design This Way — Kawal Oberoi
https://open.spotify.com/show/5SbV9YyxGZO13c4p8HvkNu?si=a374ef53a6b84325

Thinking Design — Vedant Sharma
https://open.spotify.com/show/4LoesYnKwPzyLeRrNu97u5?si=9c8c9f528385431d

AIGA — Definitive Guide to Design Podcasts
https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/your-definitive-guide-to-design-podcasts-from-7-top-design-podcasters/

BBH — Black Sheep
https://open.spotify.com/show/3e5cTlLHrmIzb873tFnsLh?si=57f9ada56c4149b6

Type & Foundries

Left: Hitesh Malaviya (Rocky)- hindi proverb / Right Ektype multilingual flyer

Ektype
https://ektype.in/

Letterbox India
https://www.instagram.com/letterbox.india/

ITF (Indian Type Foundry)
https://www.indiantypefoundry.com/

Type Craft Initiative
https://www.typecraftinitiative.org/

Causes

Creatives Against CAA
https://creativesagainstcaa.kadakcollective.com/

The Plated Project
https://www.theplatedproject.com/pages/impact

Kopycat Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/275870572767021

Useful Links

Contracts for Creators India
http://contractsforcreators.com/

Open Call India
https://linktr.ee/opencallindia

Creative Lives — Guides
https://www.creativelivesinprogress.com/articles/guides

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Kunal Anand

Kunal Anand

Kunal is creative director, graphic artist and curator. With over 15 years experience his interest lay in the intersection where art, design and culture meet.