We, as the Designer Interviews ("DI") had the distinct pleasure and opportunity to interview award-winning, most creative and innovative Kalyani Kamat Bambolkar ("KKB").
A strong desire to make a difference through designs which reflect on real-world scenarios. Proactive, vibrant, energetic and friendly towards co-workers. Open to feedback from mentors to enhance skills. Work approach involves an understanding of requirements and project briefs, research, analysis, concepts, ideation, designing, execution and support.
Kalyani Kamat Bambolkar Designs
We are pleased to share with you original and innovative design work by Kalyani Kamat Bambolkar.
Designer Interview of Kalyani Kamat Bambolkar:
DI: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
KKB : I am a graphic designer from India. I have a Bachelors in Visual Arts- Applied Arts from Karanataka Chitrakala Parishath, Banglore, India and MA Communication Design-Graphic Design from Kingston University, UK. I think it would be cliche to say that I have a passion for design from my childhood. But yes, I did lean more towards arts, language and history from my school days. Not a good math student and hated physics. Even though I knew that I wanted to get into the design field from an early age, I did my higher secondary education in Science. That didn't interest me an inch. My passion and destiny eventually took me toward design school.
DI: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
KKB : I am a recent graduate from Kingston University. I am not working yet but keeping myself busy with my own-thought out projects and competitions like this.
DI: What is "design" for you?
KKB : I am still trying to figure it out. But design, I think, is a universal language, very simple and understood by everyone.
DI: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
KKB : I have a strong desire to make a difference through designs which reflect on real-world scenarios.
DI: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
KKB : I don't yet have a favourite because I am trying to see and understand all kinds of design. 'Climate Name Change' is one of the campaigns that I really like which also won a D&AD award.
DI: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
KKB : I had designed a poster for Kingston University when I was doing part-time design job at the university. I had designed a poster for LGBT+ month celebration.
DI: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
KKB : Until now I haven't had a chance to do minimalistic design which I think is interesting. Also, I want to try doing illustrations.
DI: When do you feel the most creative?
KKB : There is a particular time to be creative. We should be open to ideas anywhere and anytime. It can also be while having a shower.
DI: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
KKB : I want my designs to be simple, understood by everyone and at the same time something that people haven't seen yet.
DI: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
KKB : It is all about passion.
DI: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
KKB : It's pure joy to see what you have done is being perceived by so many others.
DI: What makes a design successful?
KKB : A design which is understood by anyone without any confusions or questions is in my opinion, a good design.
DI: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
KKB : I don't think there are bad designs per se. There's always a perspective that a designer tries to bring in to his/her designs. Of course, whether the design is successfully perceived by the target group can be of the parameters adding up to bad designs.
DI: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
KKB : It's the designer who can convey what the world is feeling right now in his/her designs and at the same time can also change that feeling.
DI: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
KKB : AR/VR is the next big thing. I see that even the posters are being made in AR which is very interesting.
DI: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
KKB : My design reflects what I see around me. For inspirations, I read books or visit design websites and I doodle whatever comes to my mind at the time.
DI: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
KKB : One of my favourite quotes is 'Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference' by Robert Frost. My designs reflect this approach.
DI: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
KKB : I have never lived in one place from early on. I was born in Hubli, Karnataka, raised in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Did my bachelors in Bangalore, Karnataka and the moved to the UK for my masters. Got married and went to Goa and now I stay with my husband in New Jersey, USA. So, all I can say is my designs are universal and so am I.
DI: Can you talk a little about your design process?
KKB : My design process can be summed up in - make it simple and effective.
DI: What is your "golden rule" in design?
KKB : Keep it simple.
DI: What skills are most important for a designer?
KKB : To be updated about what is going around in the world. It does reflect on the designs.
DI: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
KKB : Time management is one of my strengths so I can divide my time according to the priority with ease.
DI: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
KKB : All designs have their own path. The idea/concept can come in a day or it might take up to months.
DI: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
KKB : I want to work in an ad agency where I can work on projects targeted for social good.
DI: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
KKB : It depends on the project. But, I do both.
DI: How can people contact you?
KKB : They can reach me out on my e-mail - email@example.com.