34 episodes

Designed this way podcast is an initiative to start candid conversations with designers and other creative folks, to bring out the stories about the realities of living a creative life.
Not just the stories of courage, hard work and success but also the stories of mistakes, rejections and doubts. These wide-ranging conversations also reveal the diversity of thoughts, practices and opinions that exist in the creative world.

Made by Kawal Oberoi for young creatives and creatives who are young at heart.
It's designed this way.

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Designed this way podcast is an initiative to start candid conversations with designers and other creative folks, to bring out the stories about the realities of living a creative life.
Not just the stories of courage, hard work and success but also the stories of mistakes, rejections and doubts. These wide-ranging conversations also reveal the diversity of thoughts, practices and opinions that exist in the creative world.

Made by Kawal Oberoi for young creatives and creatives who are young at heart.
It's designed this way.

    Parimal Parmar

    Parimal Parmar

    Parimal is an Indian Type and Graphic Designer. Parimal has designed some retail typefaces with ITF i.e Indian Type Foundry and Typotheque. Some of the notable typefaces he has designed are ITF Gujarati, Lava Devanagari and Katana. Katana is one of my favourite typefaces. He is also working on a typeface for Sharda Script. Sharda is a script native to the Kashmir region.

    RELEVANT LINKS (Chronological)

    Parimal’s WebSite - parimalparmar.in
    Stefan Sagmeister - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Sagmeister
    Swastika - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika
    Surat - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surat
    Gujarati (Language) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gujarati_language
    DJ Academy of Design - djad.in
    NID - www.nid.edu/home
    Professor Balaram’s Podcast - soundcloud.com/designedthisway/singanapallibalaram
    Indian Type Foundry - https://www.indiantypefoundry.com
    White Crow Design - whitecrow.in
    Ek Type Foundry - ektype.in
    Devanagari - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devanagari
    CJK characters - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CJK_characters
    Codesign - codesign.in
    Rajesh Dahiya’s Podcast - soundcloud.com/designedthisway/rajesh-dahiya
    Unbox Festival - http://unboxfestival.com
    Design Habit - designhabit.com
    Satya Rajpurohit - www.indiantypefoundry.com/about
    ITF Devanagari - indiantypefoundry.com/fonts/itf-devanagari
    Akhand - indiantypefoundry.com/fonts?search-term-submit=&term=Akhand
    Katana - indiantypefoundry.com/fonts/katana
    ITF Gujarati - www.indiantypefoundry.com/fonts/itf-gujarati
    Rocky (Hitesh Malaviya) - www.instagram.com/rocky_sandboa
    Peter Biľak - peterbilak.com
    Kohinoor Devanagari - indiantypefoundry.com/fonts/kohinoor-devanagari
    Lava Devanagari - typotheque.com/fonts/lava/devanagari
    Glyphs App - glyphsapp.com
    Ramakrishna Saiteja - typotheque.com/authors/ramakrishna_saiteja
    Sharda Script - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharada_script
    Kashmiri Pandits - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashmiri_Pandits
    Our Moon has blood clots - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Moon_Has_Blood_Clots
    Brahmi Script - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmic_scripts
    Siddhaṃ script - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddhaṃ_script
    Gurmukhi Script - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurmukhi
    Takri script - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takri_script
    Sharada Peeth - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharada_Peeth
    Anshuman Pandey - pandey.github.io
    ANRT - anrt-nancy.fr
    Article 370 - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_370_of_the_Constitution_of_India
    Ladakh - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladakh
    Dogri - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogri_language
    Economic, social and cultural rights - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic,_social_and_cultural_rights
    eGangotri - egangotri.wordpress.com
    Delhi :* - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delhi

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Anurag Arora

    Anurag Arora

    Anurag is a product designer based out of Bengaluru. He worked at Uber India as a Senior Product designer for over 5 years. He is known for his work on Uber Lite, Uber Bus and Phone call to ride. Before Uber, he worked briefly at Twitter and Microsoft. Now, he’s a co-founder of an on-demand interviewing platform called Intervue.

    Besides Design, Anurag also has a strong passion for Food. His love for food landed him at Le Cordon Bleu in London, where he pursued a professional culinary course. And he has also worked briefly in professional kitchens and Michelin Star restaurants.

    On this episode, we talk about Anurag’s interest in design and food, and about how he balances them both.

