‘Funk’ it up

May 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Chumbak, Purple Jungle, Mara Hoffman

Like the genre of ‘Funk’ music was in vogue now its turn for the graphics to get all jazzed up. My recent fascination is with those lovely splash of colours which might seem random but definitely is in the right proportions. The first was Chumbak — a tribute to Indian street art. They have a collection of items which can be used as stationary and souvenirs. Its really fascinating how they manage to include all the intricate details into a small piece.

Next saw similar work while walking down the road of Hauz Khas village in Delhi and visiting the world of galleries. I think would definitely write a post about that experience very soon. There saw the works of the two French ladies in Purple Jungle. The colours stood out in the small outlet and I could not help but walk in to the store mesmerized with the vibrancy. But there was a difference unlike Chumbak where it was mostly illustrated this was the absolute raw Indian street art to its core. Some of it were digitized pictures of real objects. None the less a style much appreciated.

The last mention I would like to make is a name mostly popular in the fashion world Mara Hoffman, where she has made a mark with her tribal meets psychedelic prints. Its not the indian touch but somehow I the vibrancy of colours still reminded me of the style in the former two. The connection might be only in my mind but somehow I think the way these guys have created their palette is worth a look at.

I am sure there are many such artists and they would constantly be an inspiration to us to ‘Jazz’ it up. A word of thought — words like ‘Funk’, ‘Jazz’ are also music genres.


Business cards – Utility or Futility

May 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

Google business card

A few days back I was thinking of designing my own set of personal business cards. Then this thought came across that whom do I distribute it among? Followed by do I really need a business card or whether a website or personal blog reaches out to more than business cards. Honestly with the advent of these new technologies going back to hard copies is proving more and more far stretched.

Now the mobile device is getting more and more equipped to contain every bit of required information. You don’t mind carry it along cause anyways its part of your being now. You might miss your keys or wallet at times but you seldom miss your phone. Call it your life saver or partner for life! The point being even Blackberry is advertising the QR code concept. Things are paving path for a complete change.

Does that mean that the business cards will slowly cease to see light? Well like in my previous post about the Kindle, I cannot vouch for the business cards in a long term scenario. Definitely the feel of the card in your hands, an interesting layout and colour scheme can catch your attention but I think people are getting more and more web savvy and carrying or storing business cards in a folder will only accumulate dust over the years.

Sites like www.about.me has provided brilliant customisation solutions and now for people who still want the card in their hands provides print options too. If I were to choose I would still love to see my name printed on a card and I think that somewhere that self achievement still keeps the business cards alive. I humbly accept the streak of narcissism in me.

The point still remains in the coming years will we see a more advanced version of QR code generators and business cards with customised options for mobile devices. Should people rather be happy in being available at few clicks rather than searching through dusty card holders?

Mobility winning over self satisfaction? Only time can tell.

Dexter – Reel vs Real

May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment


My new addiction and fascination into the world of blood spatter and controversies. ‘Sinner’ or ‘Savior’ as the ads seem to debate. Well no here I am not going to talk about that as I have already bored the hell out of many people regarding this. This includes compulsive watching of the serial every night at 10. A strict ‘Do Not Disturb’ for everyone inclusive of phone calls. So when I said addiction I was actually not exaggerating.

Now here comes the interesting part. As we all know that the series has excessive content of blood bath and the main protagonist himself is a blood spatter expert. But the strange part is my interest in the serial. Myself is a character who faints at the mere sight of blood. My friends keep me away from hospitals as I have invariably ended up occupying one empty bed. In that case to have a fascination for such bloody feast every night is quite nerve cracking.

Honestly it makes one wonder the complexities of the human mind. Our likes in a virtual world can be quite a contrast in real life.

‘Kindle’ ing the small joys of life

May 1, 2011 § 5 Comments


Just yesterday I got my hands on the old volume of The Gitanjali – a masterpiece by Tagore. It was hidden amongst a pile of other books in an old shelf at my grandmothers. The discovery brought such joy that it left me thrilled for sometime staring at the old dusty copy. As I opened the book and started flipping through the pages with care in fear that the pages might crumble a lovely scent floated across. The whole experience then made me wonder. Are we becoming elusive to these little joys in the dot com era?

There are so much talks about the new technologies replacing books and newspapers. In fact the whole print media seems to be under speculation with the rising costs and ‘Go green’ factor. Paperback books has been held responsible for the depreciating forests. Agreed that all this is true but then reading a book on a Kindle (the amazing discovery by Amazon) can it ever equate the joy of holding an old copy of a masterpiece. Reading its content intoxicated by the rhythm of poetry and the musty smell of something that has refined by the years. We quote ‘Old is Gold’ in that case how can we measure the years of a virtual copy on the hand held devices to something that is real and tangible.

I am not against the new technology but just hurt how so many people are blinded by it. Searching a book by some easy click might be faster than hunting a book among piles of others but it definitely can never give us the joy of discovery. I think there are somethings which cannot be replaced and we should find a way of coexisting. I am sure an ardent book lover would always cherish his library but might equip himself also with a more modern device. It would be a shame if paperback books are scrapped out and we must learn to strike a balance rather than resorting to the Shift+Delete.

Old is Gold!

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