It’s a new year and that means it’s time for a new helmet. The first experiment with a polycarbonate helmet meant that I could only use water-based colors since thinner based paints could affect the integrity of the helmet. Used pearlized airbrush colors with brushes that gave that unique shimmering effect- seen best in the bright sun. Coated with a gloss urethane coat. The next project will be full airbrushing but without stencils-the feel of a freehand is too much to give up! The orange not only highlights my brand color but suitably matches my latest bike- a KTM!
Forest Essentials makes premium Ayurvedic beauty products and it needed to reposition itself in a fast growing segment. The redesign concept was inspired by the exquisite tradition of miniature art of India that was patronized by royal Mughal & Rajput families. Ingredients were illustrated individually by hand and were assigned specific colors that helped in shelf placement & product recognition. The direction was a big step away from the generic and kitschy pattern-based designs to a more focused and integrated approach. While I did the concept & design, the illustrations were done by the talented Manav Sachdev.
The Maids’ Company is a philanthropic firm with a not-for-profit business model- it provides professional housekeeping services while empowering and bringing dignity to domestic workers. It needed an identity and visual communication that spoke to a relatively younger professional audience but was direct and effective at the same time. I refined a rough draft of the logo and designed stationery, brochures, posters and a website.
See here: http://themaidscompany.com/
Book cover for a diet book by a well-known Indian author/dietitian. The book was about healthy eating with “everyday foods”. The aim was to use a distinctive style to make it stand out in any book shelf in a crowd of diet books.
This display box is designed to carry 40 sample packets of a substantial trial size. A finalist in a packaging competition, this design of display box solves four problems:
1. Size: It is small enough to fit on a bar/restaurant counter without bring an obstruction
2. Visibility: Despite it’s small size, the availability of lot of space for branding and the podium shape itself makes this box highly visible to the targeted consumers
3. Portability: It can be folded into flat packages and transported in large numbers
4. Construction: The design can be die-cut from long sheets of paper by placing the design in repeat reducing wastage. It also eliminates the need for adhesives to keep the box together making it eco-friendly.
Logo for Indian fashion designer Abhishek Gupta. The mark is inspired from the designer’s work which consists of a lot of handwork and traditional Indian weaving techniques mixed with modern designs. Also serving as inspiration is the interior of the store that is replete with a lot of fine line work of metal exuding a minimal and classy look. The interwoven letters of the modified typeface stands apart in the crowd of straight, untouched and uppercase type-based fashion labels.
The India Shelter Finance Corporation (ISFC) is a fairly new micro finance company in India. Their main aim is to provide loans to people from the unorganized sector of the Indian economy (which is fairly large). The loans were to help them build new homes for themselves or extend their existing homes with new constructions.
The unique feature of this sector is that most of the people do not have formal papers of employment or a regular paycheck even though they may be engaged in some profession or the other. What makes communicating to them more challenging is that most of them are illiterate or barely educated. They do not usually read newspapers and most of the alphabet that they can read is their own vernacular or Latin numbers. The brief given to Green Goose Design for the branding was simple- it had to communicate to this section of professionals that this was a company that gives loans to make houses and all promotional material had to ingrain this idea in as little time as possible.
The bricks placed on top of each other in an ascending order denotes the act of constructing, giving the whole logo dynamism while keeping it recognizable and familiar. The red dot signifies the “bindi” that most Indian women wear, hinting at the power of the Indian woman in the house in making decisions regarding loans and other money matters. The Hindi version of the logo is referred to as the “customer facing identity” and is the logo that is mostly used for all promotional purposes. All promotions depend on very few words, simple layout and to-the-point marketing. Building brand recognition compliments the process of building trust among the people with their services.
Pau Wow is the shoe label by designer Pia Pauro. Designed to be elegant party wear with the sensibility of Boho chic, her shoes carry her personality prominently. The logo accentuates the whimsical nature of the brand by using type that is intertwined with a shoe that characterizes the boldness of the entire line on offer.
For those who missed out, this is the year of the Rabbit- so have a jolly hopping time!
Rock A Bella launched in November 2010 in New Delhi. A boutique promoting bohemian chic fashion so the branding had to be feminine yet quirky- from the logo to the shopping bags to the bill book.