    Old Delhi Food Crawl : 00:02:00 - 00:19:30
    Childhood, School and Design Education : 00:19:30 - 01:06:00
    Internship at Microsoft | Work at Twitter : 01:06:00 - 01:20:00
    Work at Uber : 01:20:00 - 02:06:00
    Culinary Arts | Le Courdon Bleu | Food (Basically) - 02:06:00 onwards

    RELEVANT LINKS (Chronological)
    Anurag’s Site - anuragarora.com
    Le Courdon Bleu - cordonbleu.edu/home/en
    Old Delhi - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Delhi
    Nihari - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nihari
    Offal - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offal
    Kulfi - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kulfi
    Harees - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harees
    Punjab - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punjab
    Tadka - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempering_(spices)
    Kashmiri Wazwan - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wazwan
    Moga - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moga,_Punjab
    Sikhism - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism
    Langar - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langar_(Sikhism)
    Jalandhar - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jalandhar
    NID - nid.edu
    IDC - idc.iitb.ac.in
    DoD, IIT - design.iitd.ac.in
    OCAD, Canada - continuingstudies.ocadu.ca
    Travis Kalanick (Uber) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travis_Kalanick
    Uber Lite - www.uber.com/in/en/u/uber-lite-app/
    Uber Transit (Bus) - www.uber.com/us/en/transit/
    Uber Rebrand - wolffolins.com/case-study/uber
    Wolff Ollins - wolffolins.com
    Brand New Conference - bnconf.com
    Neapolitan pizza - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neapolitan_pizza
    Punjabis making cheese in Italy - www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33149580 & www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Cheese_makers_of_Italy
    Ciabata - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciabatta
    Balsamic Vinegar - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balsamic_vinegar
    Cuisine of Sardinia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuisine_of_Sardinia
    Risotto - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risotto
    Honeycomb toffee - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeycomb_toffee
    Anthony Bourdain - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Bourdain
    Atul Kochhar - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atul_Kochhar
    Kricket, London - kricket.co.uk
    Pidgin, London - pidginlondon.com
    Burrata - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrata
    The Soul Company, Bangalore - thesoulcompany.in
    Miso - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miso
    Intervue - intervue.io

    • 3 hrs 50 min
    Khyati Trehan

    Khyati Trehan

    Khyati graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and has since, gone on to work across disciplines, often exploring the edges of all things visual for clients including Instagram, Snapchat, New Yorker Magazine, the New York Times, Samsung, PRINT, Wework, Adobe and Apple.

    Her work is playful, emotive and dimensional and has been featured in publications such as WIRED, Vice, Communication Arts, Fast Company, Creative Review, It’s Nice That and Wepresent among others. Khyati was one of Print Magazine's 15 New Visual Artists under 30 in 2017, was chosen as the Artistry Creator of the Year at Adweek’s Creator Visionary Awards, and is a Young Guns 19 Winner.

    On today’s episode, we talk about her journey as a designer & visual artist, about her idea of curating her career to pick as many skill sets as possible, we try to peek into her design process and how she thinks.

    RELEVANT LINKS (Chronological)

    Khyati’s Site - khyatitrehan.com
    Mirambika - mirambika.org
    ISRO - isro.gov.in
    Sri Aurobindo - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Aurobindo
    NID - www.nid.edu
    Episode with Professor S. Balaram - soundcloud.com/designedthisway/singanapallibalaram
    Beauty of Science Diagram - khyatitrehan.com/The-Beauty-of-Scientific-Diagrams
    William Harvey - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Harvey
    Indian Type Foundry - indiantypefoundry.com
    Satya - www.indiantypefoundry.com/designers/satya-rajpurohit
    Tarsus - www.indiantypefoundry.com/fonts/tarsus
    Bézier curve - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bézier_curve
    Pranav Mistry - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pranav_Mistry
    Codesign - http://codesign.in
    Sanchit Sawaria - sawariasanchit.com
    Prateek Upreti - www.upretiprateek.com
    Zalando - www.zalando.com
    IDEO - ideo.com
    Akshan Ish - akshan.in
    Cinema 4D - maxon.net/en/cinema-4d
    Spline - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spline_(mathematics)
    Grey Scale Gorilla - greyscalegorilla.com
    Collins - wearecollins.com
    Karin Fyhrie - karinfyhrie.com
    Khyati’s Editorial Design Work - khyatitrehan.com/Editorial-Illustrations
    Kavya Trehan - www.instagram.com/kavyatrehan/
    AndWalsh - andwalsh.com
    Snapchat Spectacles AR Project - khyatitrehan.com/Snap
    NFT - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-fungible_token
    Blockchain - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockchain
    Web3 - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web3
    Tezos - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tezos
    Ethereum - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethereum
    Libertarianism - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarianism
    Eric Hu - erichu.info
    Sovereign Objects - sovereignobjects.com

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Aarman Roy

    Aarman Roy

    Aarman Roy is a young visual artists and graphic designer from New Delhi, India. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Design from School of Visual Arts, New York. Along with his partner Charu, Aarman Co-founded Akademi Magazine, a leftist print and web publication dedicated to politics, art, culture and society. Aarman overlooks Creative Direction at Akademi. With the tools of graphic design, Aarman liked to create work that’s diverse and beautiful, and the kind of work that pushes aesthetic boundaries. On this episode we talk about how he was about to become an engineer and then how he found his true calling in Design. We talk about the design education he’s pursuing right now, about his work experiences, we deep dive into his process of creating the amazing work he does for Akademi magazine.

