Category: Research


A study on emoticons – Univirtual language as a communication & socialising tool & its influences from different cultures.

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the feasibility and benefits of establishing a new univirtual language – a single free universal virtual language – through research and controlled experiments on an international, virtual scale. The subject matter is not a conlang, a constructed language, but a naturally evolved and evolving combination of all of the globally accepted virtual communication elements in use today.

Speaker at Mobile Plus International Conference about my research based on Communication inVirtual Spaces ‘iCONTACT’ hosted by The International Institute for Information Design (IIID) Austria, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) and the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) Chennai. Sponsoring Partners UNESCO and IL&FS.
Credited as Anuradha Viswanathan:


F1 [ o ] – Help Japan

‘F1 [ o ]’ is a series of greeting cards, I designed based on my current research communication design thesis, for a competition by Design21(UNESCO) expressing the sentiment of “I’m with you!” during the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster  in Japan.

Today’s generation are breaking down traditional communication methods and are finding ways to cut short the components of vocabulary. And it is those elements that form a common language thread to communicate my message in the greeting cards. And the icons and symbols form a universal tool overcoming challenges posed by language and provide communication tools to be globally understood. These icons and symbols in the greeting cards are also user friendly: They could be typed as a status message, transferred / printed on any accessory.


Ci Vuole Lo Spazio

Ci Vuole Lo Spazio  (It needs more space)
Master Thesis Team: Anuradha Viswanathan, Elena Prokina; Space: Appartemento Lago
Thesis Supervisor: Francesca Benedetto, Yellow Office,

Ecosystem in Miniature with Yellow Office

Part of Master Course in ‘Interior Design Special Edition: ‘Contemporary Living’ Milan, Italy from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan, Italy

Balconies are a conjunction point, where two very different habitats meet: Juxtaposition of the inSide and the outSide. InSide is man-made, man-controlled domicile and the outSide is the nature-weather conditionedscapes. The space dedicated to a balcony is very less. If one chooses to have a lot of plants in these balconies, he forfeits the usage of other activities for the lack of space.

Our own project, Appartamento Lago, located in the prestigious design District, facing Via Brera, has balconies that measures as little as 70cm x 225cm.

Interview Key Points

The balcony must invoke curiosity through choice and shape of plants and different plant arrangements. And thereby bringing attention and creating a focal point. It could act as vitrine-showcase and stimulate design conversations.

10-Ci Vuole Lo Spazio

Design solutions for pink balconettes facing the Via Brera:

Inspired by the flexibility of the arms of common household table lamp this could be a playful space saving element in your balcony.

As the name suggests, it bridges the two balconies to save space. Ponteverde can also act as a communication tool between two balconies  of different owners when they share responsibility of a moving garden in between. Maybe the neighbour can water the plants while you are away!

You can have your garden and eat it too!

TerraBite is born out of the idea to facilitate a mini flower / vegetable garden by providing extra movable terra-space in small balconies. The unit is shifted up and stays up till the balcony is in use and brought down to be watered and when the balcony is empty.

The Unit consists of a metal-wire mesh, that lets the water seeps throught the mud, to the water drawers storage, which helps reusing the water. The unit is also fitted with solar panels, atop the metal scissor fork lift. This solar panels then transforms photons to energy that lights the bottom of the unit.

Design solutions for yellow balcony in the interior courtyard:

STACK-UP! Set of three trays stacked on top of another fixed to the balcony railing
1 Clothes hanger (Day Time / semi private space)
2 Tray with provision for holding  small plants (All time)
3 Tray with provision for holding cups/glasses, candle & ash tray (Party Time)
Trays can be combined in different combinations to suit the user.