James Gulliver Hancock, is an illustrator originally from Australia and once lived in Brooklyn. He is currently attempting to draw all the buildings in New York. An ambitious task, but whether he completes it or not, he has already made some delightful drawings. Delightful enough that The New York Time recently interviewed him. As you’ll read, he’s since moved back to Sydney, but continues his project using postcards and Google Maps. You can search his website for your building or neighborhood.

By James Gulliver Hancock
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A Blog for My Photography

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to different corners of the world, and picked up a love of photography along the way. I recently started a blog – Minjal’s Photography – to share the photos I’m most proud of. The site is still in construction mode, and I’ve got a lot more photography to add, but feel free to check out some of my older work in the meantime. I’m not a professional photographer, but taking pictures has helped me develop a stronger eye. A successful photograph has to be a solid composition, just like a well-designed poster or book layout.

IMG_4784Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia (taken by Minjal Dharia, December 2010)

Lonny Magazine

I just discovered the digital home decor, Lonny Magazine, which is filled with images of gorgeous interiors. And it’s completely free! Thank you Elle Decor for leading me to it. Looks like Lonny has been online since 2009, so I’m late to the party, but that’s okay because all of the back issues are available on the site.

Check it out, but don’t blame me if you get lost inside for a few hours. And if that’s not enough, Lonny also has quite a few boards you can follow on Pinterest.

Truth

“We live in a world where we are taught from the start that we are thinking creatures that feel. The truth is, we are feeling creatures that think.”

[JILL BOLTE TAYLOR, neuroanatomist]

Kate Spade Saturday’s Digital Signage


Kate Spade reinvented some of its retail spaces when it rolled out iPad signage for its Kate Spade Saturday stores. The Saturday line is the more affordable and casual line of the brand. The Tokyo stores are the first to get these new displays, and New York is to follow.

The iPads will display information about nearby products such as videos, marketing messages, style suggestions and most interestingly, user-generated images to encourage customer engagement. The project was spearheaded by New York City tech design firm, the Control Group.

This move is innovative for multiple reasons. The iPads can replace mannequins and allow for store managers to update in-store displays more easily and frequently, and without disturbing the sales floor. Consumers who normally search for fashion inspiration and plan outfits online can now do it in a retail environment.

From an efficiency standpoint, if Kate Spade wants to promote a particular item globally, it can now do so by simply updating their iPads across all of their stores. The digital display capability will allow managers to measure the results of their displays faster. They can see the impact of sales corresponding with a change in display.

I am impressed with Kate Spade’s ingenuity and surprised that more fashion stores haven’t done this already. Gathering customer tastes and preferences in real-time has great potential and I can’t wait to check out a store in person once this is rolled out in NYC.

Concluding thoughts on thesis

My thesis on documenting Indian American history reflects almost two years of work. I have always been a lover of history and the institutions and media that exist to preserve it. Being Indian American, the people and their culture have intrigued me for personal reasons, as well as academic motives. The rapid growth of this population and its assimilation into American society are topics worth exploring. Indian Americans have come a long way since they started arriving to America in the 19th century. They are now a sizable and successful community in this country and it is time they start honoring the journey that has gotten them this far.

Working with the Smithsonian Institution’s Indian American Heritage Project brought on its share of challenges and opportunities. At times, it was difficult to reconcile the design vision I had with the realities of working with a client who came with a set of requirements and limitations. However, these challenges were more than offset by knowledge that I was partnering with such a reputable institution on an effort that will live well beyond the pages of a paper.

I am now done with thesis (and my degree at Pratt!), but I have plans to continue working with the IAHP over the next year, and perhaps even longer, as they plan the opening of the Beyond Bollywood exhibition, raise awareness among Indian Americans and develop new initiatives.

Final thesis exhibition at Pratt

Final thesis exhibition at Pratt