I got back to Bombay yesterday and have just about recovered from Kyoorius Designyatra 2013. Three days of mind blowing work, loads of inspiration, hundreds of lovely people and non-stop, great conversation. Among talks from a ridiculously talented line up of speakers, was a little event that I was proud to be part of- The launch of Creating Change- a compilation of twelve essays on design in India, put together and published by Kyoorius and The British Council.
Early in March, Kyoorius and The British Council organised a series of workshops on writing in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai hosted by author William Shaw. About forty or fifty enthusiastic designers, architects and writers participated in the day long workshops, discussing the creative industry and writing for design. Over the course of the next few weeks, we pitched stories and guided by William Shaw and Aanchal Sodhani (of The British Council), worked them into essays that were ready to be published. With a little help along the way from Patrick Burgoyne (Editor at Creative Review) Shumi Bose (Senior Editor at Blueprint) and Robert Wilson (Writer, Curator and Architect) we were guided to pay attention to different aspects of writing- The role of images and the importance of the editing process.
The theme looks at design in India, exploring the role design has played in the country. The twelve essays talk about a range of topics from design for rural India, the evolution of design writing in the country, the ways design could help the development of urban India to innovations in education, design in Indian startups and lots more. The tone of the book is hearteningly positive- Lots has been said about all that design has NOT been able to do yet, but these essays focus on what is HAS done, opening up a conversation on directions design might take and changes it could make.
The book was handed out to all the delegates at KDY2013, so it’s wonderful to know it has reached over a thousand design enthusiasts. In addition to having the beautiful book in my hands I was fortunate enough to have spend a lovely evening in Goa with the talented writers who contributed to the book and our mentor, William Shaw. While I’m currently unable to share the essay I wrote here, I will, as soon as I can.
Until then, I’m furiously writing, full of post-conference-enthusiam! Watch this space.