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Pratham Books


Pratham Books have just published a range of bilingual books and story cards that were designed and illustrated by students of my design lab at Srishti. These new titles are available through the Pratham Books e-store. A review can be read on Good Books.

As a not-for-profit publisher in India, Pratham Book’s dream is to see a country where every child wants to read, is able to read, and has something good to read. The Pratham Books Lab at Srishti was run by Krupa Thimmaiah and myself.


I Can Make Things! – Tanvee Nabar

I Can Help! – Aman Randhawa

I Am Not Afraid! – Rayika Sen

I Can Climb! – Deval Maniar

Chintu – Pratyush Gupta

Who Is It? – Pratyush Gupta

Tommy and Tingu – Natasha Mehra

The Race – Kavya Singh, Natasha Mehra

My Brother and Me – Pallak Goswamy

Bed-time Stories – Harshvardhan Gantha

Hide and Seek – Harshvardhan Gantha

The Mango Tree – Kavya Singh

Suma – Kavya Bagga

My Sister and Me – Saloni Chopra

Storybook Lab 2

Storybook Lab. Srishti School of Art, Design and technology.

Semester Two, 2012–2013

The aim of the Storybook Lab at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology has been to design storybooks specifically for Indian children and publish a range of new initiatives that are enjoyable, meaningful and accessible.

Run by Krupa Thimmaiah and me, this specific project explored opportunities for storybooks on tablet devices. At present, the availability of good quality interactive reading material is limited in the Indian publishing context. Our aim was to adapt regional folk stories and re-imagine them as multilingual apps for an underserved Indian audience.

The project objectives were:

• Design for simplicity and intuition.

• Consider new ways of creating, sequencing, sharing and adapting stories.

• Design engaging experiences that encourage a reading habit.

• Create possibilities for multilingual book apps and integrate meaningful and valuable learning tools.

• Develop contemporary content and Indian styles of illustration.

This project involved fifteen students working together in smaller teams. To conceptualise new possibilities, each team was required to deconstruct the idea of a storybook, understand the role of stories and look at both the conceptual and practical possibilities for interactive storytelling. To create successful prototypes, students needed to bring together skills in research and analysis, concept development, prototyping, interaction design, storytelling, illustration and animation, layout and typography. They used a rigorous design methodology – to plan, investigate, iterate, test, and evaluate their work.

Students conceived story apps that were non-linear or gave the child choices in the development of a plot. They also integrated language options, story-specific activities and meaningful interactions that drove the stories forward. The next step involves collaborating with educational organisations and multimedia publishers to develop the prototypes for market.

Students: Aakansha Kukreja, Anuja Shukla, Kopal Joshy, Kritisha Kantilal Jain, Loveena Chopra, Mithra Vimala Murali, Natasha Mohan, Nikita Biyani, Pragya Joshi, Pragya Mahendru, Prisila Audumbar Netalkar, Priya R Gandhi, Rathi Varma, Sanjana Nyapati, Sugama Gopalkrishna

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Storybook Lab

Storybook Lab. Srishti School of Art, Design and technology.

Semester One, 2012–2013

In India there is a need for simple and engaging reading material that can help children who go to government and budget-private schools learn to read. At present, access to good quality storybooks with original content is limited.

Run by Krupa Thimmaiah and me, the Storybook Lab at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology aimed to re-evaluate stereotypical notions of creating content for children – to design and publish a collection of well-crafted storybooks that make the experience of reading enjoyable, meaningful and inexpensive. Our main objectives were:

• Create content that draws from the real lives of Indian children and is sensitive towards their needs.

• Design simple and engaging stories that encourage a reading habit.

• Consider the wider possibilities for book mining, learning activities and emotional experience.

• Develop original and contemporary Indian styles of illustration.

• Deliver affordable books that can be translated into Indian languages.

This lab involved eighteen students with skills in research, storytelling, illustration and book design. The stories these students developed were themed around growing up and issues of change that take place in the personal lives of government school children today.

Through field research, students were required to understand the value of storybooks as well as the lives of children in this context – Reading skills, learning needs, personal issues and the identities of stakeholders were all important. Students then developed concept notes and used a rigorous design methodology; to plan, develop, iterate and evaluate their storybooks. It is intended that the final books will be licensed and distributed through Indian publishing houses and NGO’s.

Students: Aaniya Asrani, Albert N. Grasious, Ananya Singh, Azra Sadr, Devika Dutt, Hari Kumar Nair, Juhi Agarwal, Koyal Raheja, Krishna Shenoi, Mariya Madraswala, Meghna Jaswal, Milli Eugine, Shreyansh Agarwal, Shrujana Shridhar, Sreeja Basu, Taarika Ravi John, Zoheb A. Qazi, Zubin Gomes.

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