Core Team

Ishan Khosla

Founder & Partner
Core Area of Expertise: Editorial (Book/Print), Branding, Typography, Lettering and Display Type. Interactive Design. Interest in cultural projects, craft-based projects and projects related to ancient to contemporary art.

Ishan Khosla is an Associate Professor in the School of Design at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) in Dehradun, India. He is also a partner at The Typecraft Initiative which was launched in order to create dialogue with rural communities through type design. Previously, he was the director of the design studio, Ishan Khosla Design for a period of thirteen years.


Khosla is a practicing visual artist, designer and researcher with an MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Having returned to India after living in the United States for over a decade, Ishan explores various facets of the contemporary Indian milieu through design. Much of his research has been about examining the links between upcycling, innovation and “undesign” via the informal economy of urban India. He is currently working on a book on lessons and insights from the people who work and live on the street.

Exhibitions include, Indian Ocean Craft Triennial, Perth, Australia | Handcraft for the digital : Type design from India at Atelier Muji Ginza, Tokyo | BOLD — Graphic Design from India, London Design Festival |  Crossing Visions V: The Ecology of Creation, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan | Fracture: New Directions on Contemporary Textiles, Devi Art Foundation | Make it New Again, NID, Ahmedabad | Common Ground at Gallery OED, Kochi. Works created for Porosity Kabari at Studio X, Mumbai in 2016 have been shown at — Matters of Hand: Craft, Design and Technique (SerendipityArts Festival) | Continental Shift: Contemporary art and South Asia (Bunjil Place) | Nishi Gallery, Canberra | the Australian Design Center, Sydney | and the Hawkesbury Gallery. Works made by Ishan are in the permanent collections of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan and the Powerhouse Museum, Australia. 

Khosla’s work has been published in Bi-scriptual — Typography and Graphic Design with Multiple Script Systems; Typographic Universe, Found Type, India Contemporary Design: Fashion, Graphics, Interiors; Tokyo Type Directors Club, New Graphic Design; Asian Graphics Now!; Stop, Think, Go Do; Kyoorius Design Awards and Kyoorius In-book.


Ishan has given talks at Association Typographique Internationale (ATyPI), Type Drives Communities (Type Directors Club/ Oneclub for Creativity), Typo Berlin, TypoDay, London Design Festival, Pune Design Festival, Kyoorius Design Yatra, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Maison de Sciences de l'Homme, Semi-Permanent , the University of Edinburgh, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW (Sydney), Konstfack (Stockholm) and Aalto University (Helsinki), the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA) on Art, Design and Society among others.



Core Area of Expertise: Product & Installation Design, Ceramics

Shirley is a sculptor and designer who graduated from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad . She leads projects at IKD related to installation, ceramics and 3D. Through her label, Irregular Beauty, Shirley creates quirky and humorous ceramics that have a strong element of storytelling. Shirley started the Fired Material Application department at Indian Institute of Craft and Design (IICD), Jaipur in 2010, and was also the department chair from 2010-2013. She continues to be a visiting faculty at IICD. She strongly believes in being a master of ones material and thinks technique informs the work as much concepts can, her approach to her own work therefore is on similar lines, respect towards ones materials, using them appropriately and imaginatively, for the right reasons and with minimum waste or damage to ones environment. She is open to interesting commissions for private and public spaces.