In May this year,British writer William Shaw conducted workshops in four cities in India,following which,12 designers and design writers were selected. Organised by the British Council,the aim of the workshops was to find 12 candidates who would contribute stories to a publication that the organisation planned to launch eventually.
Titled Creating Change,this publication was launched earlier this month at the Kyoorius Designyatra in Goa,and will become available online by September-end. The idea is to float discussions on how design could be used to create change in India,in aspects as varied as wildlife conservation,local tribes,and independent music and architecture. The authors include Benita Fernando,whose piece is titled When Shakti Met Cyborg 2192 and talks about the future of fantasy comics in India; Mira Malhotra,whose first piece is Design for India,Design for its Villages,and second,Striking a Chord with Design,is with Ritesh Rathi,which talks about design in the Indian independent music industry; and Siddharth Nair,who has talked about the National Conservation Foundation and efforts to preserve endangered species
of hornbills in his piece,Planning for Paradise.