Sameer Kulavoor’s (b. 1983) area of work lies at the intersection of graphic design, contemporary illustration and art. He has been creating a personal body of work, and self-publishing art books and zines that take a look at characteristic mannerisms & archetypal facets of urban surroundings, design and culture. Sidewalks & Coffeeshops (zine, 2009), Zeroxwallah Zine (zine, 2011), The Ghoda Cycle Project (poster-book, 2012), Blued (book/zine , 2013), Oh Flip (flipbooks, 2013) & Please Have A Seat (solo exhibit, 2016) were born out of a keen interest in these peculiarities.
He exhibited The Ghoda Cycle Project at WDC Helsinki in 2012 and in Mumbai in 2013. His book ‘BLUED’ won the coveted Black Elephant (that goes to the best piece of design in India) at Kyoorius Design Awards 2014 and the series was also showcased at YALE fellowship exhibit. Lately he has been working on a number of large scale public art projects and paintings which are on view in Auckland, Bombay (Kalaghoda), Bengaluru & Chennai.
Bombay Duck Designs (BDD) is an independent studio founded by him. BDD’s image-making approach coupled with a wide arsenal of tools, methods and mediums have worked well for music & cultural projects, publications, exhibits, motion graphics, animation, advertising and editorials. It is the earliest ‘specialized’ independent studio of its kind in India and is known for their music related art and design projects having directed and designed animated music videos for Pentagram, album art for Zero and Something Relevant, cover Art for Rolling Stone, design for (Indias biggest music festival) NH7 Weekender festival (2011 – 2016) and a number of motion graphic pieces for MTV India. Besides music projects, he has illustrated for BBC, Royal Enfield, Nike, Pepsi, Britannia, Chivas Regal, Honda, KFC, Skoda, NewYork MOSEX, Condenast, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic to name a few.
His work has been recognized by Lurzers Archive 200 BEST illustrators worldwide, D&AD, The One Show, Communication Arts, The Art Directors club, IDN, It’s Nice That, Kyoorius design magazine, Complex Art + Design, Computer Arts Projects among others. He has been featured in TV Commercials and on hoardings by Bacardi and NIKE India as an influencer and made it to GQ India Magazines list of 50 young Indian influencers under the age of 40 for two consecutive years.
He is the co-founder and co-curator of 100%ZINE – a theme-based visual arts magazine that unearths and showcases a wide range of visual art talent from India and abroad.