Friday, September 11, 2015

A perfect cup of tea

Sometimes joy can be found in the little things. For me, a perfectly brewed cup of tea is one of them. Everybody has their own style and recipe for a cup of tea. Black, green, yellow or colourless, light or full bodied, the choices are endless and yet, there is a recipe for every need. I happen to have in-laws who also really enjoy their cup of tea and take an interest in building that one good cup of chai. Every time I visit, there is a new mix that's followed and the results are always great! So I'm documenting some of the recipes that I've seen so far including some of my own for people who appreciate simpler recipes.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Alice turns 150

Illustration by Sir John Tunnel

What fun! It's been 150 years since Alice in Wonderland was first published. Despite having read countless abridged versions of it, I finally got my own copy only a few years back. It's a lovely unabridged version and belongs to the Vintage Series.

I stumbled onto the official website that has been created to mark this occasion and there are quite a few things that I found exciting like these videos below that actually play on loop.


The website is filled with exciting visuals, and tells the story of Alice even before it was penned down into the book and tracks it down history in an exciting timeline interspersed with rich stories of its creators through time. 

With its vivid imagery, unique characters and mesmerizing places, Alice in Wonderland is a treat to all ages. Like these prints made by William Morris remind me of the enchanting gardens that Alice danced though. 

Now off for a cup of tea!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Things I learnt from MP Ranjan

On 9th August 2015, Professor MP Ranjan left us, creating a unified wave of grief across the nation and far beyond. A beloved professor, design thinker and an avid publisher of his thoughts and ideas, Ranjan was an inspiration for all those who knew him or of him. I had the opportunity to pay a small tribute to him at one of DesignDay Bangalore's August session and I was completely overwhelmed with what to say. Kind words and memories poured into Facebook and across the internet. People all over the country met in groups to share their grief and feelings and it was a beautiful phenomenon. I myself was part of a small gathering in Bangalore and I remember as I left that Ranjan was and continues to be a force for positive change. I decided to instead focus my tribute on what I had learnt from him, in my brief encounters as a student at NID. And here they are:

  1. Designing is not an isolated activity but a function of people and processes
  2. Invest in ideation to enrich your thinking process
  3. Iterate and test your theories
  4. Share, Publish and Talk about your work
I also shared this beautiful video compiled by Professor Praveen Nahar which was screened at NID, Ahmedabad.

I am also sharing his blog Design For India in keeping with his lifelong mission to unify and empower the design community in the country.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Weaving Homes

Weaving modules were the highlight of my earlier days as a textile design student. Two days of intense prep were required to make a seemingly endless warp. I often used to wonder how amazing it would be if only we could weave endlessly too in the same warp.

I got to live through this fantasy briefly when I stumbled onto Abeer Seikaly's project -"Weaving a Home" that recently won the Lexus Design Award. Jokes apart, his idea for creating sustainable living conditions in harsh climates is a beautiful vision of how once can make a great impact with a simple idea.

His clearly illustrated sketches show how fabric is seamlessly joined to make beautiful structures for living. Here are some of them.

studies - cut & scored paper turns into a flexible/strechable pattern

See the entire project here