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Switching tracks When Misha and Amit Gudibanda first started up with their maiden venture in 2006, they were excited being at the helm of an idea whose time had come. “Sky Design was set up in 2006 on the belief that the potent combination of design and technology was a service that would have great […]
15 Mar 2016
Archana Shah's vision was simple. She wanted to work with artisans, not just to preserve a dying art, but to also showcase their craft in a modern, fast-changing world and flourish with them through a commercially successful business venture.
02 Mar 2016
Thousands of traditional artisans migrate to the city in search of daily-wage labour so that they can feed their families. With that migration, centuries-old knowledge that has been passed down to generations dies in the squalor of an urban slum. Technology too has provided cheaper, cookie-cutter substitutes that have further contributed to the decline of these arts.
29 Feb 2016
“I think everyone dreams of creating something of their own,” says Shilpi Yadav. “From the very beginning this is something I really wanted and took the steps to build up to it. I studied and practised design as often as I could, in whatever way I could. The effort I put in was for my […]
18 Feb 2016
The Gujarat government has announced its first-ever ‘Cottage and Rural Industries Policy-2016’ with emphasis on building an ecosystem to boost the industry and to provide more employment opportunities to the artisans engaged in traditional crafts. Finance Minister Saurabh Patel, who also holds the Cottage Industry portfolio, said it is also aimed at preserving the traditional […]
18 Feb 2016
Growing up in Tripunithura, a small town outside Kochi in Kerala, Suresh Eriyat discovered his artistic talents while still a student at Chinmaya Vidyala. The founder of ‘STUDIO EEKSAURUS’, an animation studio, Suresh was fortunate to have the unstinting support of his father and teachers who persuaded him to participate in multiple local and state-level […]
14 Dec 2015
A little girl walked into a postcard stall in Ahmedabad, and handed over her postcard to the person collecting them. The address column just had ‘Mom’ on it, while the body of the letter only had “I love you.” “It may seem clichéd but it is as simple as that. Sometimes we find it so […]
12 Sep 2015
A repairman from Gujarat has successfully designed ‘an AC sofa’ which can be used even at outdoor events and consumes less electricity than the tower air-conditioners. Gandhinagar resident Dashrath Patel, who repairs ACs, came up with the idea some years ago. He was helped by the National Institute of Design in developing the product. “I […]
28 Jul 2015
Vijay Kumar is a professor at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. With over 30 years of experience in design innovation, he has consulted to numerous global organisations such as Autodesk, Bose, Hallmark, Kraft Foods, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, T-Mobile and Texas Instruments. He completed a bachelor of science from the University […]
20 Aug 2014