Relive Kyoorius Designyatra 2008 | Convergence

In the ever-evolving landscape of design, the year 2008 witnessed a convergence of innovative minds and creative energies. From the 13th to the 15th of September, Designyatra 2008 unfolded its transformative chapters, embracing the theme of “Convergence.” This annual event has consistently celebrated design excellence, illuminated the pathways to the future of design, and fostered a profound sense of community among India’s creative aficionados.

Kyoorius Designyatra traveled to Malaysia in Novemeber 2008. To coincide with the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Kancil Awards Festival, the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents, Malaysia (AAAA) along with Kyoorius Exchange presented Kyoorius Designyatra 2008 in Kuala Lumpur.


Kyoorius Designyatra 2008 wasn’t just an event; it was a convergence of dreams, ideas, and inspirations. It was a testament to the fact that creativity knows no bounds, flowing seamlessly across disciplines, cultures, and ideologies. In a world marked by intricate interconnections, Designyatra 2008 shed light on the harmonious coalescence of diverse creative forces.

The Eminent Voices of #KDY08

At the heart of Designyatra 2008 were the voices that shaped the conversations, igniting sparks of creativity and fostering an atmosphere of collaboration. From industry trailblazers to visionary thinkers, the speakers of #KDY08 represented a tapestry of insights that continue to resonate.

Here’s a glimpse into the remarkable speakers who graced the stage:

  1. Ashwini Deshpande – Co-Founder, Elephant Strategy + Design
    A visionary design thinker, Ashwini Deshpande co-founded Elephant Strategy + Design, a leading design and innovation consultancy. Her work reflects a deep understanding of design’s impact on shaping businesses and societies.
  2. Andy Altman – Partner, Why Not Associates
    As a partner at Why Not Associates, Andy Altman has been at the forefront of innovative design solutions. His multidisciplinary approach and distinct creative voice have left an indelible mark on the design landscape.
  3. Aporva Baxi – Co-founder & Executive Creative Director, Dixonbaxi
    Aporva Baxi’s creative leadership at Dixonbaxi has consistently pushed boundaries. His expertise in brand identity and strategy has resulted in iconic visual experiences for global brands.
  4. Ashish Deshpande – Co-founder, Elephant Strategy + Design
    An integral part of Elephant Strategy + Design, Ashish Deshpande’s insights into design thinking and innovation have been pivotal in reshaping businesses through creative strategies.
  5. Chris Lee – Creative Director, Asylum
    Chris Lee’s role as Creative Director at Asylum has been marked by a commitment to impactful storytelling through design. His projects seamlessly blend aesthetics with narratives.
  6. Eric Scott – Global Creative Director, Saffron Brand Consultants
    Eric Scott’s global perspective as the Creative Director at Saffron Brand Consultants has contributed to pioneering brand experiences that resonate across cultures.
  7. Erik Kessels – Co-founder & Creative Director, Kesselskramer
    Erik Kessels’ creative journey as a co-founder of Kesselskramer showcases a fearless approach to design. His work blurs the lines between art and communication.
  8. Jeroen Van Erp – Co-founder & Creative Director, Fabrique
    As a co-founder of Fabrique, Jeroen Van Erp has championed the value of user-centered design. His insights into creating meaningful user experiences are invaluable.
  9. Kath Tudball – Senior Designer, johnsonbanks
    Kath Tudball’s role as a Senior Designer at johnsonbanks has contributed to impactful visual identities. Her work reflects a meticulous attention to detail and a passion for design excellence.
  10. Kenya Hara – Designer, Nippon Design Centre
    Kenya Hara’s design philosophy as a designer at Nippon Design Centre transcends aesthetics, delving into the essence of design’s cultural and emotional impact.
  11. Neville Brody – Owner, Research Studios
    As the owner of Research Studios, Neville Brody’s avant-garde approach to design has redefined visual communication. His presence at #KDY08 added a layer of radical creativity to the discourse.
  12. Nicolas Roope – Founder & CEO, Poke
    Nicolas Roope’s innovative thinking as the founder of Poke has challenged digital design conventions. His insights into technology’s intersection with creativity are groundbreaking.
  13. Patrick Burgoyne – Editor, Creative Review
    Patrick Burgoyne’s role as the Editor of Creative Review has allowed him to witness design’s evolution firsthand. His editorial insights provide a unique perspective on the design industry.
  14. Paul Belford – Owner & Creative Director, This is Real Art
    Paul Belford’s creative direction at This is Real Art has given rise to impactful campaigns. His work reflects an understanding of design’s role in eliciting emotional responses.
  15. Paul Hughes – Partner, Lava
    Paul Hughes’ partnership at Lava has resulted in innovative design solutions that redefine brand experiences. His insights into multidisciplinary design are invaluable.
  16. Paula Scher – Partner, Pentagram
    Paula Scher’s partnership at Pentagram has solidified her reputation as a design icon. Her insights into brand identity and graphic design remain unmatched.
  17. Preeti Vyas – Chairwoman, Vyas Giannetti Creative
    Preeti Vyas’ chairwomanship at Vyas Giannetti Creative reflects her dedication to nurturing creativity. Her insights on design’s impact on storytelling are profound.
  18. Rajesh Dahiya – Founder, Codesign
    Rajesh Dahiya’s founding role at Codesign showcases his commitment to impactful design thinking. His insights bridge the gap between design strategy and execution.
  19. Rohan Thomas – Senior Web Platform & UX Technology Advisor, Microsoft
    As a Senior Web Platform & UX Technology Advisor at Microsoft, Rohan Thomas’ expertise in technology’s convergence with design is paramount in shaping digital experiences.
  20. Simon Dixon – Co-founder & Executive Creative Director, Dixonbaxi
    Simon Dixon’s collaborative spirit and design acumen have been instrumental in shaping Dixonbaxi’s innovative projects. His insights into design’s role in convergence are truly enriching.
  21. Tirso Francés – Co-founder & Co-Creative Director, Dietwee
    Tirso Francés’ co-creative direction at Dietwee showcases the power of collaboration in design. His insights into multidisciplinary approaches to creativity are inspiring.
  22. Tyler Brûlé – Chairman & CEO, Monocle & Winkreative
    Tyler Brûlé’s role as Chairman & CEO of Monocle & Winkreative embodies design’s intersection with media and branding. His insights into global design trends are invaluable.
  23. Vince Frost – Founder & CEO/Executive Creative Director, Frost* Design
    Vince Frost’s role as the Founder & CEO/Executive Creative Director of Frost* Design showcases his dedication to pushing design boundaries. His insights into holistic design experiences are enlightening.
  24. Wally Olins – Owner, Saffron Brand Consultants
    Wally Olins’ ownership of Saffron Brand Consultants reflects his dedication to building enduring brand identities. His insights into brand convergence and cultural impact are profound.
  25. William Harald-Wong – Owner & Design Director, William Harald-Wong & Associates
    William Harald-Wong’s design directorship reflects his passion for creating meaningful visual narratives. His insights into the fusion of storytelling and design are thought-provoking.

Kyoorius Designyatra 2008 wasn’t just an event; it was a mosaic of creative brilliance, a celebration of unity in diversity, and a testament to the fact that when creativity converges, magic unfolds. For those who were part of this transformative journey and for those who seek inspiration from the past, the echoes of #KDY08 continue to inspire and remind us of the boundless potential of human creativity.

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