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21 features for 2021

Monthly Feature // January 2021

We feature 21 brilliant artists for 2021! These are talented women doing so well in different fields of design.

A year ago we featured 20 artists for 2020. This is a continuation of the the same series! We are featuring these wonderful women, all working across multiple fields of design.

Starting May of 2020 we started interviewing women working in creative fields. Every Interview, every feature and conversation has given us so much knowledge. We are extremely grateful to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to chat with us. This year, we plan on getting to know so many more brilliant creatives, learning your stories and sharing it with everyone so we can all grow!

Scroll to check out the features of this month and check out their Instagram pages!


Originally from Mumbai, Bhroovi Gupta is a Graphic, UX and Motion Designer with a passion for technology and interactive experiences. She started her undergraduate design degree in Bangalore, India at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology and then transferred to the University of Kansas to finish her degree where she’s currently completing a BFA in Visual Communication Design.

Aashti Miller is an architect by day and an illustrator by night. She was born and raised in Mumbai, and moved to the US in 2012 to pursue a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). Her academic background pushed her aesthetic to evolve into detailed drawings that tread the fine line between constructed and painted, digital and analog, two and three dimensional.


Alisha is an interdisciplinary artist whose work ranges from creating logos, designing books, material exploration, teaching, and illustrating. She is primarily associated with projects that focus on bridging the gap between humans and their natural surroundings. As a visual learner, her body of work focuses on helping her audience process data in an easy and enjoyable manner.


Malavika Anupraj is a video editor, director and multimedia journalist currently based in Toronto. Her visual signature is based on her love for sound, rhythm & nostalgia. She has previously worked on projects for Gucci, Fendi, GQ Magazine & currently creates content on a freelance basis for social media. She started creating videos to catalogue her memories!


Kimya Gandhi is a type designer from Mumbai with a passionate interest in Indic letterforms. She specialises in creating new and innovative Devanagari typefaces. Kimya is a partner at the type foundry, Mota Italic, with her husband Rob Keller where they design custom and retail typefaces. Mota Italic has catered to a range of clients like Škoda, Audi, Apple, Google, to name a few.


Mona is an Industrial Designer, keen to create products that are honest, simple and enjoyable. She graduated with a first-class Masters in Design (Industrial Design) from Sheffield Hallam University and following on from internships working on designs for habitat such as at MUT Design in Spain, she is now based in Cambridge, UK, working at Færch - a European market leader of thermoformed food packaging.


Keerthana started papercutting with nothing more than a box cutter 10 years ago. She used to make thank you cards & would use paper cut-outs to create layers & dimension. But, she never considered papercutting as an artistic medium up until 3 years ago when she took a 4-month open elective while pursuing my masters and learned the art from the wonderful Annie (@anniehowepapercuts).


Kritika Trehan is a serious graphic designer and a funny illustrator. Her work is rooted in gender, culture and and design for social good. She enjoys using humour and loves print and web equally (almost). When she is not doing work for others, she likes to work on overambitious side projects that never end up finishing. She talks too fast, organises too much and is now regretting writing this in third person.


Popularly known as “Lady Bhuvaneshwari’’ among her peers, is a multi-disciplinary Artist with main focus on Fashion. She started Batte and co to showcase her vision and to be a part of Earth’s recovery journey, and it has been a fine medium with positive response, with much encouragement and support from the Instagram community.


Anupreeta is a Product Designer with a passion for paper cutting, which stemmed from her love for working hands on with materials. Her experiments in paper began with creating papercut typography for 36 Days of Type and have evolved over time to include varied styles, from 3-dimensional forms to stopmotion.


Pooja is a Bangalore-based illustrator, designer and artist who primarily works in illustration, space graphics, print design and art direction. Her personal work draws inspiration from the surrealist and expressionist art movements in history. Most of her works revolve around a lyric in a song or a dialogue from a film that catches her fancy.


Sahiba completed her Bachelors in Architecture in 2012 from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai. After which she worked for nearly three years at Studio LAB and Abraham John Architects. She is the founder at Insitu (2019) an architectural and interior design studio focussed on crafting in place.


Shivani Parasnis is a typographer / graphic designer from Mumbai, India, and currently works as a designer at Spotify, from her quaint little bedroom-studio in Baltimore. After making the switch from Biotechnology to Graphic Design in 2018, Parasnis has been constantly exploring new and exciting ways of expressing, designing and exploring letters, illustrations and print media.


Nishita Mohta is the multi-disciplinary creative behind Vaccines For Fear, a project that reflects and soothes all our creative blocks. The year 2021 marks a full decade of her design journey and of living creatively on an everyday basis. Her current project looks at how the inner critic is always at play in the face of new creative challenges, causing (often irrational) fears that aim to hinder us.


Rashmi Tyagi is a visual artist and illustrator based out of India. Her work borrows inspiration from nature, stories of courage and curiosity of the ordinary. She enjoys working on narratives that support the environment and telling stories in bold, colorful ways that elicits hope and inspires change.


Kousalya's design journey started at the age of 10 when she used to customise kitchen utensils for her mother, model portable wooden toys and paint posters for her younger sister. Making and cracking has always been her source of inspiration and empowerment. This is what pushed her to pursue my bachelors degree at MIT Institute of design, Pune.


Nishika D'Silva is a communication designer and illustrator based in Mumbai. With an eye for creative problem solving, she strives to create a balance between work and play. She takes a holistic approach to design - balancing research and strategy with a strong visual aesthetic. Her curiosity and collaborative mindset enable her to craft powerful brands with rich narratives.

Professionally she's am a Fashion Designer. Personally she's an animal lover and an 80’s enthusiastic. She has been painting as long as she can remember. When she was 12 years old looking at her potential her father hired a professional classical artist who taught her the nitty gritty of sketching and oil painting.


Vishakha is an explorer who loves exploring anything and everything about design and Type. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Communication Design from MIT Institute of Design, Pune. She has always been inclined towards Social issues and when the 2020 lockdown happened she took this as an opportunity to express her concern about these issues through her experimental Poster Series.


Sakshi Yadav is an art director and visual artist currently living and working in Delhi, India. She graduated with an M.Des. in Information Arts and Information design Technology from the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore in 2020. Sakshi explores art through the subjects that revolve around working with different communities.


Jigyasa moved to the US for my design education about 4 years ago. She wasn’t one of those kids who knew what they wanted to do. Her decision was decidedly last minute, but she had a good scholarship, and she saw it as an opportunity to try something new. She was definitely a creative, page doodler kind of girl in school.

That concludes our list 21 talented artists! Go ahead and check out their work, show them some support! As a community let's all make the effort to spread positivity and make space for everyone. So grateful to be doing what we do. We look up each one of you and your work keeps inspiring us to do better! ❤️

We're always open to other perspectives, opinions and a good chat over some coffee or tea. We'd love to host a conversation with you, head on over to our Discord and get in touch! With 🧡 Team WID.


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