We crossed the pond with this design focused insight, where we speak with Shivam Thapliya from India about what inspires him, his feature at this years Indianama and more!
Have you always wanted to work in the creative industry? If yes, can you tell us why? If not, how did you land your current position?
No, I neither thought about working in the creative industry nor about developing such a deep passion for Design. I was always a curious person and that has helped me come to this point. College was something that gave me an exposure to the world of design and uncountable things one could do. This is what made kept me awake at night, glued to my pc, designing, reaching out to people, looking for inspiration.
What has been your biggest achievement to date and why?
I think Indianama 2017 was my biggest achievement so far. Being curated for it was a great think for me. I got to know a lot of new people with such broad styles. I also got a huge exposure, appreciation, feedbacks and stories about their Journey. This has broadened my thinking, creativity and has also shaped my thoughts in a good way.
What would you describe as you biggest obstacle so far?
Choosing a particular style is my biggest obstacle so far. I can't really help but try all different styles before calling a particular one my forte.
Taking a lighter note what and who inspires your creative process?
People, culture, experiences and what not? I recently went on a Trip and while I was on flight, I got this sudden idea of illustrating my Journey. I made a poster based on my trip. I think even a very small thing can spark an idea which may be a beginning to something big. I like meeting creative people whenever I get a chance. I am very much inspired my work I come across on instagram and colourful artworks.
What three tips would you give your younger self?
As per what has worked for me, and to make it short and precise,
1- Observe! Curiosity answers everything! If you're hungry enough, you'll surely get the answer. Look around designs. See why it works and why it doesn't. You need to not just work, work and work but also look at other style and be able to understand them well
2- Don't be too scared of what's going to happen. As a timid person, I was too scared to take bold steps. But I have realised that one could only work and make things happen rather than worrying about future. Let your work speak.
3- Read books, talk to designers, write mails seeking for help. No one's going to judge you. Being social organisms, you can't grow by just being glued to you laptop, making work and not interacting with people. Stories inspire you in a way that's going to be way different.
What words of wisdom do you have for other creatives?
Don't wait for the opportunity to knock your door. Make it yourself. You like photography? Well, just pick up the most affordable, and walk out of your cozy room and work. Don't think that someone will walk to your door and ask you to work for them all of a sudden. If you want to do something, you'll find a a way. Don't be dependent on others for making you a better artist. Just work, collaborate, experiment, fail, learn and do it again.
What legacy would you like to leave behind?
That anyone can excel in anything!
What's the next step in your creative journey?
I really want to materialize my design. I badly want to paint a wall mural or make a design Rikshaw. I am currently chalking out this idea and hoping to make it happen in upcoming months.