Fired by the Fears of Life

At the age of 8 Ishan Khosla had a sketchbook  full of logos he designed , but it took him a long time and a dramatic event to help him realise that he was meant to be a designer. When Ishan was 22, he lost most of his vision, which was thankfully restored by brain surgery later. This traumatic experience became the catalyst for his deep interest in design. His first real experience with graphic design was expressions of his emotions post his surgeries — when he scanned x-rays on his ankle and used the MRI scans of his brain to create a visual that expressed his deep feelings and fears at that time of his life.

Ishan eventually,  pursued graphic design and completed an MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts, New York. After living in the US for twelve years, he returned to India to  launch his design agency called Ishan Khosla Design. He was one of only six Indian designers to be invited by the Dutch Government to Holland in October 2010 to help foster collaboration in design. He was also a finalist of British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards 2010. Here are a few book cover designs that he created.

Ishan loves working with various craftspeople and creating personal and hand-done work.  Recently he worked with hoarding painters, mehendi artists(for the book cover above), Kaavad craftsmen and qatib artists to create work that is conceptual and fresh.


  1 comment for “Fired by the Fears of Life

  1. akanksha jain
    January 14, 2011 at 7:39 am

    truly inspiring work !!

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