Having worked as a designer for 5 years now and after recently graduating, I took time out to reflect upon what I enjoy about design and what keeps me going. This is a small part of that reflection from my personal journal. This is my attempt to document my journey as a designer and how I evolve with each project and phase.

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Design brings a great deal of ambiguity with it. Where no two processes are the same, and you learn to balance facts and intuition while navigating a project on the path to clarity. I enjoy this obscurity — with its absence of pre-set rules and regulations. It enables me to focus on diverse problems, and have the freedom to organically develop my unique approach as I play multiple roles — of a communicator, facilitator, catalyst or thinker simultaneously.

Being a tacit skill, design allows one to adapt and work on problems, which may otherwise be compartmented to a particular domain. So far, I’ve dived into the worlds of smart cities, luxury fashion, emerging technology, mobility, healthcare etcetera, addressing systemic issues of climate change, air pollution, changes in urban living or scoping strategies for future services. …

This is a 5 part series from my final thesis at Royal College of Art, where I question the relation between mundane and creativity.

#vacaymodeon #workhardplayhard

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“Today, in our culture of productivity-fetishism, we have succumbed to the tyrannical notion of “work/life balance” and have come to see the very notion of “leisure” not as essential to the human spirit but as self-indulgent luxury reserved for the privileged or deplorable idleness reserved for the lazy.

And yet the most significant human achievements between Aristotle’s time and our own — our greatest art, the most enduring ideas of philosophy, the spark for every technological breakthrough — originated in leisure, in moments of unburdened contemplation, of absolute presence with the universe within one’s own mind and absolute attentiveness to life without, be it Galileo inventing modern timekeeping after watching a pendulum swing in a cathedral or Oliver Sacks illuminating music’s incredible effects on the mind while hiking in a Norwegian fjord.”

This is a 5 part series from my final thesis at Royal College of Art, where I question the relation between mundane and creativity.

What is this life so full of care?
We have no time to stand and stare….

Leisure , W.H Davies #hustlehard #nopainnogain

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The relation between man and his work has always been dynamic. Right from the early man, whose job profile in modern terms could be described as ‘the hunter’, to someone today, who lives as part of the hustle culture, in an attempt to milk every opportunity to its full potential.

This changing perception of ‘work’ is a result of both cognitive and cultural evolution.As …


Astha Johri

Currently, re-imagining ways of working in future organisations and how to make second lunches a real deal

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