One evening, when working on CMV (cucumber mosaic virus) resistance of tomato was done. I started browsing through the internet, I found something fascinating.
Along with the submission of the research thesis, I had to make a presentation of the work that I had contributed in the project. For the same, I did require couple of images for my presentation. Hence, I typed the word ‘Tomato’ in google search box. The result produced many images, some of which were unique and creative, which I had seen before but had never paid attention to, exploring it deeper I came to know that those images are are called illustrations. It made me inquisitive about knowing the types of software and the approach used for creating such amazing designs.
A few days later, while learning more about Illustration on Google, I came across some mind-boggling work of Ranganath Krishnamani’s, so I started following him on social media and learnt about illustration styles, colour theory and negative space.
While going through his posts, I found information about “BLR Dribbble meetup 2k17”. Initially, I did not get a place to attend #BlrDribbble. But fortunately, later I did get it through. I was super excited about the meetup.
And finally, the day came, it was Saturday, 18th November. After reaching the Zeta HQ, when I went through the registration process, sadly people at the registration desk was not able to find my name on the participant’s list. I thought I would be missing my first ever Dribbble meetup, but one of Zeta team member at the desk asked me not to panic and they allowed me to do an on-the-spot registration.
This year’s Dribbble meetup theme was Gaming. At the time of registration, each participant received a passport which was supposed to be used in numerous activities during the meetup. Every passport had one team name written on it with whom I should team up and take part in activities. When I entered the office, environment inside was so much energetic. I did see so many designers interacting with each other and there were Zeta team members in their Yellow T-shirts welcoming everyone.
Meetup Passports from different Participants
After a few random interactions, I heard the bell ringing. Saptarshi (Zeta team member) was on the bench and briefed us about the agenda of the day. Our first task was to look for our teammates based on the team name written on each one’s passport. The interesting part was zeta team would not help you in the process. You had to find your team on your own. And within a minute, I’ve seen something that I never imagined to happen in a meetup. People were shouting, screaming, holding their passport in the air, roaming here and there to find their team members. It took me 3 minutes and 25 people to finally reach to my team — “The Infected”.
Some of the fun activities during meetup
Every team had got one desk and there were around 8–9 persons per team. We started with introducing ourselves. Soon after we were asked to collect stationary which included Drawing sheet, Cardboard, Pencil, Sketches, Eraser etc., and after which we were given a task to create a board game using the stationaries. Every team had got one task sheet. It instructed us to design a game, a rule-book about it and a tattoo of our team.
We came up with an idea of designing a drunken man reaching home with all the obstacles in between. This idea was by our teammate Divya, who had been to a pub the previous night and had hangover. Meanwhile, Zeta team members were visiting each desk and were giving an on-the-spot task to perform individually or as a team. On performing successfully, everyone will get Zeta stamp on the passport. At the end of the day, Team/Individual with the highest number of stamps will get special goodies.
By the time we discussed our ideas on designing a game, it was time for our meal. We decided to go in batches splitting the team into two alphabetically for the food so that the other batch could work on designing the game board, but we ended up eating together. Zeta crew Ramakrishna came to us with the stamp asking ‘‘Who is your favorite actor and tell his/her 15 movies name’’ in a minute. Krishna, from our team, is a huge Kamal Hassan fan and he recalled about 14 movies and still got a stamp, so kind of you Ramakrishna.
The Infected Beer Run (left) and Our Rule Book (right)
We named our game ‘The infected BEER RUN’ as we designed our board in the shape of a beer bottle. In creating Rule-book, we decided to go for simple yet creative approach, doing an Infographic Rule Book, thanks to Tarun for coming up with this idea. Our game had two separate dice — Green and Red. When you roll a dice Green, a player will move one step ahead and with Red, one step behind. We ensured that the player goes further than staying behind by including even numbers on green dice and odd numbers on the red.
When we were busy finishing the game, Zeta team organised some fun fitness task like doing squats and push-up where one member of each team will compete to do maximum numbers of squats and push-up. After fitness activity, everyone gathered near stage for final presentation of the board game. From our team, Mayur briefed everyone about the game. Although we didn’t get the prize but got very good feedback and loud applause from the audience.
After completing the presentation, I got a chance to interact with other team members. While other teams were giving a presentation, some were listening to it while others were making new friends or feeding themselves with food, I did meet and talk to Aditya Dhotre, whose minimalistic designs I always admired.
At the end of the presentation, each team and individuals in it got their prizes. Along with the board game competition, other games and activities were given prizes too. Zeta crew made sure that with lots of memories in our heart, we don’t go empty-handed by giving goodies like a T-shirt, some laptop stickers, a flask and a gift card.
Thanks to Dribbble meet up organisers for organising such a fruitful event!
It was totally a festive atmosphere for all the designers across India. I would like to thank Zeta, Flock, DesignBoat, Indiefolio and Iconscout for sponsoring the event and all the individual designers who helped to make this event possible.
“The Infected” team members.
Thank you so much all the individuals for attending the event and making it a huge success. We hope to see more such events in our city.
See you guys around 🙂