Autor: Manoj Kurian

Win Win

I’ve come up with two project ideas for more diversity in German media and economy. Both got selected at the Open Innovation Challenge initiated by startup incubator Media Lab Bayern. With great support from Vimal Kandoth and Sepiedeh Fazlali I was able to create beta…

Fair(er) Language

DutchCulture (Amsterdam) invited 40 communication experts to address cultural differences and inequalities that arise from the use of language when cooperating internationally. The aim is to promote international cultural collaborations in a manner that recognises different working modalities and acknowledges unequal systems while promoting mutual…

Beats Of Liberation

Happy Independence Day! I couldn’t resist to do this month’s Masala Movement podcast myself. One good thing caused by the pandemic is that I’ve been listening to a lot of music again .. favourite tunes from the past as well as recent beats, rhymes and…

Let’s Move!

Me and my partners at Masala Movement Sepiedeh Fazlali and Pravini Baboeram are currently carving out the brand principles and vision for our growing platform. Meanwhile I couldn’t resist to put a representative visual together based on a mix-and-match illustration set I came across some…

Hairy Dream

One of my many teenage dreams was to become a hair dresser and open my own barber shop despite the fact that it was considered to be a pretty „gay“ job and not hip at all. But for me growing up with hiphop music it…

Indernet 2020

The Internet can connect and divide, emancipate and polarise causing both good and irreversible bad. It is contradictory, exponentially growing, cross-cultural and an inexhaustible source of inspiration.  In the form of an annual art event INDERNET is about exploring the parallels and interaction between digital…

Understanding India

Who does? This little publication called Indien verstehen is at least trying. It’s part of the SympathieMagazine series including more than 50 country magazines and special issues on religions, development, globalisation, human rights and more. The overall idea is to support a travel culture of…

Moving Interventions

CHAKKARs wants to facilitate spaces in which PoC, postmigrant, decolonizing, critical intersectional, anti-racist, and critically white perspectives can be negotiated in and through dance, bodies and physical cultures. The initiators Sandra Chatterjee and Sarah Bergh asked me to come up with a brand idea for…

Black Gold

I always wanted to record a vinyl only mix and since I’m kind of stuck at home it seemed like the perfect time to do so. It was late in the night or rather early morning of April 1st, so please don’t take it too…

Deep In India Vol. 7

The previous Todh Teri EP sold so well that he assigned us again to develop the cover art for his upcoming record Deep In India Vol. 7 (vinyl only). The availability of the record can be checked here. Check out this amazing track by guest artist Kone…

Inderkinder

The editor-in-chief of Meine Welt Rainer Hörig contacted me because he wanted to do a feature about young Indo-German entrepreneurs. I think it’s pretty useful to write about your profession once in a while … especially when you have to keep it short. Before I…

5-Minute Branding

Me and my friend Dr. Margret Müller (specialist for humanitarian affairs) started the Facebook group Corona Hilfe Köln bringing volunteers and people in need together. I quickly put a logo together and created some visuals for different threads making it easier to navigate within the…

A Dance Theatre About Diwali

My talented friends Vathsalan Rajan and Reena Pathrose came up with an Indian dance theatre including 31 dancers. I was more than happy to help them organising and promoting this great project. We had two fully booked. „Desolate darkness has spread all over the kingdom…

Köln India Week

The Köln India Week, which takes place for the 12th time in a row this year, deals intensively with the bilateral relations between Germany and India through a variety of high-profile events from culture, business and science. KölnBusiness the main sponsor of the event assigned…

I Design, Therefore I Am

It was really nice to be back at the German University in Cairo, exactly 10 years after teaching there for the first time. My friend and old colleague Miroslaw Leczek who’s still teaching at the GUC invited me to share some insights with the students…

Saint George The Dragon Slayer

25 years ago my dad and his other friends in Germany who grew up in the same South-Indian village called Edathua started organising an annual function in Köln to pay tribute to their mutual hometown. For the upcoming silver anniversary the organising committee asked me…

Podcast Hosted By Todh Teri

Finally Masala Movement is starting its monthly podcast featuring global artists, expressing musical diversity and breaking barriers between genres. I was very happy to do the kick-off 🙂 Tracklist: 01 Lorbeerblatt (Instrumental) – T9 02 Gosh – Jamie xx 03 Candy (featuring Hashback Hashish) –…

Deep In India Vol. 6

My trusted illustrator Costanza Coletti and me had the pleasure to develop the cover art for Todh Teri’s latest release. Deep In India Vol. 6 is a limited and vinyl only edition. The availability of the record can be checked here. This one is my…

