Akuru Collective is Sri Lanka’s first and largest typographic collection. This amazing group uses their love for letters to pull off some groundbreaking work for type and language. AkuruCon and local editions of international type forums like AtypI (Association Typographique Internationale) and TypodayContinue reading “When words have the power to make or break this world”
Places have stories. The language that place-stories are told in is complex, multidimensional and surrounding. Discovering the story of a place is not as easy as picking up a book and reading, or watching a documentary about it. You have to find it.Continue reading “Feeling places; city stories”
Joan is a fascinating multi artist with a Sri Lankan burgher heritage. She lives in Denmark now, but returns to Sri Lanka every year to her family estate in North-West of the island. When she commissioned us to write a piece about herContinue reading “A mind flowing free in thread and colour”
This anniversary edition book was commissioned by Elpitiya Plantations of the blue chip conglomerate Aitken Spence Group. After twenty five years, the company has overcome serious challenges and moved from being a loss-making venture in deep debt, to Sri Lanka’s top rated plantation. TheContinue reading “On a lush earth”
This is probably one of the most interesting projects that we’ve consulted in. Few years ago, Public Works was commissioned in a project that involved strategising and branding Sri Lanka’s creative industries’ policy; it was quite exciting. The local creative industries’ strategy wasContinue reading “Innovation Island”
Paul McCartney’s words in Eleanor Rigby, ‘Ah, look at all the lonely people’, haunted my mind throughout 2020’s pandemic lockdowns. During this time, I did an over-the-phone research involving people in urban and suburban Sri Lanka; It was an attempt to understand theContinue reading “Before the begonias die”
When people ask me what we do at our storytelling studio Public Works, I often start with our defining line—Making and managing meaning. What does that mean? How do we ‘make meaning’ or manage it? This is a little story that explains howContinue reading “Making and managing meaning”
How is ‘meaning’ constructed in our minds? Can we make meaning out of something without words? Is it through words that we understand the world? Let’s look into that.
Few years back, I worked with the promising fashion brand SRI following their brand identity that was created by The Future Laboratory—world’s leading trend forecasting agency.
The ocean can cast a spectacular spell on your being. Its vastness can lead you to the eternity in yourself or render you small and speechless to be content with simple things – like a day spent in the breezy hush under a palm tree.
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