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++ UX Design Awards – Autumn 2024 ➜ Enter Now ++ Talent Track: Award Winners ➜ 29 May

Designers

Nishant Arya, Anjali Chowdhury, Radhika Jindal, Soumya Mishra, Gauri Khandelwal

Year

2024

Category

New Talent

Country

India

School

Pearl Academy

Teacher

Niketa Chakrabarti

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Three questions to the project team

What was the particular challenge of the project from a UX point of view?
Our primary challenge involved acquiring comprehensive insights into the diverse landscape of Indian artisans, necessitating interviews with practitioners across various art forms. The research phase proved intensive, encompassing the thorough examination of numerous research papers and case studies that shed light on the prevailing conditions faced by artisans in our nation. This methodological approach mirrors the foundation of "SHILP: A Heritage Conservation Project", a specialized application tailored specifically for Indian artisans. Functioning as a platform, SHILP enables these skilled craftsmen to exhibit their creations, concurrently promoting cultural awareness and accentuating the distinctive nuances of their design processes.

What was your personal highlight in the development process? Was there an aha!-moment, was there a low point?
The project's timeline was marked by various challenges and accomplishments, spanning from the research phase to the design process. Given the rich diversity of India, designing for a singular art form posed significant difficulties. Recognizing the need for a comprehensive experience, we strategically balanced our team to adopt a holistic approach to design. This ensured that the final product catered to the diverse cultural landscape, reflecting a nuanced understanding of the multifaceted artistic traditions present in the country.

Where do you see yourself and the project in the next five years?
The selection of this topic was driven by a selfless commitment to contributing back to the artisans who have been integral to the cultural foundations of India for centuries. Looking ahead, we aspire to take pride in the meaningful impact our platform will have on the artisan community over the next five years. It is our sincere hope that this initiative becomes a significant and positive force for the artisans of our country.