Studio Nafisa interviewed Mr. Ajit Chandran, a senior technology leader in banking and technology industry. He was Sr. VP. of technology architecture with Bank of America and now he is senior advisor with IBM for technology transformation for banking industry.
Apart from his accomplishments in technology industry, Ajit is a very accomplished musician, composer and painter. He has released multiple music CDs, performed with many famous artists.
Given the unique blend of art and technology background and his successes in each of these areas, we were interested in getting his perspectives on Art, impact of Art on careers and his advice for young artists and designers.
We met with Mark Radina of Radina Glass studio a few days ago. We also visited his stained glass studio where he not only creates new stained glass art but also helps restore many classic stained glass installations. Even though he has been involved with restoration of numerous marquee stained glass installations including the buildings designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright, these days he is focused on new designs moving towards more contemporary, Art Nuevo, curvilinear patterns and designs.
We were interested to understand his influences and how he became successful at his craft and business. We also asked him about what aspiring designers should do to become successful not only at stained glass art...
Recently we met with Starla Snead of 'Designs by Starla' to understand her business and to get her perspective on Design and Design Thinking for "studio nafisa' students and other young aspiring designers.
Starla brings her love of art, experimentation and science background to her businss of Calligraphy, Engraving and Passion Stones.
Her recommendations to young and aspiring designers:
- Love Experimenation
- Keep Learning
- Try something that no one else has done
- Experiment in every discipline: Science, Design and Art