    RELEVANT LINKS (Chronological)
    Aarman Roy - aarmanroy.com
    Akademi Magazine - akademimag.com
    Akademi’s Instagram - www.instagram.com/akademimag/
    Charu - www.linkedin.com/in/charu-pragya-755956133/
    Tripura - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tripura
    Bangladesh (War of Independence) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh#War_of_Independence
    Comilla - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comilla
    Aarman’s presentation at Exun - www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Q98_pshNs
    Delhi Technical University - http://dtu.ac.in
    NID - nid.edu
    Cinema 4D - www.maxon.net/en/cinema-4d
    Panini Pandey - paninipandey.com
    SVA - sva.edu
    Paul Rand - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Rand
    New York Times Behind the Cover - www.nytimes.com/series/behind-the-cover
    Zipeng Zhu - http://zz-is.it
    Wix - wix.com
    DIA - dia.tv
    Louise Fili - louisefili.com
    Adobe After Effects - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_After_Effects
    CAA (India) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizenship_(Amendment)_Act,_2019
    Citizenship Amendment Act protests - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizenship_Amendment_Act_protests
    Columbia University - columbia.edu
    John Dewey - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dewey
    B. R. Ambedkar - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._R._Ambedkar
    Caste - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caste
    Suraj Yengde - scholar.harvard.edu/surajyengde/about
    Article 370 of the Constitution of India - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_370_of_the_Constitution_of_India
    Attack on Caravan Journalists - thewire.in/media/caravan-reporters-attacked-north-east-delhi
    Time :) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Lisa Rath

    Lisa Rath

    Lisa joined Itu Chaudhuri Design (ICD) soon after her graduation in 1997 from the National Institute of Design (NID), where she studied Visual Communication, and has been a principal at Itu Chaudhri’s Design for over a decade. Lisa leads their UI/UX projects, both ERP and editorial, maintaining a keen, yet skeptical eye on novel developments. Lisa has taught and judged at the NID and and has been a jury member, moderator speaker at UX events. On this episode, we talk about the series of events that led to Lisa becoming a designer, her experience at NID, how she joined ICD as an intern and then worked there for more than two decades. We talk about some projects Lisa has led, her concerns about the world of UX and about the new challenges a design agency like ICD faces in the 2020s and much more.

    The Hindu - icdindia.com/projects/energising-the-online-presence-of-indias-most-trusted-daily-newspaper/
    Re:Reader - Ministry of Utmost Happiness - www.theministryofutmosthappiness.com
    Quint - icdindia.com/projects/bringing-vibrancy-to-the-quint-website/

    RELEVANT LINKS (Chronological)
    ICD - icdindia.com
    Itu Chaudhuri’s Podcast - soundcloud.com/designedthisway/itu-chaudhuri
    Ambassador Car - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindustan_Ambassador
    Satyajit Ray - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyajit_Ray
    NID - nid.edu
    CEPT - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CEPT_University
    S Balaram’s Podcast - soundcloud.com/designedthisway/singanapallibalaram
    Elephant Design - elephantdesign.com
    CD ROM (For Gen Z) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CD-ROM
    Rohtang Pass - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohtang_Pass
    Rajesh Dahiya’s Podcast - soundcloud.com/designedthisway/rajesh-dahiya
    Indigo Restaurant - icdindia.com/projects/putting-a-face-to-nouvelle-cuisine/
    Open Magazine - openthemagazine.com
    InDesign - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_InDesign
    SEO - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine_optimization
    Srijan (Drupal Developer) - www.srijan.net
    SENSEX (For non-Indians) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSE_SENSEX
    Witness (Exhibition) - icdindia.com/projects/giving-witness-a-room/
    The Guardian - theguardian.com
    IAS - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Administrative_Service
    The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
    Responsiveness - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Responsive_web_design
    Ministry of Utmost Happiness - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ministry_of_Utmost_Happiness
    Arundhati Roy - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arundhati_Roy
    God of Small Things - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_God_of_Small_Things
    After Effects - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_After_Effects
    CSS - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSS
    Bahaus - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus
    2002 Gujarat riots - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Gujarat_riots
    Quint Magazine - www.thequint.com
    Ritu (Quint) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritu_Kapur
    Raghav (Quint) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raghav_Bahl
    Ayodhya Dispute - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayodhya_dispute
    Confirmation Bias - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias
    First-mover advantage - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-mover_advantage
    Zamindar - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zamindar
    Richa Bharghava - www.richabhargava.com

