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The podcast where we talk about life as Indian Designers. Hosted by Interaction Designer Angeline Bhavya and Industrial Designer Sushmita Charlu. As designers from two different fields, our intention is to be an authentic voice of the everyday designer and to bring the Indian design community closer.

Latest Episodes

E030 Fabrics of Culture with Aditi Jain - Part 2

Aditi shares about her experience of working with textile producer groups remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic and marvels at the resilience of Indian craft. She shares her thoughts on the merits of unconventional fibers and manmade textiles, and also the issue of over-consumption. We talk about some applications of technology in textiles and Aditi tells us what excites her the most about textile design. She gives us a 101 on collaborating with skilled craftspeople and the need for rapport. We conclude this episode with Aditi's list of inspiring textile artists and designers. Full transcript in www.designlota.com Design Lota is co-hosted by designers Sushmita Charlu and Angeline Bhavya

24 min1 w ago
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E030 Fabrics of Culture with Aditi Jain - Part 2

E030 Fabrics of Culture with Aditi Jain - Part 1

In this episode, we speak to Textile Designer Aditi Jain. Aditi tells us about her decision to pursue a career in textiles and the learnings picked up during her course. She takes us through the process of designing and making handloom textiles at Gandhigram where she currently works. She talks about the subject of textiles as both art and science, and gives an example of the story beneath the surface of a fabric. We discuss the barriers that prevent traditional textiles from mass adoption and the relevance of khadi in today’s context We talk about plagiarism by fast fashion companies, as one of the dangers to traditional textiles and Aditi explains the distinction between inspiration and appropriation. We wrap up part 1 of this episode reminiscing about craft exhibitions and their role in helping Indians discover textiles. Aditi stresses on the importance of reimagining craft retail online, and creating better support systems for artisans going forward. Check out our blog designlota.com for more details and references. Design Lota is co-hosted by designers Sushmita Charlu and Angeline Bhavya. Podcast music by Shankar Narayan.

35 min3 w ago
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E030 Fabrics of Culture with Aditi Jain - Part 1

E029 Design Mentorship with Anshuman Dhar

In this episode, we speak to recent graduate, UX designer and Co-founder of Cmd+J, Anshuman Dhar who shares how mentorship can help newbies as well as seasoned designers. Anshuman talks about how he moved from chemical engineering to UX design Angie and Anshuman discuss how the definition of mentorship is changing and the power of community mentorship. We note how design institutions have easy access to mentorship in the form of a rich network of different kinds of mentors to learn from. Anshuman describes the gap that Cmd+j seeks to fill. Young designers are looking for ‘someone like us’ who made it. Mentorship is about giving back to the community. As a mentee, assembling your own mentors by finding people who resonate with your unique journey can be powerful. We look at best practices of reaching out to a mentor online. Design Lota blog: designlota.com Design Lota is hosted by designers Angeline Bhavya and Sushmita Charlu. Podcast Music by Shankar Narayan

43 minAUG 16
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E029 Design Mentorship with Anshuman Dhar

E028 Product thinking, Contextual questions and emotions in UX Design Interviews with Madhuri Maram Part 2

In Part 2 of this episode, Madhuri - Designer, and Host of the Hireworthy Podcast - gives us valuable insight about applying, positioning oneself and interviewing for a new career opportunity. We discuss in depth, about how developing product thinking skills and understanding business can enable designers who wish to move into product management. Madhuri also tells us why management may not be for everyone, and how to choose between IC and manager roles. We debate about the relevance of the day-long interview format, and Madhuri lays out some of the parameters for ensuring an effective interview for both the parties. She gives us insight into the best way to tackle those nerve-wracking contextual interview questions. We talk about the emotional toll of the job hunt process, and how to practice self-care while improving our skills. We conclude with strategies on how to stay relevant and employable even in the midst of a recession. The transcript for this episode is available on desig...

