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in the Print Labs. March 2014

19 Mar

in the Print Labs. photo credits: Aman Bhardwaj

It’s been almost two years now that I have ignored this blog… not deliberately though. Many things kept me busy at work and at home — some interesting stuff has happened with a couple of calendars, new logos and exciting classes at NID…
I am going to be back soon after this hiatus, and watch out for updates… pretty soon

[photo credit: Aman Bhardwaj, GDPD student Graphic Design semester 4]


Love You Dad

23 Apr


Dad left for his heavenly abode on the night of 18th April 2012, after a brief, intense battle with Glioma (brain cancer). He left very peacefully at around 11.45 pm (at home), with me and my mother and my wife at his bedside at that moment.

A believer in hands on approach to solving problems, he was born in village Mahichal, Multan district (now in Pakistan). The entire family moved into India during the 1947-48 exodus following the partition. A self made man, he did his mechanical engineering at Mathura. I am proud that he was at Nangal, building the Bhakra Nangal Dam in the late 50s, before joining Steel Authority of India Limited at Rourkela Steel Plant, Odisha.

He was an animal lover and we had the spectrum of pets at home from cows to hens to rabbits and parrots, not to mention several dogs. He liked to spend his free time tending to his plants in the small kitchen garden we had. I remember the roses he grafted, with a red rose on one branch and yellow on the other. I owe my understanding of Botany and the plant kingdom to his passion for gardening.

A methodical person, he made sure I knew how to clean the spark plug and replace the spare wheel, before he taught me how to drive a scooter.

A loving Dad, he always encouraged me to pursue my dreams, even though he had other thoughts for his son.

Love you Dad !!!

it’s been a long time

29 Nov

and there is very little time left for the current year to end.

Times have been hectic with several significant things happening – both at professional, academic and home fronts.

I promise I shall come back soon and be more regular in my posts. Meanwhile check out this picture taken by my student, Manoj Naorem during the visual identity classes.
I quite like this picture – nicely cropped and captured just the right moment.

the order in madness

9 Feb

I have been rather quiet for sometime now. It is not that I was away from the battle field.

several interesting things have happenned. The annual Convocation, My presentation at the international Vision Plus Conference

Radha Pandey, a hand-book binder from Delhi coming in and taking a two week workshop at NID (more on that later, meanwhile you can give yourself a visual treat on her blog)

Right now – I have been very busy with organising the international seminar and workshops, Typography Day 2011 at NID as a part of its Golden Jubilee Celebrations. It is exciting – the pleasures and the pressures. more details on the site

shall come back soon


2010 in review:: thank you all for dropping in…

2 Jan

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 15 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 30 posts. There were 38 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 12mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 3rd with 108 views. The most popular post that day was concepts of logo for RTI, Govt. of India.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for right to information logo, question mark, question mark icon, duality, and indian rupee logo.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


concepts of logo for RTI, Govt. of India April 2010


New logo for RTI launched in India October 2010


The Indian Rupee symbol and the logo for RTI June 2010


Logo for Right to Information: alternative ideas May 2010


Ajit Ninan on RTI, the new logo and other things September 2010

understanding vulnerability for disaster risk reduction

12 Jun

well, this an old project which I was revisiting for a paper I am working on ‘visual perceptions’

I collaborated with an old friend of mine who is a qualified architect but a passionate illustrator, currently counting time as a e-learning expert.

check out the finals here . you can download the full pdf, and some more details of the project here.

The actual brief was to develop a set of 18 panels (due to constraints of space at the client’s training centre). however, better sense prevailed and within the same budget we worked out the panels, plus a booklet which is easy to read/browse. The icing on the cake is an accompanying DVD which has high resolution artworks – ready to print (upto 2’x3′) and also low res images which can be used for presentations on teh subject.