About Design and Designers – Past, Present and Future by Prof. Manisha Mohan

On the occasion 6th Foundation Day of the Institute of Design, Prof. Manisha Mohan, Director, Design and Delivery, India APAC, Emeritus delivered the key note address titled “About Design and Designers”. The delivery covered the wide range of issues related with the discipline of design including its past, present and future. Besides, it covered the aspects of Designer’s journey within the self.

While talking about the discipline she brings in the genealogy of Design and its ancient legacy in India. In connection with the point previously referred she talked about the ancient civilization Mohenjo-Daro and their inventions and design structures, the architecture and design of Tajmahal, the Indian Postal Services that emerged as a unique system that served the millions of people of the country. Also, the matchless transporting network of Indian Railways considered as the unparalleled design of public transport. With the example of Gandhi and Charkha she explained the way MK Gandhi designed the people’s struggle leading to our independence. And latest in the order is electronic voting machine that transforms the voting system in the country.

Furthermore, while talking about the design education in India she said that it formally began in the 1960s and has come a long way from then. Over and above, while underlining ‘Design Education’, she elaborated the concept in the wake of the specific discipline of Design through Application and Apprenticeship. In this aspect she elaborated various factors: first, the student’s journey begins with learning the principles of design, color, drawing, materials and fundamentals of the design process through hands on assignments.Second, based on the choice of specialization, the student learns the skills and tools in the labs that will enable good design. Group assignments help in developing team spirit and communication skills. Third, Design knowledge and skills are used to solve the real world problems through assignments and projects. The students learns to come up with user centered research driven solutions. Fourth, Industry orientation and Entrepreneurship in which students gain insights on the industry context through master classes, industrial visits and industry internships, soft skills and imparted Edge training.