Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Incubating Design Opportunities: DCC2008 Paldi 01

Design Concepts & Concerns

Incubating Design Opportunities: Food, Inflation and the Economy: DCC2008 Paldi 01

Image: West Bengal team with their huge Sun icon and the design opportunity thumbnail images distributed along the categories identified by the Solar flares, each named in an appropriate manner.

After trailing all the other groups and getting sharp critiques from their peers in the first two assignments the WB team has come back strongly to make a clear statement showing a huge leap forward in their understanding as well as their articulation of all the design opportunities identified and sketched by the group members. The model and the visual presentation was very powerful indeed.

Image: Goa team with their radial model surrounded by all the thumbnail sketches of the design opportunities shown as a horizontal display with the viewers traveling around the model to look at it closely.

Goa team continued their effective radial model and they offered a modified structure and this time to accommodate the categories that they have identified for their numerous design opportunities for the theme of Food, Economy and Inflation with reference to their chosen region, Goa.

Image: Rajasthan team in front of their display of design opportunity maps that have been broadly categorized into areas of concern and value.

Rajasthan team used the broad categories of Ecology, Awareness, Culture and Economy to arrange all the design opportunities that the team members had articulated during the thumbnail brainstorming and exploration phase. They are seen holding their individual scenarios based on an agreed selection arrived at through peer review within the team.

Image: Uttarakhand team in front of their display of design opportunity thumbnails in the NID Foyer and they hold in their hand their individual scenario visualizations.

Rajasthan team had an interesting categorization of all the design opportunities that the team members had imagined and articulated. These were divided into broad categories through a process of sorting and categorization and they used the categories of Education, Food Preservation, Community Development, Industry, Water (Mineral), Transport and also a special category for Policy and Legislation that was also proposed.

Image: Detail of Goa model and design opportunity thumbnail sketches

Design Concepts & Concerns

1 comment:

acro said...

Prof. Ranjan. First thing - Kudos to your bloggin efforts. I see that you have taken some painstaking efforts to let the world know what is going on at NID. second - The DCC course that the students are going thru is an precise and and excellent step towards making India a design power house. We are at the point of booming economy and design in India needs to exploit this to the fullest. And what a better than educating young designers to identify the probs and design oppurtunities around them. At the same time it is important that the students hone the basic ID skills like power sketching to visualize future products and solutions, excellent engineering and some rear-kicking CAD work. Not to forget the importance of model building as well. I think design in India is just scratching the tip of the iceberg. The design education is headed in the right direction but we do need to put 10 times more the efforts. This can be done through massive marketing supported by government or the private sector. Design outsourcing in the US is not far and India needs to be more than ready.

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