We specialize in product and digital design, and with our strategic design approach we go beyond creating design outputs – products, websites, spaces – to designing comprehensive solutions organised around integrated services – design research, interaction design and experience strategy.
Human Centered Design: We believe that putting the user at the core of our design process brings value to a brand, product or service by helping it become more useful, accessible, and appealing to users.
Awards and Accolades
Finalist, Lexus Design Award India 2018
Finalist in the furniture and interior category for the design of the 'Jolly Rocker' - a rocking stool that introduces a sense of play for children and adults alike, while providing serious health benefits including posture correction and regulating autism.
Jury member for the James Dyson Award, India 2018.
Abhimanyu was the designer on a three-member jury panel that included a design educator and an editor of a product magazine.
Top 10 Branding & Design agencies in India, 2017
Kiba Design was put on a list of Top 10 Branding Design agencies in India for the year 2017 by Kulzy, alongside the likes of Landor Associates and The Brand Union. https://www.kulzy.com/blog/789/best-branding-design-agencies-2017/
India Design Mark 2017 awarded to two products
The India Design Mark is the highest design standard awarded by the India Design Council. Two product designs by Kiba Design of the Adonia water heater (geyser) for Havells India Ltd were awarded the India Design Mark in 2017 in recognition of their design excellence.
Winner, Godrej Design Lab
Winner of Godrej Design Lab 2017 for the design of the 'Jolly Rocker' - a rocking stool that not only works for children, but also for adults as active work seating, and helps autistic children in regulating their mood.
Featured Designer - 20 under 35 - Design X Design
Abhimanyu Nohwar, Founder-Director of Kiba Design, was featured as one of 20 outstanding designers under the age of 35 to share design philisophies, methodologies, experience and future aspirations, through a showcase of my work. The exhibition ran throughout February 2015 at Gallerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Francaise de Delhi.
Abhimanyu was the cover feature in Pool magazine's November 2014 issue, in which my work and professional philosophy was featured. Pool is a monthly design magazine - published by Designindia and launched by INDI Design - that explores the Indian design scene for fresh, promising talent and fresh perspective on the talent of some well-known figures.
Wrote Policy Document on Design Education for the Government of India, included in the 12th Five Year Plan, 2012
Abhimanyu’s proposal for the creation of an Open Design School and a social network for collaborative social change - the National Design Innovation Network, were included in India's 12th Five Year Plan and was presented to the President of India. It is now being implemented across India by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
We work with some of the most visionary entrepreneurs and leading brands in the industry, in India and Internationally. Our clients range from startups to multinational corporations, non-profits and government.
Listed below is a break up of some of the various activities involved in the creation of solutions. This is only an indicative list, we work with many different types of creatives and related professionals and teams to bring comprehensive design-led solutions to our clients.
Mechanical engineering for plastic and sheet metal products, digital and handheld devices, wearables in various materials and finishes.
Prototyping and batch production
Tooling and mould handover till mass production.
Selection of capable original device makers, pricing devices and tooling, setting up engineering and performance criteria
Market study and trend analysis
Product and Brand strategy
New product development
User Experience design (UX)
Usability Design and Testing
User Interface Design (UI)
Enterprise software design
Development - UI and backend
Infrastructure and hosting
Data and inventory
Payment gateway integration
SEO and digital marketing
A Graduate in Product Design from the prestigious National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad, Abhimanyu has worked since 2002 in varied industries across sectors - from aeronautical equipment, automobile and software systems to electronics, consumer products, retail, exhibition, interiors, etc. He established Kiba Design in 2005 as a boutique design consultancy that specialises in innovation-driven design interventions for clients who share our passion for creating a well designed world.
Abhimanyu has been a design educationist and has worked in advisory capacities in high-level national and international bodies, including XPrize, V-Must (Virtual Museum Transnational Network - a European network of excellence focused on virtual museums), and as Expert Advisor on Design Innovation at the National Innovation Council (2012-2014), Planning Commission, Government of India, where he wrote India’s new policy on Design Education. He has won a few awards and been featured in a few publications, including as the cover feature in Pool magazine - India's only design magazine that covers design talent in India.
He is passionate about exploring the enormous possibilities that design research and practice offer, with particular focus on sustainability and social impact.
Interns and associates
Kiba has always been very selective with its internship program, and are proud to have mentored some brilliant young designers over the years.
Product Designer, Srishti School of Design
Product Designer, ISD Rubika, Pune
Sculptor, Benaras Hindu University
Architect, Sir JJ College of Architecture
Product Designer, National Institute of Design
Product Designer, ISD Rubika
We have a very selective Internship programme, we like to work with highly motivated design thinkers who are passionate about personal and professional growth and are a positive influence in our professional and studio projects. If you are interested in working with us, send us a cover note along with your portfolio to email@example.com
We appreciate every application we receive, but due to the volume of applications it's hard to respond to every mail. If you are selected (and we have a position available at the time) we will contact you.