Anjan is an amazingly Creative person with a very very fresh approach. He is the Design Head at Forbes India and has been responsible for many Award winning covers including the Forbes India Rich List with Goddess Lakshmi on the cover. That was such a bold cover for an International magazine and got many accolades. Anjan is also a great Team Player and he would often get into brainstorming sessions with the Business Team. He is also a great leader and the team always looks up to him. His conceptualising skills are also amazing and that coupled with his fresh Creative Approach is a killer of a combination. It was absolutely fantastic working with him and would love to work with him again.
Anjan is one of the most hard-working print designers I've ever met; working long hours single-handedly putting together the first year's issues of Maxim India when we were super short-staffed. The end result was amazing, even if the printers weren't.
The one thing that strikes you about Anjan is that he is not afraid to experiment. Add his quick-thinking, problem-solving attitude to his creativity, and the man becomes more than a handful on floor. In a nice way, of course 🙂
Anjan is one of the most vibrantly talented, creative designers out there today...His design philosophy transcends cultural and political influences that it becomes one which burns with an extraordinarily individual and iconic flair. His work is always accomplished with confident aplomb but the message is always right on target....His design vision is so energetic, it can't stop the reader from being galvanized into immediate reaction...I am excited to see what he does next....
As a photographer,i have worked with Anjan during his art direction days at various Magazines - Maxim,Rolling Stone,Grazia & Forbes. Anjan is multi talented in many creative fields - art direction, design/layout, illustration,rebranding.. however his real passion lies in fine art,and he has been quitely successful about this. Mostly every decision Anjan makes,professionally or personally,seems to have a creative motive behind it. He has a wealth of knowledge about pop culture - from TV,movies,music,art and sneaker design! His ideas and opinions are always original perspectives. I love working alongside Anjan and i'm in awe of his creative energy.
Anjan is a talented human dynamo, who never seems to run out of steam. His sense of design and aesthetics seems to feed off his love for life and it's adventures. Which makes for refreshing, surprising and provocative work. He's a team player and a supportive colleague.
Anjan is doing a great job with the storied Rolling Stone brand in the beautiful country of India. If he chooses, I hope one day he can live and work in New York, since I have no doubt he'd be a success here also.
Anjan Das has established himself firmly as a top-shelf Creative Director who is much sought after by every international publication who have set up shop in India or are in the process of doing so. His leading, innovative and cutting edge design work over the years has made him the go to guy for these publishing houses of word wide repute – be it Forbes & Forbes Life, Grazia, Travel + Leisure, Rolling Stone or Maxim.
Anjan’s repertoire of work in the publication business is not limited to design leadership which typically involves working closely with the Editor, Editor-in-chief and Photo Editor but also extends to handling launch editions – Art direct & design branding & promotions for the identity of the entire brand during the launch; directing and collaborating with editors, photo editors; plan, visualize and art direct photo shoots; creating dynamic spreads, openers, info graphics; commissioning wide range of photographers and illustrators; hire & supervise deputies/designers; manage art/production budgets; oversee printing; train interns; working closely with online edition editor & digital teams to develop new ideas for the online branding & digital (iPad) editions; overseeing in house (marketing) branding, promotions & identities and most importantly understanding and devising, strategizing on market positioning of each magazine edition in an extremely competitive market.
He, similarly has a wealth of freelance projects under his belt from over the years which includes and extends to projects as varied as magazine redesigns; coffee table books; book jackets; web projects to full-fledged branding assignments.
Anjan’s mastery over his design language is unique, simple, uncluttered, elegant and extremely contemporary. Yet his designs have an energy which galvanizes reader’s/viewer’s attention immediately. He is constantly pushing the boundaries with his work making sure that clients get more than what they asked for, every time. His design philosophy transcends cultural, political and geographical influences that it becomes one which burns with an extraordinary individual and iconic flair. His designs are accomplished with confidence but keeping the messaging always right on target. His many varied work samples over the years is a testimony to that and showcases his attention to detail and highly refined design sensibilities.
Anjan’s personal interest in keeping a tab on the best design work around the globe and his interactions while collaborating with international editors/photographers while on the job, not only helps him keep abreast of the latest design and technology developments but also allows him to understand and inculcate modern day work/office professionalism in everything he does.
His creative energy, sense of design and esthetics feeds off his zest and love for life and its adventures. This is reflected in his favorite past time activities which includes being an accomplished home chef, biking and in being an avid traveler. It also reflects in his wealth of knowledge and interest about pop culture – be it music, movies, TV, art or something as different as sneaker design.
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