Original Artwork: INR 35,000 | Printed signed Copy: INR 8,000 | Size: 24 X 24 inch | 58.5 X 58.5 cm | Frame: +INR 7,000
Date: 5th Jan 2019 | Medium: Water Color | Paper: Fabriano Water Color Paper, Acid free, 300GSM
Buying option: 9920435006 | 9920435002
Let’s start this conversation with a bit of history.
Historically, we humans have been obsessed with prophecies. Whether it is concerning our own lives or in general about the world around us, we have always been invested heavily into building or believing in the instruments which allows us to effectively predict the future.
Take a bunch of crazy and talented designers in a room with some cool colours, great music, coffee on tap and some general mayhem and you get India’s best UX design studio.
At Fractal Ink, creating a fun and positive work atmosphere is almost a founding principle of the company. A fact epitomised by our previous workspace at Chembur. Though we had outgrown the space at the rate of an adolescent outgrowing a T-shirt, something about it was familiar and comforting to everyone here. …
Once upon a time there was a black ceiling. It was big squarish expanse, crisscrossed by a red lines that looked like the people beneath the ceiling had caught a bit of the night sky in a thick red fishing net and put it up so everyone could look up and imagine the stars. It did it’s ceilingy job of keeping out the rain and the run and the birds while keeping in the cool. It was a good ceiling.
For a very long time I tried blaming myself for being stupid and tried to keep this thought to myself. Starting with disclaimers just protects you from unwanted opinions so here is mine. Please consider this as a personal opinion and in no way is related to any person in real or virtual. I am not trying to offend anybody or any organisations in particular here and hence this confession of mine should be taken in the right spirit.
I have just wondered for very long now on the topic of how human brains train themselves and yet have not…
While we are still lost in things around us and fighting over supremacy of iOS over android or vice-a-versa, the next generation has already dumped the today’s world and is moving on.
I got four 11 year olds in a room and tried to extract some of their thoughts on future technologies and their vision. They were subjected to some questions which were prefixed with “What if”. It was amazing to see their response. What was most surprising was that none of their ideas about future featured mobile phones, iOS, Android, smart TVs and any existing pieces of technology.
My two pence of advice to innovators, technologists, entrepreneurs, designers and younger generation would be to dump “what is” and start focusing on “what if”.
Here is a small documentation from that wonderful chat.
Think. Why do you push a door when it supposed to be pulled? Or why do we struggle with the knobs in our hotel bathrooms? Or why is it so hard to understand the controls on a microwave? Although these products are intended to make our lives easier and simple, they fail to do so. And that’s not all. On top of that most of the times when such mishaps happen, we feel terrible and foolish and end up blaming ourselves for it.
Caution: This is not a failure of the user but huge failure for the designer.
Have you ever wondered, why your dad is still apprehensive about touching your smart phone while your 4 year old has already started to teach you some tricks of using your smart phone smartly.
The truth is that the pace at which technology is racing ahead, it’s hard to keep up with it. Humans learn at a much lower pace, but when we do learn, we learn it for life and then it takes humongous effort to be able to change that habit.
One of the finest revelations that my past experience subtly brought forward to me was to give…