27 minJUN 13
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E028 Product thinking, Contextual questions and emotions in UX Design Interviews with Madhuri Maram Part 2

E028 Hiring Design (UX and Digital Product Design) with Madhuri Maram Part 1

In Part 1 of this episode, we speak to Madhuri Maram- Designer and Host of the Hireworthy Podcast. She talks about her role as an enabler in design-in-tech recruitment. She brings out the various gaps in the process and tells us how D+P and Xperian were created to support the design community. She gives valuable insight into what designers at different levels should do to set the right expectations for their growth and employability. She tips us off about the non-obvious skills when presenting portfolios while applying for a job, and we talk about the importance of storytelling through one’s work. Madhuri introduces us to the concept of having a Point A, and consistently working towards it with self awareness and external feedback. We discuss about baffling job titles and finding our unique spaces in the spectrum of design skills. References and Transcript on our blog designlota.com Co-hosts: Sushmita Charlu and Angeline Bhavya Podcast music: Shankar Narayan

41 minJUN 8
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E028 Hiring Design (UX and Digital Product Design) with Madhuri Maram Part 1

E027 Crayons for Conservation with Akshaya Zachariah

In this episode, we speak to Akshaya Zachariah, who is an illustrator and conservation artist. We start with the beginnings of her interest in wildlife and nature and what led her to launch Elzac Doodles as a way to use art to raise her voice and also raise environmental awareness. She talks about her work as a WWF voices member and some of the work that she has done with WWF. We discuss the purposeful handling of social media as artists and how she has found community and opportunities through it. She talks about the ups and downs of the freelance illustration career and the ways she navigates it to keep her going. She shares her long list of creative inspirations from various fields like art, illustration, literature, poetry and children's books. Akshaya's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elzac_doodles Podcast co-hosts: Sushmita Charlu and Angeline Bhavya Podcast music: Shankar Narayan Design Lota blog: http://www.designlota.com/

47 minMAY 15
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E027 Crayons for Conservation with Akshaya Zachariah

E026 Part 2 - License to Create with Manojna Yeluri

In part 2 of our conversation with Manojna Yeluri - Lawyer and Founder of Artistik License, we continue talking through the legalities of being artists and designers. We talk about the ways she has used social media to make the law approachable and easy to understand and apply for creatives. She talks about entitlement in the form of discounts and freebies being a deterrent to the creative economy and industry as a whole. Among other bad practices in the creative industry, Manojna shares the concept of Passion Exploitation - which tends to justify less payment because the artist or designer is passionate about their work. She talks about the power of community and support to compare notes and bring awareness about their rights as creators. She also calls out the scarcity mindset of project bidding which can negatively affect both the creator and the industry. We go into a discussion on economic and opportunity losses and cancellations because of the current Covid-19 situation around the world, and how to navigate it in the legal sense. We also hear stories of creators taking advantage of other creators in unethical ways and how she as a lawyer dealt with those situations. The transcript and references for this episode are on our blog www.designlota.com Podcast Music - Desh by Shankar Narayan Podcast hosts - Sushmita Charlu and Angeline Bhavya

35 minAPR 24
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E026 Part 2 - License to Create with Manojna Yeluri

E026 Part 1 - License to Create with Manojna Yeluri

In Part 1 of this episode, Manojna Yeluri - Lawyer and Founder of Artistik License, walks us through the legalities of being artists and designers. She tells us what got her working with the creative community as a lawyer. We learn about the methods she has used to demystify legalese and make useful legal information more accessible. We power through those tough questions about how to handle difficult clients and projects and ways to make the process more structured. We also speak about IP, NDAs, plagiarism, power games and managing effective feedback loops. Manojna offers some useful advice on best practices that we can follow as creatives to take care of some of these aspects ourselves. She ponders how the future of the law can be as a dynamic as creativity is and how both parties can learn from each other and build each other up for the better. The transcript for this blog is on our blog www.designlota.com Podcast Music - Desh by Shankar Narayan Podcast hosts - Sushmita Charlu an...

42 minAPR 21
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E026 Part 1 - License to Create with Manojna Yeluri

E025 Stories of Visual Culture with Ragini Siruguri - Part 2

In Part 2 of our chat with Ragini Siruguri, Visual Communication Designer at Tara Books, we talk about her love for colours, her photography and visual inspiration. Ragini shares her approach in her graphic design projects and how local context helps us design better. We discuss the state of Design Education today and Ragini tells us about her course at OwnPath. The transcript for this episode can be found at designlota.com Co-hosts: Sushmita Charlu and Angeline Bhavya Podcast Music by: Shankar Narayan

28 minMAR 20
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E025 Stories of Visual Culture with Ragini Siruguri - Part 2

E025 Stories of Visual Culture with Ragini Siruguri - Part 1

In this episode we talk to Ragini Siruguri about her work as a book designer at Tara Books. She shares how she got started and tells us about her interesting book projects while working there. We also discuss her eye for visual communication and the ways in which she documents the world around her visually. Find the full transcript and references at designlota.com

