Onio celebrates 12th Anniversary  
Onio was born on 14th July 1997, a time when 'design' was not much known in India. During the initial tumultuous years of survival, there was a firm belief that Product Innovation is what India needs. After 12 years, the belief and opportunities have only got stronger. Onio touched a number of lives, directly indirectly during these fledgling years. Many people who exited Onio earlier are doing well for themsleves and keep meeting us here at office. We also hear that an unofficial 'alumni' club is taking shape.

To update all the events and happenings at Onio, we would be launching an official group on Facebook. Do keep clued-in. Coming soon...
Mr. Anil Chouhan ends his stint at Onio Design Pvt. Ltd. 
Mr. Anil Chouhan, former director with Onio Design, has resigned from his post with effect from 1st January 2009.

Mr. Chouhan has also ended his share holding in the company w.e.f. 1st June 2009. He is no more a part of Onio Design’s brand, operations and business.

Onio Design Pvt. Ltd. and it’s promoters, do not have any affiliation with Mr. Chouhan and his business activities, in any capacity with immediate effect.

We wish him all the best for his future endeavour.
OnioNxt conducts the Color Research for Mobile Phones for 2010 for a World major 
What is the color of mobile phone Indian consumers would buy next? Does everyone in India wants bright colors? Is black still the safes choice for phones? When cameras and laptops are available in whole range of colors, would mobiles do something different? What is the effect of recession on color choices in India?...the list is long.

Onio was engaged in a four month long Color Research for a multinational phone & consumer durable company. Goal was to prepare the Color-Material-Finish (CMF) strategy for the mobile phones in India for 2010. Onio tried to answer all the questions above and many more through Onio’s methodology for CMF research that consists of 5 components namely a) Trends in Competition & mobile market b) Trends in the allied industries like accessories, auto-design, fashion etc. c) Technology/pigment/finishing industry trends d) Social Mega-trends e) Consumer Segmentation and Ethnographic Research.

Onio brings out social mega-trends for India every year during Insight India workshops. For the Ethnographic studies, Onio interviewed a mix of potential consumers across segments, dealers, experts (i.e. fashion designers, architects), housewives, students and technologists to synthesize a segment wise CMF projections for the mobile phones. One of the definitive trend for 2010 is CMF arising out of traditional palette of India (i.e. colors of our traditional dyes, motifs derived from regional art traditions) apart from a small mix of color inspiration from the theme of ‘techno-glitz’. Onio senses that the days of ‘reds’ and ‘pinks’ are over for consumers in India other than the people with higher ‘root connect’ and lower income. It is time for ‘Greens’ to resurrect and beyond fluorescence, earthy and leaf tones. It is time to create a sense of nostalgia and comforting possessiveness for the colors in 2010.

Varadarajan joins Onio as Head of Design Engineering and Product Realisation 

Mr. S. Varadrajan has joined Onio as Head of Engineering and Design Realization from 15th May 09. Varadarajan, brings with him two decades of experience in senior positions in the auto-industry. He has spent a considerable time of his career at Eicher Group (Eicher Tractors, Delhi, Bhopal & Alwar ) in Manufacturing Systems & Engineering and handling New Product Introduction. His brief stint at Force Motors, Pune, saw him implementing new model of three-wheelers. Varadarajan, used his engineering and team handling capabilities in handling large projects for General Motors in the later part of his career, before joining Onio.

With this mammoth background, Varadarajan’s presence at Onio has underlines Onio’s Design Engineering & Prototyping capabilities for large and complex New Product Development projects. He would work in close co-ordination with Industrial Design and styling team headed by Mr. Prakash Khanzode.

Mr. Manoj Kothari, the Founder Director and Principal Strategist at Onio, added “Indian industry has always been voicing their concerns of ‘Manufacturability of Design’ beyond glossy computer renderings. Varada’s (his nick name) addition to the team would help us not only smoothen those issues, but even create benchmarks for the Indian design industry”.

As Onio marches ahead with Product Design and Innovation agenda in India, we wish him a great inning at Onio!!

Varadarajan, lives in Pune with his wife Sujata and two kids. Suajata, a PhD scholar, currently runs a Science Center for kids, in collaboration with IUCAA.

Onio features on CNBC Awaz 
Onio Design is one of the 7 finalists and winners (out of more than 2000 contestants/businesses across India) of "Chota Business, Bade Sapne" business plan contest organised by Future group and CNBC-Tv18.

Here is a small video clip featuring Onio & Manoj Kothari on CNBC Awaz (Hindi Channel of CNBC)-

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