Inception of India's
foremost design institute, the National Institute of Design (NID), was with an aspiration
that it would forge new directions adding dimensions to the meaning and role of
design. The pursuit has been to investigate the role of design as a catalyst and
as a sustainable strategic tool for change. Comprehensive socio-cultural
development and inculcating new ideas for developing strategic competitiveness
of Indian industry were prioritized for this change. The experience has been exhilarating
and the rewards have been rich. Over these decades, the institute has not only
expounded the notions of 'Design' but has gone beyond devising unique philosophical
ideas and diverse conceptual frameworks-an understanding and approach that has no
parallels till date.
The institute in a very
careful and conscious manner preferred to build on the socio-economic and cultural
diversity of India. Seed farm approach towards education and value based
professional practice has created the paradigms where modernity meets traditions
in a seamless manner. The value of Indian Design is reflected through the spectrum
of characteristic challenges and opportunities it has been addressing. What one
doesn't realize is how so ever much we perceive it as a term glued with glitter
and sequins, it inevitably ranges from something as plain as designing a simple
product to something as complex as an age-old socio-cultural issue.
This issue of design is an
attempt to break the myth that has attached a stereotypical image to the word 'design'.
The aim is to showcase ideas and approaches of Indian Design to the global audience.
This time we have tried to thread together various areas in which design is put
to practice, right from textiles to architecture, fashion to automobile design,
and interior design to museology. Every page of this
issue has been constructed to reflect the diversity characteristic to this country
and its people. It is a humble effort to string together numerous efforts made
by Indian designers and institutions at various levels to complement the jigsaw
called "Indian design".
DESIGNED is young. Our
attempts are incremental. We present to you the second and final issue of this
volume with a conviction to be able to bring in evermore prolific and diverse experiences
in future. The making of this issue was indeed a challenge-as if taking a deep
plunge into the realms of design in search of pearls. As we traversed farther
from NID, we found the cooperation from various other design schools and
institutes bracing our hesitant moon steps. So this issue, presents variety in
design approaches in the form of voices from varied design schools and
institutes like CEPT, NIFT, COFA, Xplora Design Skool, to name a few, besides NID.
The cover story presents the vision of Ashoke Chatterjee, a former
director of NID, for the future of design. A knotty tale of braiding and a man
who has dedicated his life to the art unfolds as the spotlight falls on Errol Pires, Co-ordinator of Textile Design at NID, and his
growing passion for braiding. With people such as the eminent artist Haku Shah, Prof. Ronald Jones from Konstfack
University, Sweden, and rising stars on the horizon such as Gurjeet
Singh Matharoo and Sandeep Sangaru, sharing space in this issue, the magazine has
already moved to a new and refreshing flavour (and of course many more pages)
that would hopefully, tantalize your senses.
Do write back to us with suggestions to lead us
towards further improvement or comments to grace our initiative.
Chair on Board
Design for Cause
The Umbrella called Convocation
Through the Looking Glass
Mentoring: The Way Forward to Student
Core Perceptions to the Fore
For the Record
Where does your Ethical Compass Point
Defined by Design
The Journey of the Braiding Bard
Bricks of Speed, Wheels of Creation
Taming the Untamed
A Tuft of Wonders and Wanderings
Cities of Intimacy:
The Case of Medieval Ahmedabad
Human Perceptions and Experiences in the
Musing through the Museum
When design meets Heritage
The Signs in Architecture
In the name of Fashion!
The Painter of Senses
And the Diploma Goes to...
The Age of Blindness Dawns Again
Open for Learning
The Looming Styles of Textiles
NID in News
Design as a Problem Solving Tool!!!
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