24 minMAR 12
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E025 Stories of Visual Culture with Ragini Siruguri - Part 1

Latest Episodes

E030 Fabrics of Culture with Aditi Jain - Part 2

Aditi shares about her experience of working with textile producer groups remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic and marvels at the resilience of Indian craft. She shares her thoughts on the merits of unconventional fibers and manmade textiles, and also the issue of over-consumption. We talk about some applications of technology in textiles and Aditi tells us what excites her the most about textile design. She gives us a 101 on collaborating with skilled craftspeople and the need for rapport. We conclude this episode with Aditi's list of inspiring textile artists and designers. Full transcript in www.designlota.com Design Lota is co-hosted by designers Sushmita Charlu and Angeline Bhavya

24 min1 w ago
Comments
E030 Fabrics of Culture with Aditi Jain - Part 2

E030 Fabrics of Culture with Aditi Jain - Part 1

In this episode, we speak to Textile Designer Aditi Jain. Aditi tells us about her decision to pursue a career in textiles and the learnings picked up during her course. She takes us through the process of designing and making handloom textiles at Gandhigram where she currently works. She talks about the subject of textiles as both art and science, and gives an example of the story beneath the surface of a fabric. We discuss the barriers that prevent traditional textiles from mass adoption and the relevance of khadi in today’s context We talk about plagiarism by fast fashion companies, as one of the dangers to traditional textiles and Aditi explains the distinction between inspiration and appropriation. We wrap up part 1 of this episode reminiscing about craft exhibitions and their role in helping Indians discover textiles. Aditi stresses on the importance of reimagining craft retail online, and creating better support systems for artisans going forward. Check out our blog designlota.com for more details and references. Design Lota is co-hosted by designers Sushmita Charlu and Angeline Bhavya. Podcast music by Shankar Narayan.

35 min3 w ago
Comments
E030 Fabrics of Culture with Aditi Jain - Part 1

E029 Design Mentorship with Anshuman Dhar

In this episode, we speak to recent graduate, UX designer and Co-founder of Cmd+J, Anshuman Dhar who shares how mentorship can help newbies as well as seasoned designers. Anshuman talks about how he moved from chemical engineering to UX design Angie and Anshuman discuss how the definition of mentorship is changing and the power of community mentorship. We note how design institutions have easy access to mentorship in the form of a rich network of different kinds of mentors to learn from. Anshuman describes the gap that Cmd+j seeks to fill. Young designers are looking for ‘someone like us’ who made it. Mentorship is about giving back to the community. As a mentee, assembling your own mentors by finding people who resonate with your unique journey can be powerful. We look at best practices of reaching out to a mentor online. Design Lota blog: designlota.com Design Lota is hosted by designers Angeline Bhavya and Sushmita Charlu. Podcast Music by Shankar Narayan

43 minAUG 16
Comments
E029 Design Mentorship with Anshuman Dhar

E028 Product thinking, Contextual questions and emotions in UX Design Interviews with Madhuri Maram Part 2

In Part 2 of this episode, Madhuri - Designer, and Host of the Hireworthy Podcast - gives us valuable insight about applying, positioning oneself and interviewing for a new career opportunity. We discuss in depth, about how developing product thinking skills and understanding business can enable designers who wish to move into product management. Madhuri also tells us why management may not be for everyone, and how to choose between IC and manager roles. We debate about the relevance of the day-long interview format, and Madhuri lays out some of the parameters for ensuring an effective interview for both the parties. She gives us insight into the best way to tackle those nerve-wracking contextual interview questions. We talk about the emotional toll of the job hunt process, and how to practice self-care while improving our skills. We conclude with strategies on how to stay relevant and employable even in the midst of a recession. The transcript for this episode is available on desig...

27 minJUN 13
Comments
E028 Product thinking, Contextual questions and emotions in UX Design Interviews with Madhuri Maram Part 2

E028 Hiring Design (UX and Digital Product Design) with Madhuri Maram Part 1

In Part 1 of this episode, we speak to Madhuri Maram- Designer and Host of the Hireworthy Podcast. She talks about her role as an enabler in design-in-tech recruitment. She brings out the various gaps in the process and tells us how D+P and Xperian were created to support the design community. She gives valuable insight into what designers at different levels should do to set the right expectations for their growth and employability. She tips us off about the non-obvious skills when presenting portfolios while applying for a job, and we talk about the importance of storytelling through one’s work. Madhuri introduces us to the concept of having a Point A, and consistently working towards it with self awareness and external feedback. We discuss about baffling job titles and finding our unique spaces in the spectrum of design skills. References and Transcript on our blog designlota.com Co-hosts: Sushmita Charlu and Angeline Bhavya Podcast music: Shankar Narayan

