Timeline

  • Seeds of an idea

    The first proof of concept of Quicksand's proposition as a design research firm - a research documentary shot on mobile playground communities

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  • Setting sail

    Quicksand gets incorporated and puts out its call to arms - a brochure capturing the design services on offer.

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  • Our first global collaboration

    First project with Ideo starts a series of global collaborations on design research projects. Quicksand would team up with Ideo (London, Palo Alto), Idea Couture (Toronto), Studio Red (New York), Google (Mountain View) in the coming years

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  • Studio number two in Bangalore

    Quicksand Bangalore starts and with it our first foray into design for social impact. We partner One World South Asia & QUEST to understand teacher-learner experiences in government schools in rural West Bengal

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  • Quicksand incubates an independent project

    Starting the culture of incubation with Basic Love of Things (B.L.O.T), an audio-video ensemble that kicks off in the studio basement

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  • Studio re-think v1.0

    After 3 years of practice, we make some difficult decisions. We close down our films practice, shut the Delhi studio and co-locate with a communication design firm in Gurgaon

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  • Rediscovery of our practice

    The Safe Water Project from PATH brings in a new phase of work and provides a great opportunity to the studio to re-assert its vision for design research.

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  • Bangalore studio finds a new home

    Quicksand Bangalore co-locates with our friends at QUEST in a beautiful green space in Koramangala, while continuing our work with them in youth education and skills training.

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  • Quicksand indie takes root

    Independent projects take root in Quicksand with Greenhouse, Blindboys, Grey Garden and Fattabox - exploring the multi-faceted creative dimensions of the studio.

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  • Kickstarting the studio offsite tradition

    We kickstart the tradition of the studio offsite - a group holiday filled with enthusiastic drinking, ambling and soul searching

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  • Potty Diaries

    Quicksand consolidates its design for social impact practice by launching an ambitious project on urban sanitation in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Potty Project

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  • Our very own festival, UnBox

    We pull off the first edition of UnBox - a platform for dialogue on interdisciplinary design and action - in partnership with Codesign, British Council and Goethe-Institut

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  • Building partnerships across the world

    Quicksand becomes a member of REACH - a global design research community. Start of a series of projects in collaboration with partners in Netherlands, UK, Spain, Indonesia, China and Singapore.

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  • Moving to the heart of urban sanitation action

    Our Bhubaneshwar office opens as a mission control base for Project Sammaan - a culmination and way forward for the Potty Project to build toilet blocks in partnership with the city governments of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack

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  • Designing for the BoP

    Quicksand partners Unilever to steer a global innovation project across India, China, Indonesia, South Africa and Nigeria on disrupting the business model and products for the BoP

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  • A makeover for UnBox

    The third edition of UnBox marks a transition from a project incubated within British Council premises to a more sustainable, self-supported hands-on festival.

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  • Our first international studio offsite

    Time to regroup on our first international off site - reef hopping in Indonesia in true island style while dreaming up the next steps

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  • Studio re-think v2.0

    Another inflection point in Quicksand's history - we move out of our co-located Gurgaon space into a gorgeous, new independent space in Delhi

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  • A new avatar for the UnBox Fellowships

    UnBox spawns an incubator with the first edition of UnBox Labs - a two week residency to re-imagine the future of cities

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  • Design thinking informs business strategy at the highest level

    Quicksand gets commissioned to advise on customer propositions and a differentiated experience for one of the upcoming consumer banks in India

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  • Commitment for the next decade

    Our first newsletter marking a commitment to stay in touch and co-create the next decade of our practice with our friends and partners

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