S. Balaram is a Designer, Writer, and Dean of the D J Academy of Design. He founded the Craft Development Institute. He has 4 patents to his name, and has won the honorary fellowship of Society of Designers of India, Helen Keller award and international Ron Mace ‘design for 21st century award’ for Universal Design – the only Indian to win this award. His publications include “Thinking Design”(reprinted and translated).
Anuj Prasad is an alumnus of NID. He holds a BE in Production Designing from Punjab Engineering College and is better known as a design entrepreneur.
Anuj owns and manages his design company Desmania Design (www.desmania.com) which has grown into a leading blue chip design house with multidisciplinary integrated design facilities.
An industrial designer with over 27 years of industry and entrepreneurial experience, Anuj founded Desmania, along with Sandhya Raman in 1993.
Desmania started as a design hot shop and over the years grew into a multidisciplinary design company with over 45 team members. With full-service design offices in Delhi & Mumbai, Desmania offers product & packaging design services to the who’s who of the Indian corporate. Under Anuj’s leadership, Desmania has been a recipient of several design awards, including Indiastar & Businessworld Design Excellence Awards. In June 2015, Desmania has been voted as the best Industrial Design Studio in India.
A design thinking advocate, innovator, and entrepreneur – Anuj dons various hats. He has been a founding member of CII’s National Committee of Design. He has also been a jury member for the ‘India Design Mark’, since its inception. As a change-maker, he has been an influential speaker at many design forums.
His endeavor is to take a design to a new level through his renewed passion for ‘Innovation through Design Thinking’.
Aparna is a committed design evangelist, who enjoys exploring the intersection of design and business, amongst other disciplines. She is a columnist at the Mint and the author of ‘Working Out of the Box: 40 stories of leading CEOs.’