Independent Indian Film Night 2019

Since 2009, the New Generations – Independent Indian Film Festival Frankfurt brings cinematic highlights from Indian Independent Cinema to Germany. The program features exciting feature films every year, as well as documentaries and short films, including several German premieres.  As an official extension of the festival, I’m…

Invited by mer. Store

mer. Store Frankfurt invited me and my partner in crime Vineetha to present the documentary movie „Brown Angels“ and our little photo exhibition „Schwester Kerala“ tracing the migration story of Indian nurses in Germany. Thank you airbag craftworks and Indian Goods Co. for being such amazing hosts!!! We had…

Indo-German Young Leaders Forum

The Indo-German Young Leaders Forum is a platform for bilateral exchange of the young and rising generation of India and Germany. I was invited to their annual conference which was held in Berlin. During a session on migration at the Humboldt University me (representing Masala Movement e.V.), Prof.…

Indernet 2019

In the form of a multi-day exhibition, we (me and the Masala Movement team) presented artworks and designs by Indian and India-inspired creatives, who use the Internet as both an instrument and a stage. The second edition of INDERNET took place as part of the…

Intercultural Branding

I was invited to the Max-Planck-Institute in Dresden to conduct a workshop at a conference organised by IndiAlumni which is a group of people who have taken part in Indo-German academic experiences sponsored by the DAAD. The workshop was about exploring the identity and positioning of IndiaAlumni amongst other…

Breaking Barriers

I guess my baby ain’t a baby anymore. The new Masala Movement platform is finally live! During the past year I’ve been working on rebranding and relaunching my heart project dedicated to intercultural creativity and lifestyle since 2004. In order to strengthen its structure and vision…

KurianLab

My dad always wanted me to be an engineer and I know my mom secretly wishes I would have become a doctor. I told them they can call me whatever they like .. Design Engineer, Dr. Brand or Master of Communication … as long as…

Meister Mahmoody

I was very pleased when Kami Mahmoody told me that he is doing his „Meister“ in electrical and medical engineering. I usually get excited when friends are planning to start their own business, especially when they ask me for help regarding the branding. Meister Mahmoody…

Back Home!

No, I’m not planning to become a fashion model 🙂 I just helped out at a shoot for an urban adventure project. The air was crisp, the sunlight amazing and it was fun spending some time with this secret photographer. What I like is the…

High Fashion In Rural India

Like almost all men in Kerala my uncle wears the Lungi at home. Basically it’s the Indian version of jogging pants. I was always impressed by the colourful and trippy designs. This one seems like a little accident or maybe not. Anyways my uncle loves…

Independent Indian Film Night 2018

Since 2009, the New Generations – Independent Indian Film Festival Frankfurt brings cinematic highlights from Indian Independent Cinema to Germany. The program features exciting feature films every year, as well as documentaries and short films, including several German premieres. As an official extension of the…

E-Bike Brand Challenge

Quite some time ago m-way (retailer for e-bikes) asked me to come up with brand suggestions for potential in-house products. Eventually they’ve never launched any. My favourite brand idea was vlo-e … basically it stands for „flowing electrically“. My inspiration was the similarity between the words „velo“…

Shaping Collaboration

AfricaWorks is an impact recruiting and employability agency that want to contribute to a model of sustainable business and link highly qualified African candidates with European companies. My job was to help positioning and designing the brand. Besides the identity I’ve designed the website and several…

Sister Kerala

Me and Vineetha organised a photo exhibition at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum. In the 1960s, the first nurses from the southern Indian state of Kerala came to Germany. They could barely speak the language and had never seen a country other than their homeland. Sister Kerala…

Securing Future

Dolff Pyschny Piper is a consultancy firm based in Zurich that stands for excellence in product lifecycle management (PLM). Actually I was just assigned to optimise their corporate design but eventually I was able to do much more. Since I’ve never heard of PLM before…

Arabian Utopia

While I was in Dubai for some work I went on a day trip to Abu Dhabi. In the land of excessive striving for superlatives and disgusting pomp, the Emirati version of the Louvre is definitely a real cultural highlight. But that shouldn’t be too…

Indernet 2018

The project INDERNET wants to explore the parallels and above all the interaction between digital and Indian culture. Here, it is important to balance on the increasingly narrow level between inflation and innovation, commercialization and self-fulfillment, technology and spirituality, nationality and identity. As part of the 10th Cologne…

Interviewed By Meine Welt

Meine Welt is a magazine supporting the German-Indian dialogue since 1984. Editor-in-chief Rainer Hörig met me at Masala Empire in Cologne to interview me regarding my upcoming exhibition. Read full interview here.

