The Design & Degree Show (DDS) of Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay was held from June 9 to June 11, 2017. The Design & Degree Show 2017 is a much-awaited event in the annual calendar of the Institute. Noted animation filmmaker and national award winner Mr. E. Suresh inaugurated the DDS 2017 at 9.30 am on June 9 at Lecture Theatre Complex, IIT Bombay. DDS this year was a dual celebration for IDC as the premier design institute marks the completion of ten years of its Master of Design programs in Interaction Design and Animation Film Design. To honour this milestone, the first two days of the event were host special talks by experts from these two disciplines. Some of the speakers at the Design Conference were: E. Suresh, Vaibhav Kumaresh, Deshna Mehta, Henry Skupniewicz , Abhimanyu Kulkarni , Sajal Nagwanshi, Vijaybahu Joshi and Chirag Gander. The event was also attended by a professionals from different streams of design, writing, art, media, academia as well as design students from various institutes and organizations.
The three-day exhibition, as a part of the Design and Degree Show, was a huge success where about 20 eminent designers from IDC’s five disciplines -- mobility and vehicle, product and industrial design, visual communication, interaction design and animation -- have displayed their innovations. The solutions range from metro-specific ones, like a digital Dharavi app, to those designed for rural areas, like coiling tools for bamboo craftsmen, or a visual guide for expectant mothers. From a foldable bicycle to modified seating space in cars that can convert them into temporary ambulances, 64 students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay’s Industrial Design Centre have put up exhibits that merge design into various aspects of life and make it simple.
“The exhibits this year are much closer to actual implementation, especially those on healthcare. The kids get about four months to work on this project. Therefore, the brief is never to make products that are marketable. The idea is to train them in aspects of design,” G.V. Sreekumar, professor and head, IDC, said. “But this year, six to seven products are almost ready for actual implementation.”