Hitesh Singhal is an award-winning graphic designer specializing in work for art, architecture, education, and culture. Combining a conceptual and strategic approach with progressive modes of visual communication, his practice encompasses the full range of contemporary graphic media—from exhibitions and printed … Read More
Hitesh Singhal is an award-winning graphic designer specializing in work for art, architecture, education, and culture. Combining a conceptual and strategic approach with progressive modes of visual communication, his practice encompasses the full range of contemporary graphic media—from exhibitions and printed materials, to branding and interactive applications. In recognition of its achievements, Hitesh Singhal was awarded the Adobe Design Award 2015 in Exhibition Design, one of the United States’ highest distinction in the field.
He currently collaborates with Patrick Seymour at Tsang Seymour Design, a design studio in the West Chelsea arts district of Manhattan. The studio practice in centered around the belief that successful and enduring solutions are made when knowledge and creative thinking are shared in an open and collaborative exchange. Merging their backgrounds in architecture and graphic design, they work on creating user-centered experiences for various museums and arts organisations in New York City and beyond.
He recently completed an exhibition for the Smithsonian Design Museum called By the People: Designing a Better America. The show challenges the country’s persistent social and economic inequality. Curator of Socially Responsible Design Cynthia E. Smith conducted over two years of field research—traveling to shrinking post-industrial cities, sprawling metro regions, struggling rural towns, areas impacted by natural and man-made disasters, and places of persistent poverty—in search of design for more inclusive and sustainable communities.
As the show’s title implies, design is not just the task of designers. The exhibition celebrates a few outstanding architects, like David Baker and Michael Maltzan, who have conceived subsidized housing in California, and also Jeanne Gang, the Chicago star, who wants to improve relations between the community and law enforcement by reimagining police stations as neighborhood hubs, with gardens and gyms, meeting rooms and free Wi-Fi. The exhibition delivers a powerful message of optimism for achieving a more just and equitable society for all Americans through design. The show received a phenomenal review in the New York Times.
Hitesh completed his Masters in Fine Art(MFA) from Maryland Institute College of Arts, MICA, ranked in the top 3 MFA programs in United States. Mentored under the famous graphic designer, writer, curator, and program director, Ellen Lupton, he got the chance to work on her exhibition “How Posters Work”. The show demonstrated how some of the world’s most creative designers have employed and pushed the boundaries of two-dimensional design, harnessed the mechanics and psychology of perception, and mastered the art of storytelling to produce powerful acts of visual communication.
Hitesh’s work was featured in the best-selling graphic design book by Ellen Lupton called “Graphic Design: The New Basics”. In Graphic Design: The New Basics, Ellen Lupton, best-selling author of such books as Thinking with Type and Design It Yourself, and design educator Jennifer Cole Phillips refocus design instruction on the study of the fundamentals of form in a critical, rigorous way informed by contemporary media, theory, and software systems.
His project, Hedonist Monk, has been featured in AIGA, profession's oldest and largest professional membership organization for design—with 70 chapters and more than 25000 members. The installation used the vernacular of a monk but communicates the ideology of a hedonist. In an age where we deny ourselves nothing and refuse to make any personal sacrifice, the hedonist monk lives his life in dichotomy.
Through his work he creates new relations between journalism and design. Under the name of Archaeology of Tea he created visual narratives about geopolitical issues around Tea. Tea changed the world. He created animated maps that explore tea and its dynamic relationships to globalism, urbanism and migration. The sensory experience of tea was also evoked through teacups and tea blends. From theme of how Tea and spices drove the Western age of discovery to how the tea trade spurred urban growth in Mumbai. The seven islands of the original city gradually merged as builders reclaimed land from the sea, creating a single connected metropolis. And the present day mass migration of people can be looked as tea culture in making through the global flow of customs and flavors.
The writings of prolific design critic Andrew Blauvelt have been deeply influenced his career. He used his writings about Hippie Modernism to create an identity system for MICA’s Graduate thesis show. The visual identity celebrated the organic, liquid qualities that behaved as a counterpoint to the gridded typographic lock up. It serves to remind us that art and design is at its core is a visceral human endeavor. The project was nominated for Adobe Design Award 2016.
Besides his recent accomplishments, I have also gained a wealth of professional experience. At Ogilvy and Mather, he got first hand experience of how large-scale national campaigns are rolled out. At the design department of newspaper, Times of India, he learnt the virtues of speed and efficiency. Churning out design layouts for the English daily everyday was challenging and exciting.
He is now working on the next project for the Smithsonian Design museum centered around the theme of Jazz age and the visual culture surrounding it. The show opens in the spring 2017.
Graduate Teaching Intern
Maryland Institute College Of Arts — Baltimore, MD, USA