Harkiran Kalsi talks diversity and pushing for real change in the creative industries

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Creative Boom Podcast Episode #52 - Harkiran Kalsi talks diversity and pushing for real change in the creative industries

This week's guest is the graphic designer and illustrator, Harkiran Kalsi – also known as Harky. Currently based in London and freelancing for a wealth of clients, she's worked for the likes of Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need as well as Virgin Sport, the NHS and Sport Relief.

Harky also creates gorgeous murals, in her signature hand-lettering style. And loves to use her creativity to spread positive and important messages, calling for change and a better world. Alongside her client work, Harky creates hand-lettered prints and has sold hundreds since launching her own store six years ago – apparently even Richard Branson owns her art.


In this episode, we find out from Harky how she got to where she is now – despite a few setbacks. We talk of the impact of the pandemic on our mutual lives, of our mental health, spirituality, and of friends lost. We discuss that famous artwork she created last summer for Black Lives Matter and how the movement affected her. And we share some laughs (and much respect) for Lewis Hamilton, Will Smith and Richard, the street cat. This is an energetic, fun chat with a whole heap of emotion from one of the industry's finest.

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