There's something about t-shirts as a medium that inspires me. It not only invites one to create something fun (and possibly clever) but meaningful as well. I've tried to fulfill all these conditions in my designs and ideas here.
Follow the sign
This design was what I submitted to a competition on Threadless.com, to create a t-shirt with Pixar's 'Toy Story' as the theme. My design was chosen among several others to be available on a custom order basis on threadless here.
The idea behind this design was to emulate ordinary 'exit' or 'stairs' signage found in most buildings everywhere. The ordinary source compliments the extraordinary content of this design which encourages everyone, no matter where you come from, to aim for the stars.
I grew up in India at a time when channels like 'MTV' and 'Channel V' actually were about music and not what they are now. This idea came to me whilst indulging in a moment of nostalgia looking up MTV's branding through the ages.
Those of you who grew up in India during the mid-90's will love the fact that this design is a cross between the only two popular music channels available in India (mentioned above) at that time. This design is available on a t-shirt among other things on society6. Click here to explore.
Sorry about the mess..
Another brilliant brain wave, if I say so myself. If you're a Star Wars fan, I'm sure you know the scene this design refers to. For those of you who are unfamiliar with star Wars, I'm referring to the famous canteena scene in 'A New Hope' where Han Solo shoots the bounty hunter. This design was my take on that scene, in t-shirt form.
While perusing thorough one of my old notebooks from college, I re-discovered this design and decided to bring it to life. This is a simple design I've had tucked away for many years. No deep meaning, no symbolism, no great insight. Just a wet Grizzly.
You are here
The original idea here had a very simplistic approach. Just one heart over the left side of the shirt (camera right) with the words 'You Are Here' right under it. But after careful consideration, I decided that this idea could be more.
This design was the conclusion I reached. Space, with its infinite stars was chosen as the backdrop with the words 'You Are Here', on the sleeve, like on a map. The 'You Are Here' dot, on the sleeve, that acted as the key to the map, was the same as every star in space, on the shirt.
Along with being an art director and creative, I'm also a budding voice actor. I love doing character voices and I started working with a few other voice actors to do some original work.
Storybook Racket was one of the projects we worked on. It was a take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears but with gangsters narrating the story off-screen while the characters in the story (and on-screen) were forced to act out the story being narrated.
Storybook Racket - Teaser
Storybook Racket is an animated short that I worked on with some friends. We selected 2 minutes to voice and animate, to put on Kickstarter. I've included a few videos below from the project including a 'Behind the Scenes' piece.
Storybook Racket on Kickstarter
The Kickstarter pitch, also to be found on the project's Kickstarter page (click here) was created using vector avatars of the project members. Because we are a small group with limited resources, filming our pitch video was not a viable option. We used this to our advantage and vectorized ourselves to have our flapping heads give viewers the gist of our project.
Storybook Racket: The Voices
Our 'Behind the Scenes' piece gives you a brief insight into what went into this project. There was a lot of script changes, a lot of re-records and even more fun.
This personal project was the result of an experiment to combine the creation of a unique typeface with my love of monsters. I created the basic forms of this typeface in a few hours and then took time to refine each monster letter to bring it to its current state.
This project is still a work in progress and there are more monsters in development. My ultimate goal is to create vinyl toys out of each of the monsters and make them available for sale.
My grandfather turned a hundred in 2015 so I decided to interview him with a 100+ questions about his life and experiences. I put the word out on facebook and among family and the questions poured in. I asked him close to 115 unique questions over two recording sessions over my 5-day trip home to India.
Each video is a different question answered by him. I've tried to include images of his life and references within each video to give an outsider a better grasp of the life he has lived.
As the editing process is a tedious one, this project is still under development. I'm in the process of editing and uploading the first batch of videos soon though, so if you don't see anything yet, please come back soon.
This 100-question interview about his life and experiences is my way of honoring his achievement and immortalizing his wisdom.
100 Questions: Intro/Q1 - What has been your diet mantra?
100 Questions: Q2 - What was the greatest high point in your life?
100 Questions: Q4 - What advice would you give to your 30-year-old self today?
100 Questions: Q5 - Do we have a have a chance at reaching higher levels of humanity?
100 Questions: Q7 - Who is your role model and why?
100 Questions: Q8 - Where were you born?
100 Questions: Q9 - What, in your opinion, is the biggest lesson of life?
100 Questions: Q10 - What is your fondest memory of childhood?
100 Questions: Q11 - Is life today easier than it was when you were the bread-winner?
100 Questions: Q12 - Would you consider yourself religious or spiritual?
100 Questions: Q13 - What is your pet peeve?
100 Questions: Q14 - What is your greatest achievement in life?
100 Questions: Q15 - What is your biggest obsession?
100 Questions: Q16 - What country do you wish you could have visited? Why?
100 Questions: Q17 - If you could have been born in any other country, what would it be?
100 Questions: Q18 - What is your advice to the unmarried?