Mira Malhotra on the vantage points she uses when designing for social good

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Mira Felicia Malhotra is a visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer from Mumbai. She enjoys being endlessly challenged by image-making problems, especially when they support alternative narratives, using a wide range of techniques to find engaging accessible visual solutions. Her broader interest in DIY cultures: south asian politics, feminisms, subcultures, publishing, collectives and independent music inform her work and ethic. Her style is characterised by her offbeat humour, objects around her, an unabashed love for colour, and is balanced by her involvement in real, pressing issues within gender and mental health facing the Indian subcontinent today.

Mira was trained in a BFA in Illustration at Mumbai University before she graduated with a Master’s in Graphic Design at National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad). She currently runs her own award-winning boutique design firm Studio Kohl (Mumbai) and is a founding member of Kadak, a global collective of south asian women graphic artists. She has worked with Facebook India, Grazia India, Penguin Random House India, Oxfam International, Snapchat, British Council India and Sony Music amongst others. She has been featured by Instagram (@design), AIGA’s Eye on Design, Vh1, Redbull and her work has appeared in group shows in London (Bold, Richmix Cultural Foundation and Alchemy, Southbank Centre) as well as in Italy (New India Designscape, La Triennale Di Milano).

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