François Chalet has been working as an independent illustrator, animator, director and visual artist (www.francoischalet.ch) since 1997. He teaches expanded animation at Lucerne University of Art & Design. His work revolves around storytelling, animation, immersion, installation, performance and has worked on multi platform projects. He works for national and international clients and projects like the opening ceremony of the Gotthard Basis-tunnel, Zwingli - ein Mysterienspiel, Fantoche, Ebay, Philippe Starck, Nuit Blanche Paris, Centre George Pompidou, the dance company Thomas Duchatelet, and many more.
Sudha Palepu is a designer by education, with work experience in the creative and cultural industries of India, USA and the UK. At the onset of Covid-19 in 2020, Sudha found herself running out of her most-used inks. Instead of replenishing art supplies from online stores, she began experimenting with kitchen and garden scraps to create her own water-based dyes, inks and pigments. She uses these inks to create detailed, ephemeral artworks. These original works have found early patronage, as have their print reproductions. Sudha’s art practice in creating paints and artworks from natural dyes is called Pans & Spaces, where she combines her interest in science and experiences in visual art & spatial design.
Dr Nigel Hughes has a Ph.D from the University of Bristol. His research areas are Paleobiology, Trilobite Paleobiology, Lower Paleozoic paleogeography and tectonics. An avid singer and ukulele player, his recent works include Whale evolution story through graphic narratives.
Professor Singanapalli Balaram, a highly distinguished Indian designer, is one of the founding faculties of the National Institute of Design. Design educator, writer and presently Emeritus professor of CEPT University, Ahmedabad and Dean of DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore, he is internationally acclaimed. Educated at Royal College of Art, London and NID (Ahmedabad), Balaram held positions on the board of directors of NID Ahmedabad, NIFT and CEPT University. At Royal college of art, he also studied film criticism. He has passion for films and was chairman of NID film club for many long years.
His designs won international awards from bodies such as UNIDO and ICSID amongst others. He has 4 patents to his credit and was awarded the honorary fellowship by the Society of Industrial Designers of India for his contribution to improve the quality of life and the scroll of honor by NID for design excellence.
NID Alumni and Founder of TRIP creative services, a multi award-winning visual communication design house. He is known for making learning science fun and easy for kids. Happy Building Web series, a fun science and a fun facts series on the DIY video model, Dot– Everybody dances to techno -a music video are some of his known works.
Prakash Moorthy did post graduate studies in Art at the M.S University of Baroda (1985) and in Animation film Design at the National Institute of Design (1989). In 1997 he was invited to show his films at the Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival. From 2000 he taught visual scripting and character design as a visiting faculty at the National Institute of Design. His book “Animating an Indian Story” was published by NID in 2006 and he contributed short stories to “Between the earth and the sky” an anthology of stories from the forests edited by Savya Saachi for Penguin books, published in 2006.He worked as Professor and Head of the Department of Animation Cinema at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, setting up the Department. Besides designing the curriculum for the same, he initiated the Animation Film Appreciation program “sense animation” that travels the North Eastern states of the country. Presently, he teaches Animation Design at Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology.
With a global media, animation and design career spanning 25 years in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Sydney, Silas has a clear vision to combine the best of Japanese anime and Western cartoons into a new kind of hybrid animated entertainment. Prior to this, Silas worked with Cartoon Network for over 12 years as Regional Head of Development and Original Production for the APAC region, producing multiple award-winning shows across a variety of genres and formats. In that role, he launched several pioneering original content development initiatives that included pinpointing and green lighting the production of numerous high-quality original shorts and series for the region’s kids’ brands: Cartoon Network, Boomerang and POGO and Toonami.
Isabel Herguera studied Fine Arts at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf, Germany and Animation at the California Institute of the Arts (Calarts). She worked for several animation productions in Los Angeles before returning to Spain in 2003 to direct Animac, the International Animation Festival of Cataluña and to take on the coordination and programming for the Laboratory of Moving Image (LIM) in Arteleku, Spain.
Ram Mattegunta is an alumnus of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Hyderabad (1999) and studied Illustration and Design at Istituto di Moda Burgo, Milan, Italy (2004). Prolific Apparel Designer, Illustrator and Graphic Artist, he received the prestigious Soviet Land Nehru Award in Graphic Art Competition and Letters of appreciation from Mr. Bill Clinton, Hon. President of the United States, Mr. Jim Bolger, Hon. Prime Minister of New Zealand and Mr. Ezer Weizman, Hon. President of Israel, for the World Peace and Environmental Protection Project. Currently, he is Faculty in Textile & Apparel Design Discipline at National Institute of Design, Andhra Pradesh.
Andrea Noronha is a senior faculty in the department of Industrial Design at NID Andhra Pradesh. Before which she has been visiting faculty involved in teaching courses like Geometry & Structure, Form, Analytical Drawing, Environmental Perception, Visual Narratives, Design Process and Design Projects at the foundation and industrial design departments for the last decade at the NID campuses in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Vijayawada and also at various other design institutes in Kerala, Jaipur, Pune while working as a part of the space design team at Ether Design in Bangalore. An alumnus of NID, Andrea did the PGDPD programme in Furniture and Interior Design, Industrial Design.