I’m Shantanu, a graphic designer from India currently working as an Assistant Professor of Art (Visual Communication) at Ball State University, Indiana. I’m also a Partner + Creative Director at Open Door Design Studio (ODDS). After working as an art director for over six years in India, I left my job to study design at the University of Florida. During this unanticipated adventure I found myself exploring a long buried love for the vernacular street art of India, and after much toil, made a film to document the truck art of India. Back in high school when asked about my dream job, I was the only one in a class of 35 science students to express my interest in design. And without having a proper knowledge about the various disciplines of design, it was almost an accident that led me to become a graphic designer.

Before getting my M.F.A. from the University of Florida, I won several national and international awards for my work in advertising. In 2011, I had the opportunity to research about an art form I love. I traveled to India for 45 days, carried out extensive research and collaborated with friends to make Horn Please—a documentary film that narrates the story of the Indian truck art. If you want to know more about the documentary film, please visit projecthornplease.com.

To view some of my recent design work, please visit ODDS.

 


 

FILM FESTIVALS

 

CinemAsia Film Festival, 2015

Auto Moto Film & Arts Festival, Detroit, 2015

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF), 2014

Auto Moto Film & Arts Festival, Monterey, 2014

New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), 2014

River To River—Florence Indian Film Festival, 2013

Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF), 2013

SELECTED AWARDS

 

Type Directors Club 63

Communication Arts Typography Annual, 2017

Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, 2016

Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, 2015

American Advertising Federation/ADDYs Gold, 2015

American Advertising Federation/ADDYs Special Judges Mention, 2015

Communication Arts Design Annual 55, 2014

Asia Pacific Advertising Festival/AdFest, 2011

Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival (Silver Lion), 2010

Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival (Finalist), 2010

Communication Arts Advertising Annual 51, 2010

Design & Art Direction Awards/D&AD (InBook), 2009

Clio Advertising Awards (Bronze), 2009

Spikes Asia Advertising Festival (Design Finalist), 2009

Goafest Advertising Awards (2 Golds), 2009

IN PRINT

 

Type Directors Annual 38

Communication Arts Typography Annual, 2017

Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, 2016

Wired India editorial spread in Wired Magazine, UK edition, Sept 2016

Typism Book Three, 2016

Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, 2015

Logolounge Book 9, 2015

Uneven Growth – Museum Of Modern Art, 2014

Communication Arts Design Annual 55, 2014

Asheville Citizen Times, 2013

Gainesville Sun, 2013

Communication Arts Advertising Annual 51, 2010

The Work, 2010

Campaign Brief Asia, 2009

Luerzers Archive, 2009