Interview with Tuhin Kumar

Date of Interview

January 26, 2010

Designer's Website

Designer's Twitter Page

City & Country of Residence

New Delhi, India

Curently Working For


Type of Design


1. Besides the usual online blogs and galleries, from what or where do you draw inspiration?

I tend to be heavily dependent on the "noise" from my environment for inspiration. It might sound strange but thoughts of people and their philosophies inspires my design more than anything.

I also make it a habit to read design books on a regular basis. I believe that it has improved my sense and understanding of design in a very wide manner.

2. Design-related or not, can you list up to 3 books that you've found beneficial to your growth as a designer?

The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst.

Transcending CSS by Andy Clarke

Almost all the Philosophy books that I have read till now.

3. If you could name one tool/application/software/hardware that you can't live without (from a design perspective), what would it be, and why?

I guess my Macbook Pro, since it is my home as well as my work computer.

If it is a software, it would be Adobe Photoshop CS4.

4. What would be your design "dream job"?

I would like to continue working as a freelancer as "design" for me is a natural phenomenon and doing it in a fixed manner or with lots of deadlines is just not my thing. I need my space and time to create art that inspires me.

5. What changes would you like to see in the design community in the next 5 years?

I guess, we could bridge the gap between the "elite" designers and the "newbies" so that the new ones could learn a lot from their seniors. While Twitter has helped a lot in this direction, yet a lot needs to be done.

Special thanks to Tuhin Kumar for taking the time to answer these questions exclusively for Interviews by Design.

Reader Comments for this Interview

  1. tejas on March 05 2010.

    I see there hardly exist a bridge between the elite and newbies!! Thanks to social media, every top-notch designer now knows his status as a designer is elevated highly by what he gives back to the community. Take Jason Santa Maria, Eliot Jay Stocks, Andy Clarke, Jeff Finley (of fame - awesome illustrator) - all of them share the basics and the overall inspiration that drive them.

    I am not sure what more we can ask from the world of design. It sort of takes away the mystique we associate with artists (or designers, in a microcosmic term); but there hardly is a bridge in terms of knowledge sharing.

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