Chief Mentor to Leaf, Prof. Mahendra Patel is responsible for company-wide design excellence, and actively contributes to the ideas related to human-centered aesthetic as well as functional design.
Presently an adjunct faculty at Symbiosis Institute of Design and MIT Institute of Design, both at Pune, Prof. Mahendra Patel has been honoured with The Gutenberg Award for 2010 by The International Gutenberg Society, Mainz, Frankfurt, Germany. The Gutenberg Award is an award jointly established in 1968 by the City of Mainz and The International Gutenberg Society, for outstanding artistic, technical or scientific attainment in the domain of the art of printing.
He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda and at National Institute of Design, followed by a degree in Advance Graphic Design at School of Design, Basel, Switzerland. In 1971, he went on to work on type design projects at Atelier Frutiger, Paris.
He has taught at NID, Ahmedabad for a long 39 years and conducted numerous workshops at the Faculty of Fine Arts Baroda, MICA Ahmedabad, IDC-IIT Mumbai, Srishti Bangalore and many more. He has also conducted numerous workshops at universities of repute in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Pakistan.