I recently graduated with an MFA in Graphic Design from Otis College of Art & Design. I came to Otis with a professional background spanning between editorial, digital, branding, styling, and art direction design. I intend to create great experiences and make real connections through the filter of design.
After finishing my MFA, I freelanced with two design studios before deciding to return to my home country of India and start my own studio called Miso Inc. We launched in March, 2020.
Miso Inc. is a design studio born from the love of design and printmaking. We work collectively, building a community focused on sustainable creativity. We are here to create, collaborate and educate.
We believe in working closely with our local community and that the success of any project lies in a hands-on, thoughtful and collaborative approach with both our clients and their audience.
This project was carried out as a hypothetical exercise.
In the 19th Century, Josef Albers, a German native born, elaborated on theories about colour. His practicing techniques influenced a lot of artists. Preaching his beliefs in colour led to the religion of colour called “Chromanity” for his followers.
One of the applications they used to support the religion was stamps to know the stage in the sacred cube where he preached. Their bible was created for the six stages in Chromanity, each stage denoted with a colour. He wrote his chants, practises and beliefs in a book, titling it the ‘Interaction of Color’ (scriptures about colour) which is now being preached by different artists who have been chanting these scriptures about color for their betterment. A Rosary is used to pray and help one keep in memory certain principal events in the history of salvation. This colour blocked rosary was used in reference for Chromanity. ‘The Cross’ on the other hand is a symbol of Christianity, similarly ‘The Cube’ is the symbol of Chromanity.
Running in Circles is a publication we designed based on the future of sports. It gives a perspective of the development that will take place in the field of sports in the coming years. This project was an end to end process from designing to production: researching and writing content, designing the material, printing it, and then using perfect binding technique for the pages and book cover, all done in house. We were able to try our hand at the production processes for the cover design of the publication. One of the highlights was learning the process of foil stamping and actively using it in the final production.
This four day workshop on “Form & Printing - Unguided Guide” conducted by two designers from South Korea was an interesting insight into the jargon used in Risograph printing, two of which being the keywords “overprint & knockout” depicted through typography. While working as a group of 7 designers, the workshop led to 36 publications of collective efforts and productions. “The Wall of Errors” was an aesthetic layout of our journey to the final outcome through all the discarded prints.
A set of risograph printed zines produced with poetic content about social issues like equality, discrimination & much more. An anthology of well-known poems with reference to racism, feminism and classism written by renowned writers.
A desktop application that records one’s ideas, thoughts and knowledge. This infinite tool of information can keep growing in content and has never ending possibilities for you to gain unlimited knowledge from and also use in your professional practice.
This project started off with dissecting a symbol, going into as abstract and as literal the shapes can look and feel. From a bird to an airplane and directions to a windmill. Then, I built a kit of parts with all the experiments and interpretations I came up with. From there, I started to design posters to give a more formal feel to the form and what I am trying to show for the form. All the different combinations were put together as a booklet. I treated it more like a coffee table book, something to look at visually and having an abstract approach to the booklet. And finally, I created an overall poster to represent the kit of parts.
RisoAan is a term we use for our design practise that engages the “do it yourself” mentality to collaborate and to give a space to voice out. The word RisoAan comes from ‘Riso’ which comes from the Risograph machine used by us daily and ‘Aan’ means pride in hindi; therefore, it illustrates what we are worthy of, our self respect and confidence. We have four components; Makaan (house in hindi), Gyaan (knowledge in hindi), Zubaan (voice in hindi) and Dukaan (shop in hindi), where we apply our RisoAan practise.
RisoGyaan is a series of educational workshops based on learning Risograph printing methods and creating work based on a specific subject matter. Giving a space to share knowledge conducting various types of workshops yearly that serve to foster the creative community, using the risograph, a socially democratic mode of production. We host workshops in collaboration with design schools, non-government organizations (NGO), educational publications and other multimedia platforms.
RisoZubaan is a free quarterly zine subscription we provide. These zines are a collaboration between RisoAan and various authors based on taboo subject matters. The voices are the citizens of India, activists, writers, people who want to voice out.
RisoDukaan is an online shop to sell risograph printed products. It’s a collaborative space for illustrators, designers, artists and the rest of the creative community, where we offer Risograph as a tool that will transform their style, message, production and distribution.