An idea is so much like an ephemeral strand in a dream that most of us allow it to wave frantically for a while before we turn our attention to some other such wisp. Only a few manage to focus on just one strand, pick it up gingerly to give it a shape that the real world understands. Whenever this happens, we applaud and call it an innovation. A few of these innovative ideas take the next step and become a start-up with all the rough tumble of a struggling enterprise wanting to transcend from a survival regime to a stable life-cycle. I have always called such ideas as the carriers of revolutions. It is always a pleasure to meet such revolutions at a stage when even they do not really know if they will make it that far.
If you think it is difficult to identify such revolutions and then look at them closely to understand a bit of the entire process, let me add here that the Design Premiere 2016 is where you should be. There is a five day exhibition starting from the 27th to 31st of May at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and is the annual Design Degree exhibition, showcasing the creative talent of 21 graduating students from the Department of Industrial Design (DoID), School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
From a ‘Gait setter’ for new prosthetic users that is an evolving walking aid that instils confidence to a medicine reminder for elderly, from innovative gadgets that utilize the extra heat expelled from the kitchen to a product that empowers the young professional by making the process of cooking simpler, easy to learn and more fun, from products that are designed to improve response time in case of emergencies to those that help a travel enthusiast breathe easy… this exhibition has something for a lot of us. Look at bathing devices that show a deep psychological understanding of our systems and display great care for anatomical impact on the human body. Visitors can walk up to the future of desktop computing to look at innovations that pave the way for easy upgradation to newer technologies and where modularity, power, and performance come together to be the USP. Explore music as a rejuvenation tool, or envy the innovative toys that engage kids through storytelling, involving parents and peers. Designed for India, these products have stepped out of their phase of being mere ideas fighting to be picked up as they celebrate the diversity of cultures, habits, lifestyles that give India its vibrancy. Through design thinking, innovation and a human-centric approach, these projects demonstrate how good design can be the key differentiator for a business while being culturally, socially and environmentally appropriate.
I really need to add that the designs that are on display are all Final Year Degree Projects (Master of Design Course), conducted over a span of 16 weeks. Students have undertaken projects (some of which are sponsored by industries) to demonstrate their abilities as Industrial Designers before they step out as professionals in the Design Industry. Some of these ideas are powerful enough to graduate to be enterprises as all they need are patrons with enough vision to look into the future and enough capital to invest.
The Government of India has declared this decade as the ‘Decade of Innovations, Driven by Design’ and all that is on display at this exhibition does uphold this conviction.
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29 May 2016