Under Forty: Irrfan Haji (Studio 6)

Articulate and competitive, Irfan loves his work (so do his clients). He swears by his Macs. He is the doyen of pre-press processes. Studio 6 won PrintWeek India Creative Repro Company of the Year 2014. He is just 27.

19 Dec 2014 | By Tanvi Parekh

When did you decide to join the business?
In the summer of 2011.

Where do you learn the tricks of the trade? In an executive education programme or on the job?
On the job. There’s no learning like it.

What is your greatest print / business achievement to date?
The recently won PrintWeek India Creative Repro Company of the Year 2014. That takes the cake.

What technology has made the biggest difference to your business? The best break-through in print technology in the past hundred years.
The recently released intuitive, user-friendly external plugins for Adobe have made a world of difference to our work.

What do you prefer: a mentor in the industry or brain storming with like-aged?
Both have unique merits the other doesn’t. We’ve been lucky to experience a perfect mix of both in our careers so far.

The most frequently used mantra in your organisation? Your motto in life?
Find work that could be fun, then have fun with any work anyway.

If you won Rs 25 crores what would you invest in? Why?
A fully fledged pre-press and digital print services office. It’s what we love to do, and what we know best.

What’s the first thing you do on entering the office?
Switch on the computers. Yup.

When you see a great piece of print created by your competitor, what is your reaction?
A grumpy wow maybe? But seriously, we love to see great work that inspire, no matter who does it.

If you were NOT in this industry, you would have
Surprising as it may sound, probably banking.