Women Economic Forum: Paving the way for a stronger tomorrow

Few years back when I started contributing back to the community, I would always see just a single female name in the list of speakers. Over the years I saw a couple more with whom I could share the stage with pride.

Though I would admit, I did feel a sense of achievement especially during this age of #genderequality

This month I felt elevated, being part of the Women Economic Forum’s annual meet in New Delhi.

It was fascinating to be at an event which wasn’t limited to just having my co-speakers as women from all walks of life worldwide, but also the delegates, hosts, organisers joining hands together and making each other more stronger and powerful together.

WEF has the motto of enabling women leaders to expand business opportunities and enhance personal influence through networking across borders while also being inspired by some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, authors, thought leaders and celebrities.

It is an exceptional multi-national forum lead by Dr. Harbeen Arora, with 100,000 members and inspiring women across 150 countries.

The overall theme of the event was “Reimagining Societies: Reclaiming Humanity With Gender Equality

I was invited to speak about Productivity vs Creativity – Blending Both.

As productivity is measurable while creativity isn’t yet both are two sides of the same coin. A lot of us struggle with creativity and productivity and sometimes take too much stress on ourselves. Still, we can’t just sit there and wait until the mood strikes. So if you want to learn the techniques to improve your creativity and productivity just message me.

My special thanks to the beautiful ladies who were the force behind the seamless organization of a 6 days long mega event.

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F3 – Food for Fingers

At times too much of technology gets on your nerves! I realized this when one of the evenings I spent less than an hour with clay. And instantly was transported to a place which had been a memory till now.

All the designers out there, leave the mouse and touchpad behind for a while, go ahead and exercise all your fingers!

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Delhi Street Art

Yes! Street Art happens in Delhi too

This was unbelievable for me till I had encountered the event. Like any other weekend, in September 2013, we had just finished our run in Lodhi Gardens. While cooling down we saw few people painting the trash cans. Taken by surprise we went ahead and checked with the organizers. With a simple registration process, anyone could volunteer and make the boring trash cans into a piece of art. In no time we were painting the sky blue, literally.

From juggling with paper scribbles, paint tubes, brushes, to what colors to apply and how much, we ended up creating our masterpiece of the day 🙂

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First piece of art

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The thrill of enjoying the splashes of colors, brush strokes in close contact with the nature was a dream come true. In fact it gave me such a high, I could sense what someone may feel after marijuana, an addiction which pushed me to do it again.

And then Delhi Street Art organized another event in November of same year, and I was all for it without a second thought, and reached 1 hour 15 mins before time 😀

And here’s the result of 7 hours of high with mushrooms, minion and merry!

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Doing our bit for social awareness. Concept behind this Social Initiative – To pull people’s attention that ‘hey there is a bin’ instead of them disposing stuff around!

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Event was organized by Delhi Street Art in collaboration with NDMC. 

Special Thanks to : Yogesh Saini & team at Delhi Street Art AND O.P. Mishra from NDMC

Facebook in an Alternate Universe, Optimized for Touch

SEPTEMBER 2, 2013
There had been moments that I felt Facebook web interface on the iPad didn’t really feel good to use. There was of course a Facebook “App”, but that wasn’t as flexible as the web version.

One weekend, I took on the task to see how I would have done Facebook. Started playing around with few ideas from paper scribbles, to whiteboard and finally jumped to actual design tools :- )

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During this process there were multiple ideas dropping from all sides of brain cells, seemed like a BIG fight between them, which resulted in detailing out the two of the thoughts. First being – Continue reading

Toolkit for Innovative Designers – Part I

I have seen at times, we as designers spend most of our time trying to get the ‘just right‘ device shape for mobiles and tablets, getting the perfect glare angle and how the external product looks, since presentation does make a difference!

But are you spending more time on it than required?  Won’t it be an enormous step forward for all the designers to centralize their thoughts for some innovative thinking, rather than getting the device shape right, especially during the initial phase.

In this post I have tried to consolidate some of the templates available across the globe.

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Santa Claus bag of goodies for designers
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/mobile-devices-gui-prototyping-templates/

Have always been a great follower of Teehanlax guys
http://www.teehanlax.com/tools/

Library for user experience, designers and developers supported with Stencil Kit.
http://developer.yahoo.com/ypatterns/about/stencils/

https://www.graffletopia.com/stencils/tags/mobile

A gift must to have  http://www.uistencils.com the collection spreads across iPhone, Android, Windows and many more. See a sample here http://www.uistencils.com/collections/frontpage/products/iphone-sketch-pad 😀

This will tremendously help to design a great idea and a product. Elevate yourself towards an innovate designer and not just a visual designer!

HTML Best Pratices and Tips

Stumbled across 30 HTML Best Practices post by Jeffrey Way (editor with Nettuts) and found it worth sharing.
Though the article title suggests it’s for beginners but I would say its useful for experts too. You may find lot of such articles via google search but I like the way Jeffrey has written.

I had created 3R theory for myself sometime back, you can try and see if it adds value for you.

  • Read
  • Remember
  • Render in your style (not replicate)

happy working!

CSS3 Possibilities (Part – 1)

Create shadow effects with CSS

Gives flexibility to designers to play freely with the shadow effects. So next you want to play with your creativity, don’t hesitate with the shear thought of execution or UI developer standing with a ‘Not Possible’ board. Simply direct him to this link 🙂

Create progressive background image with CSS

Best feature – Scales images proportionality, without Continue reading