41 minJUN 8
Comments
E028 Hiring Design (UX and Digital Product Design) with Madhuri Maram Part 1

E027 Crayons for Conservation with Akshaya Zachariah

In this episode, we speak to Akshaya Zachariah, who is an illustrator and conservation artist. We start with the beginnings of her interest in wildlife and nature and what led her to launch Elzac Doodles as a way to use art to raise her voice and also raise environmental awareness. She talks about her work as a WWF voices member and some of the work that she has done with WWF. We discuss the purposeful handling of social media as artists and how she has found community and opportunities through it. She talks about the ups and downs of the freelance illustration career and the ways she navigates it to keep her going. She shares her long list of creative inspirations from various fields like art, illustration, literature, poetry and children's books. Akshaya's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elzac_doodles Podcast co-hosts: Sushmita Charlu and Angeline Bhavya Podcast music: Shankar Narayan Design Lota blog: http://www.designlota.com/

47 minMAY 15
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E027 Crayons for Conservation with Akshaya Zachariah

E026 Part 2 - License to Create with Manojna Yeluri

In part 2 of our conversation with Manojna Yeluri - Lawyer and Founder of Artistik License, we continue talking through the legalities of being artists and designers. We talk about the ways she has used social media to make the law approachable and easy to understand and apply for creatives. She talks about entitlement in the form of discounts and freebies being a deterrent to the creative economy and industry as a whole. Among other bad practices in the creative industry, Manojna shares the concept of Passion Exploitation - which tends to justify less payment because the artist or designer is passionate about their work. She talks about the power of community and support to compare notes and bring awareness about their rights as creators. She also calls out the scarcity mindset of project bidding which can negatively affect both the creator and the industry. We go into a discussion on economic and opportunity losses and cancellations because of the current Covid-19 situation around the world, and how to navigate it in the legal sense. We also hear stories of creators taking advantage of other creators in unethical ways and how she as a lawyer dealt with those situations. The transcript and references for this episode are on our blog www.designlota.com Podcast Music - Desh by Shankar Narayan Podcast hosts - Sushmita Charlu and Angeline Bhavya

35 minAPR 24
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E026 Part 2 - License to Create with Manojna Yeluri

E026 Part 1 - License to Create with Manojna Yeluri

In Part 1 of this episode, Manojna Yeluri - Lawyer and Founder of Artistik License, walks us through the legalities of being artists and designers. She tells us what got her working with the creative community as a lawyer. We learn about the methods she has used to demystify legalese and make useful legal information more accessible. We power through those tough questions about how to handle difficult clients and projects and ways to make the process more structured. We also speak about IP, NDAs, plagiarism, power games and managing effective feedback loops. Manojna offers some useful advice on best practices that we can follow as creatives to take care of some of these aspects ourselves. She ponders how the future of the law can be as a dynamic as creativity is and how both parties can learn from each other and build each other up for the better. The transcript for this blog is on our blog www.designlota.com Podcast Music - Desh by Shankar Narayan Podcast hosts - Sushmita Charlu an...

42 minAPR 21
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E026 Part 1 - License to Create with Manojna Yeluri

E025 Stories of Visual Culture with Ragini Siruguri - Part 2

In Part 2 of our chat with Ragini Siruguri, Visual Communication Designer at Tara Books, we talk about her love for colours, her photography and visual inspiration. Ragini shares her approach in her graphic design projects and how local context helps us design better. We discuss the state of Design Education today and Ragini tells us about her course at OwnPath. The transcript for this episode can be found at designlota.com Co-hosts: Sushmita Charlu and Angeline Bhavya Podcast Music by: Shankar Narayan

28 minMAR 20
Comments
E025 Stories of Visual Culture with Ragini Siruguri - Part 2

E025 Stories of Visual Culture with Ragini Siruguri - Part 1

In this episode we talk to Ragini Siruguri about her work as a book designer at Tara Books. She shares how she got started and tells us about her interesting book projects while working there. We also discuss her eye for visual communication and the ways in which she documents the world around her visually. Find the full transcript and references at designlota.com

24 minMAR 12
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E025 Stories of Visual Culture with Ragini Siruguri - Part 1
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