    • 2 hrs 29 min
    Singanapalli Balaram

    Singanapalli Balaram

    Balaram is a veteran industrial designer and educator. He was among the first batch of trainees at the National Institute of design. Later he served as a senior faculty and Chairman of Education at the NID. After retiring from NID, he served as a Dean at DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore. He also helped in the formation of the Craft Development Institute in J&K. Currently, he is the Director of SASI Creative Colleges, Coimbatore. Apart from his contribution to design education in India, he has practiced industrial design for objects/products critical to Indian masses - like a Bicycle, Bullock Cart, Stone-top, Bamboo Duster, Tongue Cleaner etc. He has also published a book compiling his thoughts and academic papers named ‘Thinking Design’. On this episode, we talk about his surreal childhood, the history of Design in India and his love for designing critical ordinary objects that affect the masses.

    S. Balaram’s blog - balaram43.blogspot.com
    NID - nid.edu
    DJAD - djad.in
    J&K Craft Development Institute - cdisgr.org
    Sasi Creative Inst. of Design - scid.ac.in
    Kashayam - Crushed Mixture in Ayurveda
    Gunnathotavalasa & Bobili - https://goo.gl/maps/NfVR58STgyqFcTUi8
    Visakhapatnam - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visakhapatnam
    Kolam - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolam
    Datun (Balaram used it to make brush) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teeth-cleaning_twig
    Tholu bommalata - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tholu_bommalata
    Sari - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sari
    Telugu - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telugu
    Projector Slides - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slide_projector
    Bapu - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bapu_(director)
    Rabindranath Tagore - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabindranath_Tagore
    Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarat_Chandra_Chattopadhyay
    Premchand - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premchand
    Sardarji (Sikh Man) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism
    Shantiniketan - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shantiniketan
    Kumar Vyas - indianexpress.com/article/india/design-fraternity-mourns-demise-of-nid-faculty-h-kumar-vyas-4585703/
    Dashrat Patel - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dashrath_Patel
    Jawaharlal Nehru - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jawaharlal_Nehru
    Sarabhai family - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarabhai_family
    Charles Eames - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Eames
    Pupul Jayakar - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pupul_Jayakar
    The India Report - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_India_Report
    Lota (vessel) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lota_(vessel)
    Calico Mills - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calico_Mills
    Le Corbusier - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Corbusier
    Bob Gill - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Gill_(artist)
    Mahendra Patel - designedthisway.com (3rd episode)
    George Nakashima - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Nakashima
    Soul of a Tree - nakashimawoodworkers.com/accessory/the-soul-of-a-tree/
    Henri Matisse - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Matisse
    Bruce Archer - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Bruce_Archer
    Shiva Nallaperumal - shiva-n.com
    Kalamkari - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalamkari
    Narasimha - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narasimha
    Laurie Baker - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Baker
    Padmanabhapuram Palace - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padmanabhapuram_Palace
    Indian Oil Corporation - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Oil_Corporation
    Vimana - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vimana
    Oxygenator - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygenator
    Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute - sctimst.ac.in
    Dhimant Panchal - www.mitid.edu.in/Dhimant-Panchal.html
    V. S. Naipaul - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V._S._Naipaul
    Arundhati Roy - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arundhati_Roy
    Parimal Parmar - parimalparmar.in
    Langar - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langar_(Sikhism)
    Thinking Design (there’s another edition with NID)- www.amazon.com/Thinking-Design-S-Balaram-ebook/dp/B01L1UX5FE
    Irma Boom - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irma_Boom
    Barefoot doctor - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barefoot_doctor

    • 2 hrs 43 min

Customer Reviews

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30 Ratings

tejalmgala ,


Relatable, honest & inspiring ! The conversations are just so easy to follow and always open our eyes to new perspectives. Kawal asks the right questions, with humility. If you don’t know which one to begin with, it has to be Mahendrabhai Patel’s episode. And believe me, you will find yourself listening to the rest of them by yourself.

At a time when I felt a little lost, these podcasts showed me hidden directions. They’re tiramisu (literally meaning - cheer me up) !

Looking forward to more :)

Roshneed ,

Documenting the scene

Great insight into the indian design scene. Kawal asks the right questions and reveals so much of the common ups and downs that a designer faces in India. Good work, K!

balrajsidhuasr ,

An absolute must!

Thank you so much Kawal for making this podcast. This is a must for designers who are active in the field in India.
Such great insights from the professionals who are doing amazing work in India.
This is a delight for so many of us who have been following the work of western studios and designers for so long.

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