STUDIO 3 is a talent incubator pairing emerging South Asian creatives with industry leaders — building direct career pipelines. The program runs seasonally, working within a new creative discipline each cycle. 

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Design Fellows — Fall ’20

Shujaat Syed
︎ Advisors: Leo Porto & Felipe Rocha 


Shujaat is a junior designer currently freelancing at Concrete design studio in Toronto, Canada. He specializes in visuals and playing with emerging technology to build new interactive experiences.

PROJECT: Shujaat built the strategy and art direction for HITOTO: a line of unique work-from-home products.

Maryam Shehzad
︎ Advisor: Jane Kate Wong

Maryam is a visual designer from Karachi, Pakistan, living in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently pursuing her MS in Package Design at Pratt Institute. Her passions include animation, photography, illustration, and typography.

PROJECT: Maryam designed a photo book titled FARAAMOSH that highlights architecture and design elements from regions across Pakistan.

Nethra Gomatheswaran
︎ Advisor: Shabnam Shiwan 


Nethra is an experience designer with an engineering background, hailing from South India and currently based in NYC. She’s most interested in creating work within the realms of culture and diversity.

PROJECT: Nethra craeted LOVE, PAATI — an editorial publication showcases ancient wellness and beauty rituals from South India, alongside story excerpts from over 160 rituals that she collected in the process.

Divya Nayar
︎Advisor: Augustus Cook 


Divya is a junior visual designer at Code & Theory. Her design practice aims to create work that is meaningful and focuses on her own experiences as a South Indian woman. She is the creator of Refusing Refusal and the Lead Designer at SAAG.

PROJECT: Divya built a publication tilted KARTHIKA which highlights the creative, queer, radical, and intersectional parts of Desi Identity that are often erased from mainstream narratives.  

Design Advisors
Our Advisors hail from a range of creative backgrounds —  With years of branding, strategy, and creative direction expertise in tow, they bring recognition on every level for their work, including awards from Cannes Lions, Clio, Type Directors Club, One Club for Creativity and the Webbys to name a few. 

Jane Kate Wong

Associate Creative Director | frog design

Jane works at the intersection of culture, services, spaces and tech. She designs future experiences for people, going from the environmental to the intimate; from work to play. Prior to Interaction Design, Jane worked in architecture, on both residental and commerical projects. Her clients have included Nike, Jordan, Samsung and the City of Copenhagen, and she’s taught design at SVA, Ad Council and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.

Augustus Cook

Creative Director | R/GA

Augustus leads Brand Design for Business Transformation, a capability that reinvents businesses by combining innovation consulting, branding, and technology. He’s worked on multiple global brand and identity projects with Google, ABinBev, Nike, Verizon, PepsiCo, Unilever, AdCouncil, and Walmart. He has received countless awards in the industry, including recognition from Cannes Lions, Clio’s, Webbys and Pencils from the One Show to name a few.

Shabnam Shiwan

Partner + Creative Director |  Osborne Shiwan

At her NZ-based design studio — Osborne Shiwan — Shabnam specializes in strategic thinking and art direction. Prior to her own practice, Shabnam worked as a design director at Alt Group and Saatchi & Saatchi Design Worldwide, for clients including New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Fisher & Paykel, Better by Design, among others. Her work has been recognised in New Zealand’s Best Awards and AGDA (Australia), as well as the Red Dot Awards (Germany), Clio (USA), ADC (USA), TDC (USA), AIGA (USA) and One Show (USA). 

Leo Porto + Felipe Rocha

Founders + Creative Directors | Porto Rocha

Brazilian designers Leo Porto and Felipe Rocha are founders of PORTO ROCHA,  a New York-based design studio developing branding systems, products and experiences. Felipe previously worked as Senior Designer at Sagmeister & Walsh, and his clients have included brands like Snapchat, Airbnb and Spotify. Leo has worked at renowned studios like Pentagram and Mother, and his work has been recognized by The One Club, Print Magazine and The Type Director's Club.
His clients have included Target, Nike and Twitch, and he was recenty named a “Young Gun” by The Art Directors Club.

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Our design cohort will run for 9 weeks — from September to November. Design Fellows will be matched with 1 Advisor, and receive at least six structured sessions to develop their projects. The season will culminate in a portfolio showcase, where talent acquisition teams from STUDIO 3’s industry partners will be in attendance to recognize Fellows’ work.

With a circular system of mentorship, exposure, and industry access, we’re building a tangible career pipeline for our Fellows. Read about us on Adweek ︎︎︎


August 5 ︎︎︎
Fellow Applications Open

September 7 ︎︎︎
Fellow Applications Close

Sep 10-11 ︎︎︎
Fellows Announced

September 14 ︎︎︎
Cohort Kickoff

September to November ︎︎︎ Project Development

October 22 ︎︎︎
Guest Speaker Q&A Roundtable

October 29 ︎︎︎
Progress Check In

November 13 ︎︎︎
Final Portfolio Showcase

 Watch ︎  our Design Cohort Showcase to see all Fellows’ projects!