Creating Change: Design Writings from India
We all have been a part of the growth and evolution of the once elusive ‘design writing’ in India. And the deeper we delve, the more convinced we become about the power and imperativeness of writing about design. At this year’s Kyoorius Awards, two books – two pieces of writing – Codesign’s Dekho: Conversations on Design in India and Cyrus Daruwala’s I Take This Train Too took the plaudits in various categories; we couldn’t help but smile.
This year, Kyoorius together with British Council kick started a series of workshops in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore where attendees were guided by British writer and author William Shaw. William worked with more than 60 designers, writers, artists and strategists, mentoring them on critical thinking and writing on design over a period of four months. The participants went on to be mentored by British writers Shumi Bose from Blueprint, Patrick Burgoyne and Robert Wilson from Block Magazine.
The final 12 stories came in the publications – Creating Change: Design writings from India which was launched by William Shaw at Kyoorius Designyatra 2013. The publication has been distributed 1300 at Kyoorius Designyatra and after and continues to be in high demand.
Shaw observed, “It (design writing) is about finding something, taking it apart and looking at it from fresh angles.” And if you are seeking some fresh perspectives, you can download the book here.