Sunday, January 20, 2008

Catchin' eyeballs

I would like to share my final year diploma project—Catchin’ eyeballs, sponsored by B4U television Mumbai. (B4U–Bollywood for you). 

Here are some screenshots/storyboard of master ident. All these are created digitally. Its based on masala of Bollywood. It combines all spices and characters into one thread that derives story.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Haathi Chaap

I bumped into Delhi Haat to visit the yearly nature bazaar by Dastkaar ( Its an amazing festival where you get to see craftsmen and artists from all over India. This year’s theme/mascot was ‘Elephant’. To follow the theme, one organization called ElephantPooPaper ( developed paper products, selling under the brand ‘Haathi Chaap’ (elephant print or elephant brand). I was surprised to know that all the inside papers, the cover, the hardboard (gaththe) were made of ‘elephant poo (dung)’. They even put the charts to describe entire process from collecting dung to the final products. Quite a thoughtful eco-friend!


Just an observation, this is very common matchbox in NCR region. The brand or name of the matchbox is ‘DELHI’. Its strongly represented by ‘Gateway of India’ which is located in Mumbai. So is it a typography error or visual error? Or designer wanted to show the presence of capital by showing the visual which actually represents the ‘real’ capital of India. Or it might just be a plain case of weak knowledge about history (or geography)?

Keep reading this blog; I will soon write about my matchbox collection, where you might observe some interesting facts.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Namesake! i to ee

Naam main kya rakha hai? But there is always a story or meaning behind everyone’s name. Especially in case of Indians. There is an interesting story of my name, where central characters are these alphabets ‘ee’. 

I used to be Nikhil till 10th’s board exam form submission. My form got rejected because of some reason, all clerical staff were curious, wondered and couldn’t found the reason! After all tallying and going through in detail everyone relived to know its cause of spelling mistake. On the birth certificate, its Nikheel, so it was not matching with ‘identity—From that onwards I have to call myself Nikheel (stretching on ‘khee’)  keeping in mind, I changed the Devanagari writing too–निखील

Ohh, do you believe in numerology? Suits your creative style ha! Something unique! Easy to get login/email ids—I started liking the ‘difference’ and gradually said good bye to ‘i’ and accepted the presence of ‘ee’. Now days I started signing off my causal-emails by ‘ee’.