Illustrations and Book Design for Durham University & Shanghai Normal University
My interest as a designer lies in effective communication of new knowledge and research through international quality cutting edge design tools and practises. An effective moment that helps to create a positive understanding and response to the emotional, social and political landscapes we live in, in order to live fuller happier lives.
Creating effective moments of interaction through art and design is powerful as the experience you have is unique and stays with you - lingering and resurfacing at different points in time. I work across illustration, graphic design, sculpture, and music to create these lucid moments
Hi, I'm Samia. I'm a graphic designer and an artist based in Chandigarh, India with 12 years of international work experience.
Some of my skills include illustration, graphic design, web design, packaging design, design thinking, brand strategy, printmaking, UI & UX design, storyboarding, photo styling, making comics & music.
I am the Creative Director of Preet Nagar Residency, an artist and writers residency that I run with my family, in Preet Nagar. An intended community set up by my great grandfather in the 1930s between Amritsar & Lahore, the two cultural hubs of pre-partitioned Punjab.
Oh, and I make music as well sometimes.
An illustration from The Red and Gold Pen. An illustrated research book by Lauren Wilks at University of Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2021
"There is nothing about a tandoori momo that is not unnecessary. It is a dish that takes the momo, a perfectly good steamed dumpling, rolls it in a marinade of bright orange tandoori masala, and pokes it inside a flaming tandoor. When the tandoori momo emerges from its kiln, it is charred, and bright red — a kind of dense, carb-heavy chicken tikka with a crunchy casing..."
"Samia enlivens and extends the meanings and imaginings of words, texts, data and transcripts - the illustrated 'Feminism In Our Times' booklet is now a go-to classroom tool, with students and colleagues pausing on the pages and returning again to the varied, multiple and evocative images. The Widening Participation postcard booklet occupies a similar place as a lively resource, and one in which students can recognise themselves in and respond to, as a more real, emotional and powerful connection than abstracted widening participation policies. Whether it's creating a timeline of LGBTQI+ lives - as in one project - or designing a poster for 'hard to reach' participants, or a book cover to match and capture the varied contents, Samia's creative energy and talent shines though: difficult issues are represented in their complexity, with great care and craft."
- Yvette Taylor, Research Director, School of Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.
"Samia is a pleasure to work with, her creative and technical skills are exceptional. We worked together to produce a series of motion graphics around gender based violence data for United Nation Population Fund in Eastern Europe. Samia looked at the brief from several different angles, offering insightful solutions that brought the data to life to help engage different audiences. She was kind and professional in her approach. I thought her drawings were phenomenal."
-Patrick Shepherd, UNFPA & Elephant Song Media, London, UK.
"I was fortunate to be able to work with Samia on a collaborative illustrated short story project in 2020-2021. The project brought together academic researchers and practitioners/members from a domestic workers' rights organisation in Kolkata. Samia came on board at the workshop stage and truly helped bring our ideas and story to life. Samia is supremely talented and working with her was a brilliant, enriching experience for us all. Thank you Samia!"
- Lauren Wilks, PhD Sociology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
"Samia has a special talent. You can describe a complex concept, and she knows just how to create powerful and engaging images. These images are more than visual interpretation, they actively aid the process of research and create new ways of seeing issues. She has been an absolute pleasure to work with, I’ve been lucky to have her insight not just illustrate some of my work, but illuminate my understanding. She is simply outstanding."
- Dr. Churnjeet Mahn, Deputy Associate Principal, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
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Door to Asia, Japan
I am grateful to be part of a think tank of Asian designers who are working to improve disaster affected businesses through design and intersectional collaboration. Read more
ILLUSTRATED BOOK AND AN ANIMATED SHORT FOR UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH.
The Red & Gold Pen
Mithu is one of a vast number of women commuting to Kolkata for domestic work. She lives with her family outside the city, in a village close to Sonarpur, and she travels daily by local train. In the city, she juggles multiple part-time jobs, rushing to and between her three employers’ homes. The work (washing dishes, sweeping floors) is tiring, unregulated, and low-paid, but it provides an important source of income, helping Mithu to support her family and pay for her daughters’ education. As we travel with Mithu, from her own home to her employers’ homes and back again, we are offered glimpses of her daily life, trials and tribulations, and love for her family. We see how, for Mithu and many others like her, commuting brings additional challenges, complicating and compounding many of the issues facing domestic workers in India. We also see how, for those doing it, there is often a profound belief in the power of education. It is this belief – and the hope of a better life for their children through education – which sits at the heart of The Red and Gold Pen.
I AM AVAILABLE FOR PROJECT BASED WORK IN THESE CAPACITIES
STREET ART & MURALS
DESIGN FOR RESEARCHERS
USER INTERFACE DESIGN
BRANDING & IDENTITY
"I find that for myself, without exception, the more I deal with the work as something that is my own, as something that is personal, the more successful it is.”
- Marian Bantjes
Stories in Gouache
I am lucky to live in Chandigarh, the most planned Indian city designed by the iconic Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier.
In this green haven, long walks & runs have been crucial in keeping sane through the Covid waves.
Here are a few stories from my walks & drives.
All illustrations are made using Gouache paints
on Canson paper.
You can enquire more about the illustration set at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploring the North East
The sketch for this was made in a jeep while driving up to Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh from Guwahati, Assam for a music festival. Nobody could quite say how long the drive would take. Everybody we asked had a different answer. My friend and I braced for a 7 hour drive but it ended up being close to 12 hours and to top that off we had a drunk driver who kept taking "breaks"! After getting the taxi driver out of one of his various drinking stops and banning his breaks (only in India) - to calm down, I started to sketch the magnificent tropical forest and all the signage BRO ( Border Roads Organisation :)) had put through the endless mesmerising forest. A rare long drive where you see the jungle and barely any human settlements.
Etching, Edition of 10.