Ishan Khosla (b. Kochi, 1976) is a visual artist and designer with an MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts, New York. After studying and working in the US for more than a decade, Ishan moved to India in 2008, to start Ishan Khosla Design — a multi-disciplinary company that examines and experiments with various aspects of contemporary Indian culture through the language of design.

Ishan’s work straddles the worlds of art and design, of tradition and technology, of nostalgia and the future and his experience of having stayed both outside and within India. Exhibitions include, Bold — Graphic Design from India curated by Create Culture as part of the India Design Pavilion at the London Design Festival at the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, London; Crossing Visions V: The Ecology of Creation, at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; Fracture: New Directions on Contemporary Textiles at the Devi Art Foundation; Porosity Kabari at Nishi Gallery, Canberra Australia and Studio X, Mumbai; Make it New Again, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; Common Ground at Gallery OED, Kochi and Edge Condition, Spitalfields Gallery, London.

Ishan’s work is part of the permanent collection at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and has been published in various books including the V&A’s India Contemporary Design: Fashion, Graphics, Interiors, Tokyo Type Director’s Club, Typographic Universe, Found Type, New Graphic Design: the 100 best contemporary graphic designers; Asian Graphics Now!; Stop, Think, Go Do among others .  He was invited by The Japan Foundation to visit Japan as part of the Asian Curator’s Program;  he visited the Netherlands on invitation from Dutch DFA and Government of Netherlands to create partnerships in design and culture between the two countries. Ishan helped organise, brand and facilitate, Sangam: the Australia India Design Platform. He also participated in talks and exhibitions at various venues in both India and Australia, including the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and RMIT University in Melbourne. He was a part of two separate workshops, discussions and exhibitions at Studio X, Mumbai — Here, There, Everywhere (with Droog Lab) and — Porosity Kabari with two other Australian designers.

Ishan was a speaker at Typo Berlin in May 2017. Previously, he has spoken at Semi-Permanent (New Zealand), the Gyeonggi Ceramics Biennale (South Korea), Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, France; Japan Foundation (Japan); Aalto University (Finland); Konstfack University (Sweden); RMIT University (Australia) the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) among other places. He is a finalist of the Young Creative Entrepreneur Award  by the British Council and has won the Blue Elephant for Best Book Design in the D&AD Kyoorius Design Awards 2016. In 2012, two projects — Oz Fest (branding) and Chittara Typecraft (type design) were finalists in the D&AD Kyoorius Design Awards.

Ishan has taught design and photography at various colleges such as the National Institute of Design (NID), University of Edinburgh, Design Akademie Berlin / MIT Pune, Indian Institute of Craft & Design (IICD), The Design Village, United World Institute of Design (UID) and Adianta.

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  1. Not sure if my comment went through or not – somehow the system leapt ahead of me. Now I have lost that earlier thought train! I am a colleague of Kevin Murray’s have worked in Gujarat principally Kachchh for 15 years and would love to meet up with you if you are still in Ahmedabad when I am there from 23rd – 27th August when I then travel onto Bhuj.

    1. Dear Carole,
      I am a a big fan of your project on Resurgence done after the big earthquake of 2001. It is one of the most powerful things I have ever seen and many of the people I met this trip, showed me what they had done for it. So, interestingly I was thinking myself I should meet with you sometime. Sadly, I am now back in Delhi now. If you could send me your contact details I can be in touch. Thank you for your taking the time to read this post.

  2. Dear Ishan
    Your work is very inspiring and of high quality. I call myself a communication artist and I do freelance projects (content and design) for newsletters and books. And i cant agree more on your statement about being inter-disciplinarians – yes not just graphic designers anymore. I am more self taught with degrees in literature and marketing management and have slowly slid away from the corporate world. Here is just one sample of something I did as part of a Diploma course on Indian Arts Management in 2010 – if you have the time to look.

    Wish you the very best and keep up the good work

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