Upcoming Workshops

February 2017
  • Design Interventions For Smart Cities
    • Anchor Faculty

      Dr. Mihir Bholey

    • 20 - 21 February 2017
    • Venue

      NID, Paldi, Ahmedabad

    After coming to power in 2014 Prime Minister Narendra Modien visioned the idea of building hundred smart cities in India. These cities are meant to rejuvenate the ailing urban system, improve infrastructure, quality of life and achieve sustainable and inclusive development. Incremental addition of technology, design and IT led smart features are envisaged to transform them into modern world class cities eventually. Indian cities which are home to approximately thirty-eight million people are big, dense and overburdened and yet expected to be smart, efficient and sustainable. The rising population and urban migration are putting tremendous pressure on India’s megacities, over seven thousand towns and close to fifteen hundred urban agglomeration. They desperately need improved infrastructure and basic amenities such as water, sanitation, sewage, road, transportation among other. Environmental sustainability and urban safety are among theequally important concerns too.

March 2017
  • Ergonomics and User Centered Design
    • Anchor Faculty

      Dr. Subir Das

    • 06 - 10 March 2017
    • Venue

      NID, Paldi, Ahmedabad

    ‘Ergonomics and User Centered Design’ is essentially the study and application of ergonomics principles throughout the process of design to make it user friendly, safe and cost effective with a view to get optimal human performance. It is concerned with people's strength, abilities and limitations, and with comfort, safety, convenience, and operational requirements.


    Therefore, all products, spaces and systems must include ergonomics considerations from an early stage in their design. Ergonomics has much wider knowledge base and more integrated approach for studying man-made systems. A variety of tools and methods are available to support ergonomics-based design activities.

April 2017
  • Design Thinking and Methods
    • Anchor Faculty

      Dr. Gayatri Menon

    • 03 - 07 April 2017
    • Venue

      NID, Paldi, Ahmedabad

    Some of the basic design principles and practices have applicability in a wide range of industry/ organizations. This workshop is intended to acquaint the participants with Design: Design thinking, Design methods and practices, critical aspects of design pertaining to user understanding and collective idea generation as well as Design issues and relevance in the modern context. Industries/ organizations as well as individual professionals can benefit greatly by incorporating some of the design thinking and practices elaborated in this workshop.


    User understanding and idea generation are critical aspects of design. A ‘designerly’ way of understanding the user as well as coming up with collaborative platforms for collective idea generation will be discussed and ‘experienced’ during the workshop. There will be presentations- discussions – hands on experience on various aspects of design during the course of the workshop.


July 2017
  • Decoding Visual design for Non- Designers
    • Anchor Faculty

      Prof. Sonal Chauhan

    • 26 - 30 July 2017
    • Venue

      NID, Paldi, Ahmedabad

    Many industries, organizations and individuals are dealing with visual design without having formal training or sound understanding of what makes it work. Design for most of them is to make something look good; however there exists bad designs also.


    This workshop aims at introducing the participants to the fundamentals of visual design and eventually help them create their own unique designs. The workshop is highly interactive and emphasis on hands-on activities set in academic environment to enrich the professionals.

August 2017
  • 5 days Design Workshop on
    Design Sensitization for craft
    • Anchor Faculty

      Prof. S Guruprasad

    • 08 - 12 August 2017
    • Venue

      NID, Paldi, Ahmedabad

    Many crafts in current times are diminishing or are on the verge of it. Sustaining the tough competition from the giant retailers dealing with low maintenance and low cost products, fast changing lifestyle trends, limited resources and product range is becoming extremely difficult for the families involved with crafts and craft businesses.


    It is the time to relook at our traditional crafts and practices involved in crafting them to come up with contemporary crafts or products that meet the needs of new age local and global markets. This workshop is an effort to sensitize the crafts communities towards their indigenous designs; changing market needs, customer preferences, resource building and reiterate the craft practices by making them go through design process. This would help them not just to salvage the diminishing crafts but to diversify and expand to newer products, markets and may be newer materials & processes.