Friday, December 26, 2008

The Pink City Colour Story

Photography by: Nanki Nath, NID Project, November 2007

During 16th century, Jaipur was painted white, but the glare was too strong to view design, clarity and distinction between places around. It was Maharaja Ram Singh who tried colouring all city streets differently—green, yellow, pink and so on. Finally pink was adopted for the whole city. This pink is variously described as the “sandstone pink” or “honey pink”, or “deep oleander pink” (by Maharani Gayatri Devi), “crushed strawberry tint” (by Mark Twain in 1897). But, it’s nothing but a simple coating of red earth coloured of a village north of Kanota. The geru (terracotta), the colour is inevitable since to reduce time and cost of construction, all the major
buildings are made not of dressed stone, but of rubble, which had to be rendered/ painted (to protect it from light, rains and storms). Geru imitates the colour of region’s sandstone, mostly used notably in the Mughal imperial cities like Delhi, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri, as Jai Singh established his capital as an lternative power base to the Mughal authority, the design ad to accomplish this ambition. Thus, the colour wash completes the illusion and meaningfully eludes “imperial” look.

Stone here used to complements the colour wash.
Material used: Quartzite stone (imported from stone quarries in Jodhpur)

The colour is very mixed, but has a faint pinkish hue. Jaipur actually didn’t have the best quarries of both sandstone/marble, these areas were then controlled by Jodhpur due to their scarce availability in Jaipur. The use of rubble from the adjacent hills facilitated the building process by reducing the transportation costs, and the necessary application of cosmetic plaster was possible.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Song of the Flower_Khalil Gibran

Photograph by: Nanki Nath, Ahmedabad, August 2008
Flower decoration: Soumya Manivannan

Song of The Flower
I am a kind word uttered and repeated

B y the voice of Nature;
I am a star fallen from the
Blue tent upon the green carpet.
I am the daughter of the elements
With whom Winter conceived;
To whom Spring gave birth;
I wasReared in the lap of Summer and I
Slept in the bed of Autumn.-- by Khalil Gibran

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Poster on Peace by Daniel his work..

"Peace" by Daniel Chang, Graphic Design, a final poster from a transdisciplinary studio, instructors Martha Rich and Esther Watson, Illustration

Majestic Jaipur

Way towards The old city of Jaipur
Photography: nankinath, November 2007, Diploma Project-NID

Jaipur's changing in a big extremely liveable city. The beauty of it's roads being that they cross each other at 90 degrees...letting everyone remember places easily when they are navigating through the city scape. Much more on Jaipur in my later posts...there's so much to share...

Friday, December 19, 2008

my photography...more to add later

NID-Ahmedabad has beautiful landscape with lush green trees and adorable peacocks...
It's amazing clicking them as they know they have to give me the right poses to click interesting angles...photographing nature is the you feel free in nature's free flow...

interesting electrofork poster collection

good the shapes, colours and the graphic styles...

website designs..worthwatching...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Milton Glaser, The Great Design Generalist

Design is an amazing field. Noy only do you create, but you are constantly inspired by nature, trends, designers, their work and theories. Constant insipiration helps a designer generate more ideas, it motivates to go beyond limits and rules "to create".
As a Graphic Design student at NID, I used to read about legendary graphic designers, among whom, Milton Glaser influenced me the most and still does. The most attractive philosophy behind his designs is to project "the functional aspect of the graphic design", keeping intact the aesthetic nuances behind his creations. I recently bought a book named, "Creativity_Unconventional Wisdom from 20 Accomplished Minds". And among these 20 minds, the contribution by Glaser just had to be there.
Some of his thoughts
"Creativity", used frequently, is often not very carefully defined. It also exists as a noun, "the creatives", which is an abomination. It is too complex to be reduced to catch a simple idea.
Then, "What is Creativity?" actually? There are two kinds of people practising creativity. One, who invent or discover things/theories that never existed before. Two, the smart people who constantly thrive on other peoples' ideas. Majority of studios and art agencies are full of non-creative people. Its very clever to know what to steal from other designers. The true creative one relentlessly works to invent a vocabulary and a perception that has almost no precedent.
Design is by "the people-for the people". Hence, as a designer one has to always deal with, "What does your audience understand?", followed by, "How much new would be acceptable to your audience?" New ideas will always have constraints. When people talk about a new idea, one must ask, "Is it new or simply an old idea resurfaced a bit?"
Creativity, a survival mechanism
For some, "supression" from time to time nurtures their creative powers. For others, constant expression works far better. Professionalism versus creativity is a debatable issue. Certain jobs are to be done in certain ways. To explain, for instance, one cannot expect a car mechanic to br creative and invent a new way to repair one's car.
Professionalism discourages transgression because transgression encompases the possibility of failures and if one wants to be a professional, the instinct should be not to fail. It is to repeat success.

