We are almost halfway through our course, here is a brief summary of what all we have covered so far!


We started our course by exploring the various definitions of design. While Steve Jobs finds design as not how it looks, but how it works, Charles Eames find it a plan to arrange. We discussed design from the perspective of industrial designers, corporate leaders, architects and even scientists. It gave us a holistic overview of design, as a discipline.

Design is to design a design to produce a design.

Fire – Tools – Mobility – Symbolic Expressions – Agriculture – Technology – Science – Knowledge – Tomorrow?

We also concluded that the current trend is speculation.

We then went ahead as suggested by our professor, and looked at various designs in our campus – from signages to roads, classrooms to light switches.


Art is qualified with attributes like skill, emotional and aesthetic features, open to semantic interpretation and interrelation. We also discussed the difference between fine art and primitive art.

The three theories that changed the world: Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity were used to fit art into a broader frame. Various art moments according to timeline were explored.

We then tried asking ourselves what were we presently thinking and how best can we express that thought.


We discussed how art and design are open to subjective sensibilities. The Bauhaus design movement that started in Germany was the founding stone in design globally. The roots of design in India can be traced to the National Institute of Design founded by Charles Eames based on his India Report.

Design is a central component in the contemporary design and how the philosophy of the design process is ever changing. This also gives rise to the design thinking process.
Observe – Brainstorm – Prototype – Implement – Tell the Story

The assignment was then to study the India Report and evaluate its relevance in today’s scenario.

Some of the reads so far in the course:
1. Thinking Design by S. Balaram
2. India Report by Charles Eames
3. S, M, L, XL by Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau
4. Design as Art by Bruno Munari

We will keep you updated as the course progresses 🙂