Design: Symbol of the Indian Rupee

The Indian rupee symbol has been finally announced and it has been debated on various levels. Whether trying to “save the Indian rupee symbol” or to dissect it to find a design interpretation in the Indian context.

In the design context, I feel that the winning designer has really understood the need of his “client” that is the Indian Government to create a design that is logical in its application “applicable to standard keyboard”. Here are the competition guidelines. Here are the skeptics view regarding the terms of design, before the results were announced.

If you go through the list of those who were shortlisted for the design competition, you would notice that people from varied backgrounds had participated in the contest, not for the monetary reward of two lac rupees, but because of reason of national pride.

Frankly, I don’t find any difficulty with the new symbol incase it is compatible with the computer keyboard as is claimed. It is in devanagri and has the double strokes and is also having a 3 dimensional characteristic. It also has basic aesthetic values and these qualities are sufficient for good design.

Inspite of all the controversies, its appreciable on part of the government to be able to select as well as quickly adapt the symbol. No matter what the critics say (read what an Indian designer has to say here), its commendable that the symbol has been selected from thousands of entries as well as been quickly adapted by the media at a fraction of what it cost the Europe to get a working design of the Euro.

What remains to be seen is the the changeover period in which the former currencies’ notes and coins will be exchanged for the new ones and the systems which will be in place. Till then, I think there is just much ado about nothing. Good Job , D. Uday Kumar.

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Is this the first look at the coin with the new rupee symbol?

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Visit to a rocky beach

Morning. The sun was shining brightly after a week of rains. A chance visit to a nearby village led me to the discovery of this exquisite place where the river meets the sea and where some varieties of shells were available for my current quest.

A winding path leads to discovery……

Amar, the driver who accompanied me, agreed to be my guide and translator, as most Goan natives speak konkani. We weren’t the only ones on this stretch. Beach combers were here to fish out their meal of local shellfish and mussels. A good day, as rain had stopped. Some were squatting on the highway outside to sell their find of the day.

A snap shot of nature :A bivalve, oyster shell(broken fragments), beachy sand, laterite stones, a weathered teak leaf; and Goan beach comber shows her collection to us.

Popular varieties of Goan native shell fish are locally known as Khube, Tisro and Shinanu. Posted below is a picture of Shinanu, which according to Amar, is a more expensive mussel because of its green lining. It is fried and served in coconut gravy as a delicacy in some parts of Goa.

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2010: HUGO Create Design of Poster

2010: HUGO Create Design competition

This is a global design contest from HUGO fragrances by HUGO BOSS. The con- test is open to people of all skill levels. Professionals, students and design enthu- siasts.10 winners are selected each round. Bhawna Vij Katyal was one of the winners for the ROUND 14 titled- Black, white and Red

More details here:

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2010: The BMW Group Idea Contest

2010: The BMW Group Idea Contest

“Tomorrow’s Urban Mobility Services” sought new ideas for mobility services in tomorrow‘s urban areas .Ideas in this category describe services regarding parking and cover topics such as the efficient and innovative use of parking space in urban areas, locating parking areas, payment services or additional services directly or indirectly connected to parking. Parking concept by Bhawna Vij Katyal was featured on the BMW contest website.

In this concept, parking is taken to new “heights” and cars are parked at the top of a pillar which is actually a vertical garden on the outside.

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Asian paints Colour Next 2010

2009: Asian paints Colour Next 2010.

Bhawna Vij Katyal had shared expertise regarding colour in the Asian Paints colour next forecast for 2010 as one of the twenty design panel leaders from across the country.More info here about the 2010 colours :

Colour of the year for the present year (2011) and upto 2012? Want to know about next year’s colour direction? How colour is moving from 2010 towards 2012? And colour of the year 2011? Click Trends page for my predictions based on the movement of colour direction.

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Swarovski enlightened Eyewear Design

2009: Enlightened: Swarovski Elements Jewellery Design Competition 2008/9

Enlightened – Swarovski Elements conducted an online design competition in the field of jewellery including bejewelled eyewear.This competition asked international jewellery- and design-lovers from all over the world to share their ideas, their design creativity and innovative jewellery designs incorporating the applied Enlightened – Swarovski Elements genuine Topaz assortment. Eyewear Design by Bhawna Vij Katyal was featured in the Swarovski Design book which was launched at a prominent jewellery fair”

Swarovski Enlightened ™- page 90-91.”