IV Soldiers is a studio space in Brooklyn for performances, meetings, lectures and an archive for the artistic community. The logo had to have a sense of boldness and character without being intimidating. It had to evoke a forward movement and dynamism- a reflection of the type of experimental art the space seeks to promote.
The solution was a fluid shape with the negative spaces forming the actual letters in the Roman IV. The bigger blocks of color was retained to allow for larger space to be used during promotions- where it could carry photos, illustrations of just type, keeping the nature of the logo very dynamic and organic. While the mnemonic evokes the spirit of experimentation, the stability and strength is highlighted by the bold type used for “Soldiers”- a sense of balance in attempting to bridge two worlds.
iTokri is a store based in Pune, India. It is starting its online operations and has conceptualized a space called “69”- where people from different walks of life get together, interact and form a unique social network. The poster is illustrated in an “Indian” style, taking elements from local “landmarks” (e.g. a famous bakery, a mystical sage, a biker etc) and also from the kind of activities that the space would promote (e.g. poetry reading, music performances, movie screenings, photography etc)
Kali Billi (=Black Cat) is a new technology/digital/UI oriented company based in New Delhi, India. The name is inspired from the association of black cats with superstition and magic in various cultures. Hiding the letters within the form of a “magically appearing” black cat works on the same notion of surprise and delight that the company seeks to create with its products.
Wedding card with the theme based on a comic book. The layout, graphics and typography mimic a graphic novel- all inspired from the superhero-themed photoshoot of the bride and groom- which was in itself based on how the two met by traveling all across the world. Elements of landscape are taken from Singapore, the venue of the wedding. A custom banner and logo unit were also created to be used in the collateral and other design elements of the wedding.
A logo for a pastry shop. A fat little dough devil holding the essential tool of any bakery- the whisk- is a playful touch. It refers to how sinful the baked goods are- as if the devil himself is making these to tempt people into submission. Customized type evoking icing-typography complements the dough-devil to give a friendly look to the entire logo.
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.
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.
These graphic illustrations were developed for a upcoming mall in Mumbai that is billed as the largest mall in India till date. Spanning more than a kilometer of space on each floor, there are 7 atriums in between various sections VADS, a interior design firm, was assigned the job of developing way finding signage and developing distinct visual language on these atriums.
I developed many concepts and this was one of them. The atriums would be based on different themes related to Mumbai (e.g. Bollywood, the sea, cricket, monuments etc). The illustration style chosen was bold and distinct that would stand apart from all the other malls. Each atrium was color coded and every floor had a different visual related to the same theme. Apart from standing out, these distinct atriums become part of the way finding process for both, planners and visitors.