Thoughts on self-discovery, optimism and future preparedness

Not at least in the last 35 years have I seen a global, unanimous hatred for something as inanimate as a year. 2020 is the one singular demon of all our lives. Lives were lost to disease, natural disasters, riots and depression. We have all witnessed real-life apocalyptic scenes from movies including ghosted cities, angry mobs, burning forests, flooded homes, wars and political turmoil across the world in just one year. I think it’s time we all should probably accept the fact that 2020 was not just a bad year. …


I am a millennial, woman of color, a designer and like many others, my design career has seen a lot of ups and downs.

At home, I was an outlier who chose a career that was unknown and disapproved by family. At design school, I was not the best in my craft, probably too distracted and mischievous, yet steadily headstrong, opinionated and a girl of many interests. Life gave me a ton of chances to grow deep into my craft as well as laterally across disciplines. But I always enjoyed learning and erred to the side of exploring something new…


The sky was grey. There were houses on both sides of the street that looked somewhat similar to each other. But that’s all that was there — houses, but no cars, no people. There was a certain stillness in the air too. But my mind was experiencing something completely opposite of what my body was. I was anxious, my palms sweaty. I was looking for someone. Anyone.

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I walked over to a house diagonally opposite to where I was standing. The garden outside was not kept too well. There were weeds growing everywhere and as I reached the front porch…


It has been 75 days since we took the decision to not send our toddler to daycare. Since then, life has been a bit of an emotional and physical rollercoaster. Our household consists of 5 people (me, my husband, my toddler and 2 cat babies) and somehow, we all have learned how to be professional jugglers. We all do our parts like a well-oiled machinery (at least for the most part), just as long as there is a routine to be followed.

But here’s the thing. Other than being mom, wife, home-maker, cook, cleaner, gardener, virtual (social) butterfly, a designer…


A graphic designer’s nostalgia

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear someone say, “Did you check your mail today?” My hunch is that you’re thinking of your inbox. Physical mail boxes have come down to being associated with unnecessary marketing direct mails, 90% of which directly make their way to the trash can. …


A logo design workshop for 10th graders in Zimbabwe

‘What is Graphic Design according to you?”, I asked Alisannah, a 13 year old, who was one of the few students who genuinely seemed interested in the ‘art class’ at school. “I think it is something to do with drawing, and making designs.”, she said. “You are close..”, I said, without giving her too much design jargon. “Graphic design is indeed something to do with drawing & making things look pretty.. *

* ..except, you don’t have to be great at it to be a good designer.”

Following is my experience…


Turning a popular hypothesis into a tangible game

If everything physically possible happens in the universe, why do we only see one possibility at a time?

Hugh Everett’s answer is there’s more than one you, and you are splitting into trillions of copies of yourself every time there’s a quantum interaction of a certain size. Popularly known as the MWI (Many-Worlds Interpretation) implies that all possible alternate histories and futures are real, each representing an actual “world”. …


Designing a social experiment that makes people uncomfortable.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. — Marcel Proust, ‘In Search of Lost time’ (1909)

Most humans are creatures of habit. Right from when we are babies, we love to be put into a routine. Studies prove that we are our most productive when we follow a predictable pattern in our daily life. Sudden change in our environment and unpredictability attributes to our innate fear of the unknown and hence the discomfort with breaking out of a routine.

Yet, there are other…


..what happens when jobs become obsolete?

Back in 2010, while completing my Masters in Applied Imagination in London, I was researching a hypothesis on creativity (or the lack of) in jobs–how that would matter in the current and future economies and how that would affect global psychologies and mental health.

Less than a decade later, this hypothesis is already becoming reality. A recent report analyses past trends and future predictions on the effect of automation of jobs.

“At first, technologists issued dystopian alarms about the power of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) to destroy jobs. Then came a correction, with…


I remember their reaction when I was 18, and I told my parents (and extended family) that I want to pursue graphic design in college. It was a mix of shock, wonder, confusion and disappointment. …

Anuja Singhal

Storyteller • Designer • What ‘if’ Enthusiast www.anujasinghal.com

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