Students of Industrial Design at DSK International Campus, having signed up for a three-year course, collectively put up an exhibition of the work they’ve done throughout their first year. Each one had a stall where they put up all the assignments they worked on for different subjects such as Photoshop, Packaging, Origami, and others.
The batch had come up with a logo for their exhibition this year. A 3D model of the logo was exhibited in the atrium. “Every year there will be a new logo designed by the students on a specific theme. This year our theme was retro futurism. The logo includes a curve which symbolises pinstriping, an age-old art form. To complement the organic shape, we threw in a geometric pattern. The colour scheme is purple and cyan, which keeps with the retro-futuristic theme,” said Manoj Gautam, a student.
The exhibition also featured a few pieces of cardboard furniture made by the students. “For one of our assignments, we had to make interactive furniture for kids with cardboard. We were given cardboard to play with and come up with ideas for the furniture we wanted to make with it. Once the idea was approved, we were given two sheets of cardboard to make it,” explained another student Anushka Khater. She added, “There were two ways to use the cardboard — straight and in cross section. If you want to bend the cardboard, you should use it straight, and if you want it to hold weight, use it in cross section. We had kids come in and interact with the furniture and give us feedback.”
Saurav Shenoy, another student hosting his stall, showed us a key-catcher prototype. Demonstrating how it worked, he said, “We had to incorporate magnetism in our project. I was thinking about new-age white boards and how they have magnetic dusters. We had to make something that could be integrated in a college dormitory. So why not make something that will catch your keys when you enter the room and throw it there? We also put lights at the back. It’s a lamp, but it also catches your keys. You can hang it on a wall or cupboard,” said Shenoy.
The students go through thorough training to work with their hands. This not only helps them develop design concepts but also teaches them patience. “Origami takes a lot of time,” said student Rhea Parakh. Explaining the unique pattern she made with origami, she said, “At NASA, they tried to integrate origami into the way they fold lenses. They use this crease pattern to fold lenses inside telescopes.”
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