Exploring Collaborative Content-making at the UnBox Festival 2013

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Writing for Design

Smallness By Rohan Patankar This happy yellow afternoon, the second day of UnBox, on the lawns of  Zorba, as we sat together for a Vino Picnic lunch consisting of yummy sandwiches, salads, sangria  and cake, blaring Bollywood music from a family party  in the neighbouring farmhouse gave us some surprising company. We turned to our [...]

Writing for Design

Identity Crisis by Gauri Sanghi “The first person with a ‘specific design ‘ tag in two days. The world ought to be like that.” This is one of my log entries at the end of the second day Of the unbox festival which is a three day festival bringing in a lot of practitioners from [...]

Writing for Design

Unexperience by Madhvi Nawani Away from the main city, this year the Unbox festival was located on MG Road at a farmhouse called Zorba. Although I have lived in this city my whole life, this place seemed like a world of its own. There were people from various creative fields and creative people from not [...]

Grids

  Grids are tricky structures to design. They underpin the entire experience of a publication and yet function in an invisible kind of way. A well-crafted grid can enhance the content, giving it room to shine and do its thing. A poor grid on the other hand can be a difficult, rigid prison or worse, [...]

I am thinking of this moment, but when I type now, the ‘this’ has passed to become ‘that’ moment already. This thought seems to have initiated a chain of thoughts in my mind: To be in it /or/ to be of it; but is it possible to be in it \and\ yet to be of it. [...]

Roadmap to Collaboration?

Collaboration is one of those words you think you know what it means but how do you know how to get there? Is there a street map for collaboration – a way of navigation that indicates the most direct route from point A to Z? And, if such a map exists, would we want to [...]

Process

I’ve been fortunate to have worked with talented craftsmen – screenprinters – block makers – binders – mudflap makers – zeroxwallahs – fellow designers – and my small team of designers over the last few years. Somehow, the ‘process’ has been most satisfying. Most often the end result has turned out quite different from what [...]

Telling Tales

There are stories unfolding around us all the time. More so, in a situation like the UnBox Festival, which brings together a vibrant mix of practitioners whose work lies at the intersection of several domains of knowledge and practice. In the past 2 editions of the Festival, I have been privy to (and eavesdropper on) [...]

Multiplicity

Digital and analog, old-school and avant-garde: as language and technology have evolved so to have the ways in which we document, record, remember and share. My own work in charting the conversation around design in India involves writing, drawing, talking, tweeting in multiple formats and so does the work of many of the members of [...]

From London to New Delhi

I am coming to New Delhi in a few weeks’ time. Although this will be my second trip to India (my first was to Ahmedabad to conduct interviews with design colleagues at NID),  I am still filled with the same excitement and anticipation afforded by my first journey. I admit, I am looking at India [...]