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Design Education in India - Talk at The Goa Project 2015

I spoke at The Goa Project 2015, on Design Education in India. We looked at where we came from, where we currently stand and where we are headed to when it comes to Design education. The challenge with Design Education is that it cannot take the same route as Technical Education or Management Education. So even though we try to address the supply demand gap between the number of graduates and requirements from the industry, we have to be cautious about what we teach at Design Schools. We also cannot rely only on the legacy design education curriculum but make it more relevant and ensure that every stakeholder gets value.

Most of the things discussed during this presentation are from the way we approach Design education at L'école de design Nantes Atlantique (India Studio) and intend to do at other Design schools that I may end up getting associated with.

Design Education in India - Talk at The Goa Project 2015

  1. 1. Design Education in India Kshitiz Anand Director & Head of Operations L’école de design Nantes Atlantique (India Studio) @kshitiz, k.anand@lecolededesign.com
  2. 2. Summary 1.  Design education in India is going through a transitition 2.  There’s a huge supply -demand gap number of graduates and industry requirements 3.  There are more people ‘designing’ stuff than ever before 4.  The role of designer in organisation and society is changing 5.  We need to equip the designer with skills relevant to succeed in the 21st century 6.  We live in a more connected and complex world TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  3. 3. My story of design TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  4. 4. By luck to passion to vision Story of Design no design design student in a design school know design ? with design students heading a design school 2001 TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand 2015
  5. 5. TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand So, what is Design?
  6. 6. TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
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  8. 8. From creating the beauty to problem solving What is Design? Design is such a natural human ability that almost everyone is designing most of the time - whether they are conscious of it, or not. -Harold Nelson, Erik Stolterman, in ‘The Design Way’ TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  9. 9. From creating the beauty to problem solving What is Design? The proper study of mankind is the science of design. - Herbert Simon TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  10. 10. TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Design Education in India
  11. 11. TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand DESIGN TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT (1951) (1961) (1961) J  Nehru  had  the  ini-al  Vision  of  taking  Technology,  Management  and  Design  educa-on  as     the  pillars  for  progress  of  India.  Ins-tu-ons  were  set  up  around  same  -me  too.     IIT  Kharagpur  (1951),  IIM  CalcuGa  (1961),  Na-onal  Ins-tute  of  Design  (1961).       And  we  all  know  that  Design  Educa-on  fell  way  behind  the  other  two.       The Genesis Design Education in India
  12. 12. Where we came from Design Education in India TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Highlights •  Recommendation to setting up of the National Institute of Design •  Take into account change that is happening in the society •  An institute that could keep a close scrutiny of the society to work towards providing a certain ‘Standard of Living’ •  Be multidisciplinary, taking faculty and instructors from wide fields
  13. 13. Where we are currently Design Education in India Highlights •  Blossoming of different design institutes in India •  A change in the notion of Design •  The ever changing role of the designer in the society •  Good jobs in the industry •  Limited number of graduates per year TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  14. 14. Where do we go from here Design Education in India TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand In the days to come •  Push from the Government to launch newer courses in Design across the IITs •  Setting up of Design Innovation Centers at institutes •  Collaborations with foreign design colleges •  The Open Design School initiative •  Exciting days ahead for Design education in India
  15. 15. The National Design Policy, 2007 Design Education in India TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  16. 16. TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand The problem facing Design Education in India today
  17. 17. What needs our attention Problem facing Design Education in India today TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand The challenges •  Shortage of design teachers to teach at schools •  Making design education relevant to different stakeholders •  Equipping with relevant skills to drive innovation in companies •  Complex situations of designers’ involvement
  18. 18. SUPPLY DEMAND Problem facing Design Education in India today TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
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  20. 20. A designer can mull over complicated designs for months. Then suddenly the simple, elegant, beautiful solution occurs to him. When it happens to you, it feels as if God is talking! And maybe He is. - Leo Frankowski
  21. 21. In a country of 1.2 billion people there is only around 45-50 Design schools & institutes TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  22. 22. Beijing - which alone Has around 120 Design Schools Seoul - 80 Design schools Singapore - 40 Design schools - FROM DDEI Conference, 2013 Problem facing Design Education today TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  23. 23. INDUSTRY ACADEMIA DISCONNECT Problem facing Design Education today TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  24. 24. TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Apply Design Thinking to Design Education
  25. 25. Create System Thinkers Design Thinking in Design Education TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  26. 26. A fresh eye to problem solving TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Design Thinking in Design Education
  27. 27. Mandate a culture of prototyping TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Design Thinking in Design Education
  28. 28. Human Centered Approach TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Design Thinking in Design Education
  29. 29. Create capacity & add value for all stakeholders TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Design Thinking in Design Education
  30. 30. TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand What should be the future of Design Education in India ?
  31. 31. Instill better business sensibilities TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Improving Design Education in India
  32. 32. Module structured courses with applied learning TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Improving Design Education in India
  33. 33. Teach to Build stuff. Test. Iterate. TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Improving Design Education in India
  34. 34. Adapting Design Process in Agile/Lean TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Improving Design Education in India
  35. 35. Improving Design Education in India TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Teach to embrace empathy
  36. 36. Encourage Entrepreneurship TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Improving Design Education in India
  37. 37. Evangelise. Read, write and present on design TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Improving Design Education in India
  38. 38. Going for Design for Want to Design for Need TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Improving Design Education in India
  39. 39. Critique and Question Improving Design Education in India TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  40. 40. Products Individuals Only Skilled Stylists Designers Intuititive Experiences Team Players Skilled + Thinkers Makers Entrepreneurs , Managers Reflective TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Improving Design Education in India
  41. 41. TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand You can help too!
  42. 42. Become a visiting faculty What you can do TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  43. 43. Change your perception of design What you can do Design is more than meets the eye. Design is about communicating benefits. Design is not about designers. Design is not an ocean it’s a fishbowl. Design is creating something you believe in. - Chuck Green TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  44. 44. Create a design culture of ideas What you can do TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  45. 45. Believe in value of design across organization What you can do TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand Design is that competitive advantage that sets a company apart in the global market. Within the global economy, the highest performing companies see design as a strategic asset. It becomes the core to their businesses. For those companies, design is more than aesthetics —it’s competitive intellectual property. - Monika Conway
  46. 46. Make innovation a collaborative process What you can do TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  47. 47. Conclusion TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  48. 48. Our opportunity, as designers, is to learn how to handle the complexity, rather than shy away from it, and to realize that the big art of design is to make complicated things simple. - Tim Parsey Design education has to emphasise value Conclusion TCD India Studio / The Goa Project 2015 / 27 February / Kshitiz Anand
  49. 49. THANK YOU Kshitiz Anand Director & Head of Operations (India Studio) k.anand@lecolededesign.com [twitter] @kshitiz [m] + 91 95 35 20 68 28 [skype] kshitiz.a
  50. 50. www.lecolededesign.com

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