Where do new ideas come from?
Glaser says that he does exercises with students which depend on mind reading and the realization that we don't know what we know. Just by going through a book on Coptic painting, one will have hundred ideas about how to interpret it and use it for some purposes. Ideas come from everywhere.
Milton Glaser takes his constant inspiration from reading about other things- anthropology, behaviour and brain structure. According to him, "Ideas seem to come from own personal histories, those of other generations, and the visual history of the world."
Glaser, The Design Educationaist, coins a universal code for any design activity in any subject:
1. Identify your Audience
2. Clarify your Message - What is it you want to tell them to do?
3. Decide on how that message can be most effectively shaped in terms of style, technique and

Amazing Typo Links

Discovered two Design Process stages

Archer's systematic method of designers
The six stages of Archer's methods published:
1. Programming
2. Data Collection
3. Analysis
4. Synthesis
5. Development
6. Communication

Thirteen stages of design process devised by J.N. Siddall, designer/engineer
1. Definition of Problem
2. Scanning of all possible design and environmental variables acting on the machine
3. Definition of constraints (legal requirements and standards) uniting of design specifications
4. Creating the basic concept
5. Analysis of the evolutionary basis of the machine
6. Survey on suppliers
7. Optimization
8. Detailing
9. Calculation
10. Procurement
11. Prototypes
12. Testing

Book source:
A Basic Course in Graphic Richard Taylor

Great Book Review: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer, by Debbie Millman

Source: Some noteworthy points for a Graphic Designer...........

The Zen Metaphor Wanting or trying to think that way or to attain that state of mind may be a sure-fire way to fail. Instead, creative spirit, artistic talent, and a diverse set of non-design interests must be catalyzed by a dedication to the task at hand and a playful sense of humor. The creative state itself is spurred by humor, and perhaps one of the reasons that Millman got such interesting interviews out of her subjects (well, other than her capable and flexible questioning) is that her interviewees were uniformly funny.

Comedy is predicated on the establishment of a set of rules followed by the sudden and unexpected violation of those rules. That sounds suspiciously like what any teacher in the arts will tell aspiring students. Whether it's said about the graphic design grid, Picasso's cubism, or a Zen book of koans, once the student learns the rules, they can throw out the book. The value comes in the contrast of expectation with the arrival of the truly new.

The lateral thinking that makes for a creative designer is akin to that of comedy, so it is not surprising to find a significant wit among these designers. While I'll leave Chip Kidd's comical list of fears to the reader to discover, I can't resist repeating Massimo Vignelli's closing joke. When asked by Millman, "Is there anything that you haven't done that you want to do?" Vignelli replies, "Oversee the redesign of the Vatican. Such a joke! Can you imagine? The pope as a client! That'd be lovely, turning to the pope and saying, 'Well, the symbol is okay. We can live with that, but everything else has to go.'"

Light The Passion Share The Dream

The Logo of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay
The logo owes much of its inspiration to the traditional concept of "fire phoenix", and presents the image of two runners holding the Olympic Flame high. As ancient Chinese legend has it, phoenix is the king of all birds, and symbolizes good fortune, eternity, nobility and happiness. The use of the phoenix image in the Torch Relay logo conveys the idea that the Torch Relay will send the best wishes from the Beijing Olympic Games to people all over China and
the rest of the world.

The theme of the relay is "Journey of Harmony"
The theme embodies the Olympic ideal of 'placing sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity'. 'Harmony' boasts strong Chinese characteristics, and expresses the traditional Chinese philosophy in pursuit of a balance between man and nature, among people and between man's body and soul.

The Slogan of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay
The slogan of the relay is "Light the Passion Share the Dream".
The slogan is highly expressive of the theme and distinctive in sentence structure. "Light the passion" captures the spirit of Olympic Torch Relay and is inspiring. "Share the Dream" falls within Olympic language terminology and correlates with the staging concepts of the Beijing Olympic Games and its "One World One Dream" slogan.
view the link its a 3D visual treat