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Inviting Papers -Designing Design Education for India Conference March 13-15, 2013, Pune

The Designing Design Education for India conference has been scheduled from March 13–15, 2013 at Pune, India. This conference is hosted by the India Design Council which is an autonomous body under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion; Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

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Ink Talks 2012 : Day 1

Street side entrepreneurs, Bollywood actresses, neurologists, clarinet players and more When I walked into the convention room, I listened to the theme song that they kept playing again and again. I loved it, it was so inspiring, and that set the tone for the day. I cannot even begin to express how brilliant the first day [...]

SwayamGhar – Designing your home for your`self’; by you

Have you ever wondered, about the living room layout that hasn’t felt right since you moved in? Why is it that some spaces feel more livable than others? Why is it you always feel completely lost in stores with a million choices but instantly see a roadside furniture piece and feel it is so YOU? [...]

Aakash, a lesson not an inspiration

A few weeks ago, I published the Akash tablet as a design inspiration. Weeks later Aakash has not made it to the market. Apparently there has been a feud between DataWind, a Canadian company, that successfully bid to produce 100,000 Aakashes for $4.3 million and IIT Rajasthan, the director of which Prem Kumar Kalra was [...]

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Germany India- Infinite Opportunities. A labour of love

This blog post is reposted from Jyotika’s blog -Follow my recipe I very rarely talk about work on my blog. Mostly because my blog is an escape from my work. But in true follow my recipe style I felt this project had a place on the blog for all its heart and warmth. The Germany India- [...]

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Creative thinking, Design Education and Innovation

Isn’t innovation essential for a country’s development? And do you really need to be a designer to innovate? I don’t think you necessarily need formally design education to innovate. Understanding design does help in an innovation, but I don’t think its essential. What is essential is creative thinking and creative problem solving that is the core to innovation.

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Aakash – A low cost tablets aim to revolutionize education and access to technology across the world.

Designing Education Systems : Butterfly Fields

The Indian education system is not particularly known for its hands on learning methods. The education culture still lauds rote learning and book based learning methods. One social enterprise is thinking about learning methods a bit differently. Hyderabad based Butterfly Fields recently won the case study competition themed “Democratizing Innovation: A Game Changer for Inclusive [...]

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Between The Green Lights – Bollywood and Street Kids

If you travel on the streets of Mumbai, you will stumble upon street kids who go about begging to earn a living. These kids are young, enthusiastic, curious, bold and have learned to deal with adversity the hard way. One thing that really motivates these kids is Bollywood. Kanan Shah, a Pratt Institute graduate, is [...]

The Game Designer : Arnab Basu

Arnab Basu | Game Designer from shagun singh on Vimeo. Arnab Basu is a product manager at IMVU–a Palo Alto start-up leveraging 3D avatar technology to maintain an online community of over fifty million members. He has worked in production and operations on platinum-selling video games, like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. [...]