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Design and Communications
For Social Impact

The studio is built like an experimental lab

Over the past 9 years, the studio has morphed into different shapes and sizes with a singular goal of pushing and innovating on what research, design and communication is, and can be in the Indian social impact space. We have preferred to keep Studio Subu nimble, fluidic and exploratory as a setup. It allows us to push hard and fast. It allows us to pilot ideas, and experiment with concepts that are hard to implement in a standard agency / organisation.

We focus on building rapid prototypes backed by honest research. It’s an inclusive work practice, with our partner orgs and beneficiaries and collaborators all being at the centre of each discussion.
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We function like a "SWAT Team"

We are a team of researchers, designers, writers, and strategists doing targeted work to drive long-term impact. We are a lean team working on limited, targeted projects each year. We spend weeks with our partner organisation on pre-project preparation work. It allows us to ensure every day is meticulously mapped out and we're able to fire at high-intensity from the get go.

Our team functions at an extremely fast pace, following a rigorous planning and implementation process. This style of working has been Studio Subu’s trademark and the reason for all its success so far. The people working with us have made Studio Subu what it is. 

Our Team

Laughin Harish Subramanian CEO and creative head at Studio Subu

Harish Subramanian

CEO, Creative Head


Harish has been working in the  social Impact space as a researcher and designer for 11 years. His work focuses on building accessible and inclusive experiences stemming from user behaviour studies. He uses human-centred design principles as his framework to develop design strategies and improve engagement. Harish holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been internationally recognised and awarded the William Drenttel Award for Excellence in Design (2016). Harish credits all his work and accolades to the vision and knowledge shared by his mentor Aaron Padin. 

Smiling Meghna Rakshit COO and business strategy head of Studio Subu

Meghna Rakshit

Head of Business & Strategy


Meghna Rakshit has over 20 years of experience in in marketing and communications with corporate and social sector companies. She is passionate about leveraging communications to drive gender equality and empower women. Meghna holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business and a BA in Marketing and Psychology from Hamilton College, NY. She brings extensive experience in user-centred problem solving, communications, business planing and design thinking to her work. She sits on the advisory board of ATMA and has been a speaker at several dev sector forums. Prior to Studio Subu, Meghna previously worked as a communications director at Womanity Foundation and Teach For India. Her corporate experience include working as a media planner at Mindshare New York & Mumbai, and as a marketing strategist at 9.9 Media, and Anand Bazaar Patrika.


Siddhika Nagwade

Head of Operations


Siddhika's professional journey has intertwined with operations, education, and the non-profit sector for over 14 years. Her experiences in the operational landscape, combined with a profound passion for early education, have shaped a unique perspective on the power of knowledge to drive positive change. She thrives in fast-paced environments developing, implementing, and analyzing strategy. Prior to Studio Subu, she worked with Phio Tech, an ed-tech organisation as the COO and co-created a tool to support early education.


Rhea Antony

Senior Communications Designer


Rhea is a communication designer with a passion for culture, social impact, and sustainability. Her varied experience spans from working at an intergovernmental organisation in Singapore to documenting tribal practices in the Nilgiris. At the global sustainability think tank, WRI, she worked on communicating challenges around urban design and road safety in Indian cities. After freelancing for a year and a half, she now brings her expertise and innovative approach to the Studio Subu team.

Speaking Engagements

Speaker at Navigating the Fundraising Landscape (Narrative for Fundraising)
Hosted by Sattva Consulting
Online Oct 2021

Mentor + Collaborator:  Future of Impact Collaborative [Mentorship Program]
(Communications support for organisations)
Online Nov-Dec 2020

Speaker at Accelerate for Impact Initiative (Communications for Fundraising)
Hosted by Sattva Consulting
Online Nov 2020

Speaker at National Innovation Summit (InnovatED) 
hosted by Teach For India
Delhi 2019

Session on Branding & Entrepreneurship Hosted by Future School of Performing Arts (FSPA) Mumbai 2018

Speaker at National Innovation Summit (InnovatED) 
hosted by Teach For India 
Bangalore 2018

​Speaker at Design For Development
hosted by Parivartan Stories
Mumbai 2017

Jobs At Studio Subu

As a studio, we care less about the number of hours we clock in, and more about how we motor towards meeting targeted deadlines. It's a people focussed setup.

The studio cares about you — you having all the things you need to maximise your time at work, you having a personal life, you having time for other interests. In return, it expects you to stay locked in and push hard every minute you spend in the "lab". It will feel like working in a high-intensity kitchen. If you don’t have your foundational skills in place, it will be hard, especially in the beginning. It will be a steep learning curve, but the team will have your back.

Our studio has a reputation for maintaining extremely high standards of quality across all aspects of our work — not just the end solution, but the process, as well as the working experience we provide our org partners from day 0 to project-wrap. While it will be intensive, if you hack it, you will love it.

We have 2 openings at the moment.

[1] Senior Operations Manager

[2] Senior Visual Designer

200+ orgs

Thematic Areas

Child Health & Safety
Youth Leadership

Health & Nutrition
Women Empowerment
Gender Rights
Community Development
Vocational Training
Housing & Water
Road Safety


Aangan Trust

Akanksha Foundation

ATE Chandra Foundation
By The Way — Parsi Kitchen
Cipla Foundation


Forbes Marshall
Future School of Performing Arts
Global School Leaders

Habitat For Humanity India
IDFC Institute
IMC Ladies Wing

India School Leadership Institute

ITeach Schools

Kautilya School of Public Policy

Leadership For Equity

Language Learning Foundation
Manndeshi Bank

Manndeshi Foundation

Mentor Me India

Parinaam Foundation

PVR Nest


Save Life Foundation

Save The Children India

Seniority (RPG Group)

Seva Sadan Society

Simple Education Foundation

SNEHA Mumbai
Sriguruji Art Academy

Social Venture Partners
Teach For India
The Coach Crew
Treelife Consulting
University Of Chicago


Womanity Foundation
321 Education Foundation


Working with deep empathy and care.

Our Approach to Work

We take pride in designing solutions that are honest, practical and sustainable. We work closely with your team to study your program, and understand the behaviour and needs of all the people you work with. Our learnings help us build solutions that can improve their experiences and increase your impact.

We work on short, intensive execution sprints starting with a leg of research. This includes a combination of field visits to study the work on-ground, and interviews + workshops with internal and external stakeholders. 

The learnings define a clear creative strategy for implementation. The building phase is iterative and highly inclusive. The stakeholders and beneficiaries are looped in at every stage. Projects end with a detailed training workshop to help organisations have clarity and control on how to use, adopt, and sustain the solutions. The studio takes complete ownership on all aspects of the project, from research, to writing, design, and project management. 
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