Between Recruitment And Deportation

Cultural anthropologist Prof. Dr. Urmila Goel asked me if I could design the visuals for her upcoming workshop. I always enjoy working on projects that are related to my mother’s migration story. In the 1960s and early 1970s there were not sufficient nurses in Germany.…

Scaling Retail

My friend and long time client Hans-Jörg Dohrmann has started a venture capital management firm. Its focus will be investing in retail innovation. After working together with him on the positioning I came up with a catchy yet relevant brand name and logo. Designing the…

Better Biking

… is the core message I came up with for the repositioning of m-way. For the past five years I have been working as a freelance brand consultant and designer for Switzerland’s largest e-bike retailer. Here a few kind words of the former marketing director…

The Favourite Indian

In the heart of Ehrenfeld, on the lively Neptune Square, the Masala Empire is an authentic piece of India. All the richness of Indian culinary art merges with exotic interior. But by no means does the ambience reflect the well-known clichés of India; the guest…

Smart Targeting

A pretty big corporate asked me to come up with a brand idea for their sub division focussing on analytics and tackling big data. Data & Goliath was my favourite suggestion. But of course they went for something less exciting 😉

Be Clever My Friend!

Me and my neighbours love to hang out in front of our Büdchen (small corner shop) at Clever Street. Most people in Cologne have their favourite kiosk. Usually the shop owner becomes a significant part of your everyday life. Besides selling snacks, beer and newspapers,…

Traditional German Fast Food

It’s always nice to create a branding for authentic people who are offering authentic stuff. I came up with the name „Woosch“. It means sausage in the local dialect Kölsch and at the same time it has a very international and contemporary feel and sound.…

Kurian Ghoting Reloaded

After we had to shut down our Cairo office due to the recession after the revolution I moved back to Europe and my business partner Sagar Ghoting eventually went on to do his Master in Service Design at the Glasgow School of Art. Of course…

Branding eMotion

ewz, Touring Club Switzerland and Migros has launched a pilot project in Zurich for sharing state-of-the-art electric vehicles under the leadership of Migros subsidiary m-way and with the support of SwissEnergy. m-way as one of my main clients asked me to come up with a…

The Place To BE

When my mom called me two days ago she said „Did you know that I was 34 years old when I gave birth to you? And today you are turning 34 yourself. Isn’t it incredible how time flies? Happy birthday, monkey.“ For a moment I…

A Vision For ABB

During my time at Interbrand in Köln me and four other brand design experts from the London, Zurich, New York and Seoul offices where assigned to come up with a vision for the new website of ABB. ABB is one of the largest engineering companies…

Owning Coffee

The name of my friend’s restaurant was given and not necessarily easy to read nor to pronounce. On top of that the signage areas on the building’s facade were very narrow. So I decided to focus on the word and letters itself when redesigning the…

Leaving A Trace

I have developed the visual identity for a new nightclub in Köln. The result was not only the title Reineke Fuchs (German fable) in combination with an unmistakable paw print as a logo, but also the following design concept: Twelve months, twelve animals, every year…

Shahira Fahmy Architects

Shahira Fahmy Architects (SFA) is an award winning outfit in Cairo that practices design, functionality & sustainability focused urban planning, architecture, interiors and product design. SFA is committed to rethinking the ways in which people interact with spaces, objects and each other. Me and my…

Breaking Stereotypes

The Dutch Embassy Cairo assigned me and my business partner Sagar Ghoting to design a bi-lingual publication about four Egyptian students who were sent to Holland and the cultural differences they’ve experienced. We came up with a striking cover that defined the bold and playful…

BMW Egypt

Me and my business partner Sagar Ghoting designed a prototype tracking interface for our development partners Silverkey Technologies and their client Bavarian Auto in Cairo.

Reviewing Putumayo India

TheInder.Net magazine asked me if I could write a review about the India compilation from the Putumayo series. Sorry but there’s only a German version so far: „Wer kennt sie nicht – die tollen Putumayo CDs. Warte, ich helfe Dir auf die Sprünge. Es handelt…

Interviewing Susheela Raman

Hi Susheela, I’m Manoj from Masala Movement and I’m a freelance writer for TheInder.Net magazine. How do you like Germany? What’s your personal impression of this country? Well I haven’t been here very much to be honest actually. I mean I’ve played once in Köln about…

Interviewing Nitin Sawhney

At 20:30h Tina, Malik and me arrived in Treptow a very clean and artificial looking suburb compared to rest of Berlin. After a ten minutes walk, we reached the arena Berlin where the popdeurope festival took place and where Nitin Sawhney was to perform. I…