Ishan Khosla

Ishan Khosla

Associate Professor

Honours and Achievements

  • “Kutch Toran” with over 12 crafts and as many communities collected by Living and Learning Design Centre (LLDC), Kutch. 01/19
  • Work submitted for Serendipity Arts Festival collected by the Munjal Foundation. 12/18.
  • Tal patra chittra (palm leaf craft) for Sangam, collect by The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia. 11/11
  • Typecraft Initiative (Chittara and Godna): collected by the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan. 02/17
  • Pardesi: the turban untied, artwork, permanent collection, Devi Art Foundation.


Interests: Indian vernacular design, culture and objects, crafts, type design, jugaad and street furniture, behaviors in the informal economy

Awards and Grants

  • In-Book Winner, Kyoorius Design Awards, Book
  • Cover, Bhaunri, 09/19 and Branding Diversity:
  • Kutch. 10/18
  • Winner, D&AD Kyoorius Design Awards, Book
  • Design for Eye Spy Indian Art. 09/16
  • Winner, Book of the Year, Publishing Next. 09/16
  • Included in Elle Decor’s Fresh Faces: Top 15 young
  • Indian designers to know right now. 03/16
  • NYPD Roadblock Bench, shortlisted by the
  • Godrej Design Lab. 12/14
  • The Asia-Pacific Design Awards (APD). 2013, 2014
  • Finalist, for the D&AD Kyoorius Design Awards:
  • Design for Identity (Oz Fest) and Design Craft
  • (Chittara Typecraft). 08/13
  • Part of the Indian delegation invited to Japan,
  • for the three week long, Asian Curator’s
  • Program [ Japan Foundation]. 9/13
  • Invited to the Netherlands in 10/10 and 05/11,
  • by the Dutch DFA to foster greater design
  • collaborations between the two countries.
  • Finalist, Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE)
  • Award. (British Council). 2010
  • Graphis, New Talent Design Award Annual, New York. 06
  • ::Output Foundation Design Award. Germany. 06
  • Worldstudio Foundation Scholarship, New York.
  • 07/04 Placed 2nd and 3rd, in 2003 and 2004, International Photo Awards

Books Published

Books with my work:

  • Bi–scriptual, Multi-script typography. 2018
  • Year Book of Type 3. 2018
  • Tokyo Type Director’s Club Annual. Vol 26. 2015
  • India: Contemporary Design (V&A), London. 2014
  • Typographic Universe by Steve Heller/Gail Anderson. 2014
  • Found Type, by Steve Heller/Gail Anderson. 2013
  • New Graphic Design: the 100 best contemporary graphic designers. 04/13
  • Here, There, Everywhere by Droog, Amsterdam. 2014
  • One by One, by Hesign, Berlin, Beijing. 10/12
  • Stop, Think, Go, Do by Steve Heller/Mirko Illic. 2012
  • Asian Graphics Now! Taschen. 2010
  • Shapes and Symbols, Rockport Publishers. 2010
  • Logo Lounge 6, Rockport Publishers. 2010

Writing Published

  • Unconscious Design: A Look at the Design of Everyday India. Verve Magazine. 05/17
  • Design Pataka: the Explosion of Design in India, 2010–16. A report commissioned by the Government of the Netherlands and Dutch Culture. 12/16
  • The Kaavad: from devotion to decoration, Garland online magazine. 12/16
  • Kutch: a visual identity for a radiant people
  • A Future for Design: Improvisation through the Informal Economy; Take on Art (Design Issue). 01/12
  • A Partnership of Contrasts, Dutch DFA Annual Report, Page 62–64. 01/10