Hands-on July

Good design is good business.
Only when both understand the need for each other.
Deep deep down.

— Anthony Lopez


Monsoon Greetings!

There is a bursting point for all of us in this subcontinent, as it gets hotter and hotter. We literally wait for the clouds to gather rain, darken the skies and pelt on our heads, cooling the earth, liberating us. Our issue Hands-On-July comes to you in the wake of cloudbursts.

Cooking up with computers and digital interfaces, we sometimes long to get our hands on something real. Mosaics of Chance is about a unique poster format designed at our studio, which allows you to interact with modules to build your own patterns. In Building together with bare hands, we talk about how a papier-mâché workshop in our studio changed the way we worked together. Take Five is a light-hearted yet absolutely pertinent piece for our times – how do you stay motivated at work? We take a leaf out of the Lopez Design life to share five easy ways to be charged at your workplace.

As designers, we constantly face challenges about our creative work and its ownership. Once a project is completed, we have to let our babies out in the world, to grow, to become something. But we are proud of them and it’s important to share our creative efforts and the nurturing of design. Do we have ownership of the design to show? Are we given enough credit as creators? The Creator and the Commissioner is a run through the peculiar quandaries of our profession.

We welcome your comments and suggestions. Read, share, stay with the moment and embrace every season!

Warm regards,
Anthony Lopez



The creator and the commissioner
Showcasing our work is important for us not just as a matter of pride but also an important link to our business. And so, when we are denied the right to show our work, as its ownership rests with the client and so their choice whether we can display our creativity or not, we started asking ourselves – to whom does a design really belong?


Mosaics of Chance
Designer Anthony Lopez habitually scribbles and doodles whenever he gets the time. While traveling one day, he ended up making a unique pattern on a piece of paper which got transformed into a trendy installation that anyone can play with.


Take Five
What can keep us motivated at work with deadlines and increased pace threatening burnouts? We take a leaf out of the Lopez Design book of Life to give you five tips to stay rejuvenated.


Building together with bare hands
No matter how much we love our work as designers, after a point we all want to break free from the synchronised rhythm of mouse-clicking and typing and craft something with our bare hands. This reversal in thinking could well stem from a nostalgic yearning for a pre-digital time.



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