Like Pablo Picasso, communication designer Deshna Mehta believes that ‘the meaning of life is to find your gift; the purpose of life is to give it away’. Through Anugraha, the Mumbai based design studio she co-founded with two others, she is able to use her gift to create meaningful solutions for others’ needs.
The name ‘Anugraha’ was given and gifted to the team by their spiritual Guru. It means ‘grace’.
“It thrives on the thought that we are channels for the anugraha (grace) to flow and manifest in the form of physical, tangible renditions”,- explains Deshna.
The best part of being designer for her is that
“everything is experimental and more often than not, unpredictable. The only certain thing is uncertainty. Sometimes the over-consciousness of pushing myself out of comfort zones is so much that I wonder if I have become comfortable about being uncomfortable,” – she says.
Deshna feels that in next five years
“the sensitivity towards detail and invisibility of design will blossom; the awareness that good design is least visible and lets things be visible. The silence within the chaos would be sought after like never before. Designs or design solutions in the form of templates would be expected as outcomes of design thinking and designing (rather than one-offs).”
She advises to young designers:
I’ve found that when I have worked passionately and put in my best to strive towards perfection, the outcomes have always been appreciated. A conscious detachment from the outcome and all that it elicits as articulated in the Bhagavad Gita and is roped into the Eames Report is what I seek to achieve: ‘You have the right to work but for the work’s sake only; you have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working.’
Read this story about passion, learning and path in design in POOL 46.